Fast-Food Turkey Burgers & Surviving Office Temptation!

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Hey Hungry Girl,

Your recipes have helped me survive this healthy-eating thing. I want to know your take on the new Carl's Jr. Turkey Burger. I looked at the stats online and they're a bit scary -- 23 grams of fat. I was wondering if some special ordering could improve the stats enough -- or should I just skip it?! Thanks!

Stacy Girl

Hi Stacy,

You're not alone. Everyone wants to know more about those turkey burgers. Because let's face it: Having "under 500 calories" isn't terribly impressive for a single fast-food item, especially when it packs a ton of fat. Here's the deal: CJ offers three versions of its Turkey Burgers. The least fattening option is the Teriyaki Turkey Burger, with 470 calories and 14 grams of fat (PointsPlus® value 12*). Still pretty steep! The Carl's Jr. people don't provide the full breakdown of nutritional stats from each ingredient on their website, but they were awesome enough to provide us with that very valuable info!!! SHOCKER ALERT: In the regular 490-calorie, 23-grams-of-fat Turkey Burger, 109 calories and 13 grams of fat come from mayo alone! WHY DO IT?! The bun contributes 206 calories and 3 grams of fat. So if you order the regular Turkey Burger without mayo, it'll have 381 calories, 10g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 10*. If you skip the mayo and order it on a lettuce wrap instead of the bun, a.k.a. "Low Carb" style, it'll have just 175 calories, 7g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 4*. How awesome is that!?! P.S. Hardee's (sibling restaurant to Carl's Jr.) has slightly different varieties of these Turkey Burgers, but you can do the whole lettuce bun/no fatty condiments trick there as well. Okay, now I'm hungry!

Hello HG,

I work in an office with a lot of other women, but it seems like I am the only one concerned with weight control. Every day someone brings in cakes and cookies and all sorts of hard-to-resist foods. I end up giving in when faced with this kind of temptation. What can I do?

Distressed at the Office

Hi Distressed,

I'm sorry you're having a tough time, and I can totally relate. That is NOT an easy situation. Here are some tips that I think may help...

Bring snacks that will truly satisfy your cravings. If cookies are your downfall and all you have on hand is cottage cheese, chances are you're gonna cave in to those fattening treats. So bring something dessert-like that'll satisfy your sweet tooth for fewer calories. Try a 100-calorie cookie pack (like Nabisco 100 Cal Chips Ahoy! Thin Crisps), a VitaTop, or a sweet snack bar with reasonable stats (like a Quaker Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bar). Stock up on fruit and protein-packed snacks as well, so you have something smarter to munch on when you're not in full-on crave mode.

Make sure you're eating enough "real" food and drinking enough water. I know if I forget to eat my usual breakfast (a piece of fruit and a low-fat egg scramble with cheese!) and then hours later I'm faced with muffins and bagels, it's hard to resist those things. Same goes if I'm dehydrated. So eat breakfast. Eat lunch. And drink water throughout the day!

Surprise your co-workers with something guilt-free. You don't even have to tell them it's low in calories. (Okay, unless it's like... a Jell-O mold. Then they'll totally know.) Whip up a batch of Yum Yum Brownie Muffins, or just toss a bunch of fruit in a pretty bowl. Not only will you have something "safe" to chew, but your calorie-cutting ways could just rub off on your office mates.

Try not to beat yourself up if you do give in once in a while. Just aim to burn some extra calories that day (even taking the stairs counts!), and resolve to eat a little better the next day. No biggie!

Let me know how it goes, and hang in there :)

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