Monday, October 31, 2011

Thermometer - Fun Weight Loss Tool

I found this graphic on another site! I am very excited to print it out and use one myself.  I am a very visual I am going to hang this up where I can see it!!!  I have included the directions from the original website & her message to how she used it.  I think the first way sound difficult - So I will use her second suggestion.  

I have also posted this website in my weight loss binder on the left!  

How to fill in the lines:
1. On the 0% line write down your starting weight.
2 On the 100% line write your desired ending weight.
3. Subtract the ending weight from the starting weight. This is your desired weight loss. Write it down on a separate piece of paper.
4. Each of the individual lines represents 2% of your total weight loss. Multiply your desired weight loss by 0.02. Write down the result on your scratch paper. We will call this value the 2% value.
5. Now, subtract the 2% value you found in step four from your Starting weight. Write the result down on the line right above the line you wrote your Starting weight on.
6. For each line, all the way up, subtract the 2% value from the line which is already filled in, and then write the result on the line directly above it. Continue this until you reach the top.

****EASIER WAY TO USE IT (this is what the designer said and how she used it) 
 "Another way to fill this in is to put your starting weight at the bottom and put in 1 lb. for every line ( I use two of these - one went from 233 lbs to 185 lbs - then the second one was 184 lbs to 135 lbs) - this way you aren't always looking at the BIG picture, if you have a lot to lose like I did.  I filled in the thermometer with a yellow highlighter as I lost (wrote the date it and circled the weight next to it)".   

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Menu for the week 10/31 - 11/6

Monday: Egg & Veggie Taco
I love breakfast for dinner! I just cook my eggs & veggies together…..stick them in a soft taco shell and add fresh salsa & cheese!  I know I have zucchini, peppers, & onions that will be added! 

Tuesday: Chicken Divan

Wednesday: Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf & Mashed Butternut Squash

Thursday: Turkey Chili Taco Soup

Friday:  Crock Pot Veggie Soup & Pizza

Saturday:  Low Fat Baked Ziti w/ Spinach

Sunday: Baked Chicken Parmesan

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Candy INFO

Halloween Time!  How easy is it to eat a bag of reeses?  I know one Halloween I shopped early for our candy, then I had to re-buy it because my hubby and I ate it all before trick-or-treat.  I never really thought about the nutritional info (or really cared) before I ate these treats…but now I am thinking a bit differently.  So……..

Hungry Girl has done us a favor and figured out the WW points to many of our favorite Halloween candy.  Check out the link below to see…..

 So as we just pop a piece in our mouth… it worth it????  Hmmmm???? 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin cupcakes with pumpkin spiced cream cheese frosting!

Got these in the oven right now!!!  

I have our volleyball (dessert ) banquet tonight ..... I am making something I can eat and really wanted to try.  Very excited to see how they turn out!



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One Year Cancer Free!

Yesterday was an awesome day!  1 year anniversary of being Cancer Free (my hubby’s surgery day)!

We spent the day at the pumpkin patch with our two little kiddos.  The weather was awesome!  As we sat on the bail of hay, I looked at my watch and shared with him what I had been doing at that time, a year prior!  Since he doesn’t remember much of the week we were at Cleveland Clinic, I fill in many of the details – good & bad!  I share what it was like being there out of control, watching him endure such a hard and trying time. 

When I sit here and think about all we have done in the past year I am amazed!  I can’t believe we made it through surgery, the week away from my kids while he was in the hospital (and I was nursing), taking care of him & kids as he recovered, 6 months of chemo, the loss of my two grandparents!  As we reflected now we were in complete awe of how blessed we are.  

I shared today with someone at zumba about my day I had with my hubby and how we were really celebrating life….her response….you should celebrate it each day!  And we should!  Even in the midst of the storm, we are blessed.  Each day is such a gift & as much as I hated going through all this, I am glad I learned to appreciate life, my marriage, & my family now instead of wasting it on sweating the small stuff! 

I look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries with my hubby – marriage & cancer free!  

Monday, October 24, 2011

Former Fat Girl doing the Ironman - lost 160 lbs

I was at a mom’s group event this past weekend, and a friend of mine announced she wanted to do one of the warrior dashes.  She then asked if I wanted to do it with her! Hmmmm……I  said sure!  LOL now I am looking at the photos of the course……OMG!  Not sure about this!  But I like a challenge – So here we go!  Remember I am not a runner… this is going to be an adventure!  

So......who wants to join me??????

Found this article and was inspired!!! 

'Former fat girl doing the Ironman' has lost 160 pounds

By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY

Bonnie Crawford, 29, of Beaverton, Ore., is convinced that if she can lose weight, anyone can.
Four years ago, she weighed more than 350 pounds. Since then, she has shed more than 160 pounds and now participates in triathlons — running, biking, swimming. Her husband, Preston, 32, has lost 150 pounds.
Crawford is one of more than a dozen readers selected to be profiled as part of the fourth annual USA TODAY Weight-Loss Challenge. This year's challenge, which runs every Monday through May, is focusing

Before she started on her weight-loss journey, Crawford didn't believe she had a prayer at slimming down. "My family has a long history with weight issues, and I really didn't think anything was going to work for me," says Crawford, a project manager for a marketing services company.
She always had struggled with her weight, even though she was a competitive swimmer in high school and college. Her weight gain accelerated after she entered the workforce.

"I was still fueling to do varsity swimming, but I was working in an office surrounded by food. It was lack of exercise and coming home and ordering a pizza and then eating the whole pizza."
At 5-foot-7, she weighed 358 pounds and was "bursting out of size 34" in October 2002 when she decided to try the Weight Watchers Flex Plan. "I followed the program to the letter the first week, and lost 9.6 pounds."
She ate plenty of fruits and vegetables each day and allowed herself occasional treats. She also joined a gym and started walking.

The real mental turning point for her came on New Year's Eve that year. She weighed about 323 pounds at the time and decided to try to walk a 5K race, which started at midnight. "I kept getting farther behind the group. When I got to the finish line, I was just ahead of a man pushing his wife in a wheelchair. I felt like I was on the verge of cardiac arrest just to stay ahead of them. I thought to myself: 'I have to do better. I am only 25.' "

A couple of months went by, and she did another walk and finished 10th from last. Someone suggested she consider doing a triathlon. So Crawford began swimming again, only 50 yards or so at first, and she started biking a mile or two.
"In four months, I trained, and I finished the triathlon. It was an amazing experience. I'll never forget that first race. I didn't finish close to last. I finished in front of 500 people." She weighed 280 pounds at the time.

She has done numerous other triathlons since then. Right now, she is training for an Ironman triathlon in June — her first. It involves 2.4 miles of swimming and 112 miles of biking followed by a marathon of 26.2 miles.
When she is preparing for this kind of event, she works out one to two hours a day, and on the weekend she trains for three to six hours. "Since losing weight, I love to exercise. And it enables me to eat more fun foods.
"Anyone can do what I have done," she says. "Anyone. There was no magic bullet."

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Menu for the week 10 24th- 30th

Monday: Zucchini Casserole & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Tuesday: Island Insanity Burger
Wednesday: Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili

Thursday:  Chicken Quesadillas

Friday: LEFT OVERS (going out later that evening)

Saturday:  Baked Chicken Parmesan

Sunday: Crock Pot Pizza Chicken

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Crock Pot Pizza Chicken

This recipe is going to be added to my menu next week (I have not tried it yet)! 
I love Crock Pot Recipes since I am crazy busy these days!!  

Crock Pot Pizza Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1 onion, copped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans tomato sauce (can use only one small jar of sauce)
2 (14 ½ ounce) cans diced tomatoes (drain them)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon garlic powder

Your choice of cooked pasta  (could use spaghetti squash)

Place all ingredients in crock pot. Stir to make sure chicken is coated well.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.  Cook pasta 10 minutes before serving.  Sprinkle with cheese and serve! 

From Slow Cooking Skinny

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Would your hubby let you buy it?

IJOY Rider Fitness - You have to watch the video!!!  

HOLY MOLY.......I saw this today and had to share! 

I can't imagine telling my hubby that I wanted this equipment!!!  LOL This really makes me giggle....they say you will "find new muscles" and "you can get your children involved" OMG!  Hahaha

(I am not saying I would ever want this - I just thought it was funny that this was a "workout" machine)

You are what you eat!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Strong Enough

For all who have read MY STORY know that my hubby was diagnosed with cancer a year ago.  This is a road I don’t wish on anyone.  The fear that comes with the “c” word is one that causes such a pit in my stomach.  But as we approach the 1 year anniversary of his surgery (the 25th) to remove the tumor, I look back in awe of how we have made it to today. 
As we approach this one year anniversary of the cancer being gone, I am thankful & blessed.  Over this year, I have had my good days, and my bad ones.  But, I have found more strength then I ever thought I could.  And when I didn’t have the strength HE did!  Our God is awesome all the time.  My hubby and I have grown closer to each other and to HIM!  I have total Faith & Hope in HIM.

I have heard this song a lot lately and I LOVE IT! 

Strong Enough – by Matthew West
You must, You must think I’m strong
To give me what I’m going through
Well forgive me, forgive me if I’m wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

I know I’m not strong enough to be
Everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up, I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t You cover me?
Lord, right now I’m asking You to be
Strong enough, strong enough
For the both of us

Well maybe, maybe that’s the point
To reach the point of giving up
‘Cause when I’m finally, finally at rock bottom
That’s when I start looking up
And reaching out

I know I’m not strong enough to be
Everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up, I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t You cover me?
Lord, right now I’m asking You to be
Strong enough, strong enough

‘Cause I’m broken
Down to nothing
But I’m still holding on to the one thing
You are God
And You are strong when I am weak
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength
And I don’t have to be strong enough
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength
And I don’t have to be
Strong enough, strong enough
Oh yeah

I know I’m not strong enough to be
Everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up, I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t You cover me?
Lord, right now I’m asking You to be
Strong enough, strong enough, strong enough

Monday, October 10, 2011

Running Stairs

(my little man half way up the steps)

This weekend my hubby and I took the kids to McKinley Monument.  The weather was great so we wanted to get the kids outside.  Since the kids like to play on the steps, and slide down the sides of them, we thought it would be a nice stop to make before we went to the park. 

While we were there I challenged my hubby to run the steps, and of course he did.  Once he finished he looked at me and said, “your turn.” 

I was already at the top with the kids, so I had to run down first. So off I went!  Going down wasn’t so bad, expect I wasn’t wearing my sports bra and was worried I was going to get a black eye.  Once I hit the last step and turned around I looked up and thought, “What the Hell did I get myself into??”  There all 108 steps were before me!

Now I am not saying it was pretty, or that I sprinted; but I MADE IT!  I ended up running them 3 times!  If the kids weren’t whinny about needing drinks, shoot all they were doing was sliding down the slides of steps, we would have done more.  But over 600 steps….Not to bad for the first time!!!

I am taking steps to reach my goals….and this past weekend; I took over 600 of them! (I am just glad I didn't know how many steps there were until after I ran!!)
Good news – No black eyes!!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Meal plan for the week - 10/10

Meal plan for the week:

Monday: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Tuesday: Island Insanity Burger

Wednesday: Homemade Veggie Soup
 A Busy Mom Slow cooker  – really enjoyed this meal & Leftovers this past week -  - LOL a lentil is a bean right?? I used a can of kidney beans & some fresh green beans! 

Thursday: Chicken Lo Mein
 Hungry Girl – Giving it a try for first time  

Friday: 5th Anniversary -  Date Night with Hubby!

Saturday: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

Sunday: Oriental Chicken Salad

Desserts I want to try: 
PB Pie
Dessert Island Parfait

Friday, October 7, 2011

Weigh In

Weigh in:
Well I guess if I post the good…..I also post the not so good!  I guess it really isn’t that bad….I should be happy…..stayed the same this week! 

What Happened:
* Only one work out this week due to a sick kid (couldn’t take him to child watch at Y)
*Added doctor appointment & babysitting so more driving due to sick kid – so there was more missed meals or very quick eating….then non smart choices when I was hungry!
* Stress eating
* Running late to preschool so I missed meals
* Drank way to much coffee & not enough water

So this week:

Going to make it a good week - this is my commitment!!!

Financial Freedom!

Stress is a big factor in weight loss.  I know personally when life gets really hard, stress eating, not working out, and wanting to hide in bed become more apparent in my life. (Although now that I have two little ones, hiding in bed doesn’t get to happen…which is probably a good thing!!!)  I think for my family, as well as many others….financial stress is one of the biggest obstacles we face.  Why does it always seem like more is going out – then coming in.  Trying to catch up once you get behind is not only stressful, but can be scary!  As a young couple with medical bills (from $300,000 preemie to cancer/chemo bills to getting tonsils out) we know the strain of unexpected bills!

There are two options:
  1. Ignore it –keep living how we are – eat lots of chocolate cake – lose sleep &  pray that we win the lottery before we drowned. 
  2. Accept it – realize that these were unexpected uncontrollable situations – cling to each other & our faith – continue working on our health (so we lessen the chances of future bills and help with easing the stress ) and make some changes! 

I know we are not alone!  I am not airing dirty laundry….we are not drowning yet…..we are just at a point of making more positive changes!  As I share my story wanting to encourage others, I want people to know that they are not alone in this situation as well!  Growing up is about learning…..and we are learning everyday! My hubby and I are really working on our physical health, now we are moving on to financial health! 

A few friends of mine are having lots of success with Dave Ramsey's - Total Money Makeover!  I have the book and have been reading it!  We are going to give it a try!  If you are looking at making some changes…..check it out!    


What It's About

Dave condenses his 17 years of financial teaching and counseling into 7 organized, easy-to-follow steps that will lead you out of debt and into a Total Money Makeover. Plus, you’ll read over 50 real-life stories from people just like you who have followed these principles and are now winning with their money. It is a plan designed for everyone, regardless of income or age.
With The Total Money Makeover, you'll be able to:
  • Design a sure-fire plan for paying off ALL debt
  • Recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths
  • Secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement
  • Positively change your life and your family tree!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Whale or Mermaid?

A Friend on Facebook had this posted and I really wanted to share:  Check it out
A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and b...eautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "

(The girl on the picture is French model Tara Lynn)
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Zucchini Casserole

I love "diet food" that doesn't make you feel like you are on a diet!!! 
A Great Side Dish!!!!  If you load your plate with fruits and veggies then you could get away as the main dish!!!!  My hubby and I enjoyed it the other night....and my sister and I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day. 

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Zucchini Casserole Gina's Weight Watcher RecipesServings: 12 servings Old Points: 2.5 pts Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 110.2 • Fat: 6.2 g Carb: 10.6 g Fiber: 1.2 g Protein: 3.7 g  

  • 4 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup bisquick (using heart smart)
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp parsley
For full directions check out:

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Meal Plan for the Week

Monday: Crockpot Veggie Soup (A Busy Mom's Slow Cooker)
Tuesday: Left over Soup (Going to be gone most of the day!)
Wednesday: Pumpkin Crepes (
Thursday: El Ginormo Southwest Oven-Baked Omelette (Hungry Girl)
Friday: Turkey Lasanga (A Busy Mom's Slow Cooker)
Saturday: Chicken Tacos
Sunday: Homemade Veggie Pizza

Saturday, October 1, 2011

 My hubby and I aren’t big on getting appeitzers  (any more).  Trying to figure out what to get as the “Main Meal” is hard enough when trying to eat healthy (especially when counting points). 

I got the following in my email this morning and thought I would share!  Now I don’t know exact portions, and I don’t think they even factored in any sauces or dressings!  I Just thought it was kind of an eye opener to how unhealthy many of the choices are. 

(from WebMD)
WORST: Onion Blossom
1 blossom: Calories - 1,552  FAT – 83 g  Sodium- 5,508 mg
It may be your waistline that blossoms if you're a fan of fried onions. "It's good to start off with a vegetable," says Joan Salge Blake, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "But once you fry it, you're frying in calories." The onion blossom at one popular restaurant has 1,552 calories, 83 g of fat, and 5,508 mg of sodium - more than double the daily sodium limit for healthy adults.
BEST: Vegetable Kabobs
2 kabobs: Calories – 80  FAT – 2g  Fiber- 6g
Grilled vegetable kabobs offer a nutritious, low-calorie alternative to fried onions. If this isn't on the menu, ask for a side of grilled vegetables as your appetizer. Veggie kabobs are also easy to make – try skewering onions, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and zucchini. Brush with a lower-fat garlic and herb marinade. Two large kabobs will have about 80 calories.
WORST: Spinach Artichoke Dip
1 order: Calories – 1,500  FAT- 100g  Sodium – 2,500 mg
Don't let the word "spinach" fool you. Traditional spinach artichoke dip is not a healthy starter. A typical order contains about 1,500 calories, 100 g of fat, and 2,500 mg of sodium. The trouble is the cream base, which is loaded with saturated fat. If you make this dip at home, try using a base of nonfat Greek yogurt instead.
BEST: Spinach Salad
1 Cup:  Calories – 150  Fat – 4 g
The best appetizers are low in calories, but satisfying enough to curb how much you eat during the rest of your meal. Salads made with spinach or other leafy greens do this very well. Studies suggest you'll eat about 10% less during a meal if you start off with salad. A cup of fresh spinach with a tablespoon of vinaigrette has just 150 calories.
WORST: Cheese Fries
1 order: Calories – 2,100  FAT – 150 g  Sodium: 2,300mg
The worst appetizers can "take over the meal," Blake warns. "Some of them have more calories than the main entrĂ©e." One offender is cheese fries – French fries with melted cheese on top. Variations may include bacon bits or ranch dressing. A full order packs up to 2,100 calories, 150 g of fat, and a whole day's worth of sodium (2,300 mg).
BEST: Crab Cakes
1 Cake: Calories: 300  FAT- 16g  Sodium – 800mg
Blake recommends using appetizers to work in healthy foods you might be eating too little of. Seared crab cakes offer an appealing way to get more seafood into your diet. Served with chili sauce, a typical crab cake has about 300 calories, 16 g of fat, and 800 mg sodium.
WORST: Cheeseburger Sliders
3 Sliders: Calories – 1,270  FAT- 81g  Sodium – 2,270
Don't be fooled by their size – "sliders" pack a lot of calories into a tiny sandwich. A typical restaurant order includes three mini-burgers with cheese and sauce, totaling 1,270 calories, 81 g of fat, and 2,270 mg of sodium.
BEST: Beef Skewers
4 ounces: Calories – 130  FAT – 5g  Sodium – 803mg
When you're craving a meaty appetizer, opt for beef skewers. In Asian restaurants, this may be listed as beef satay – skewers of beef with peanut sauce. At home, you can grill skewers of lean beef with onions, garlic, hoisin, soy, and barbecue sauce. A quarter-pound serving has about 130 calories, 5 g of fat, and 803 mg sodium.
WORST: Loaded Potato Skins
1 order: Calories – 1,000  FAT-100g  Sodium- 1,900mg
Potato skins filled with melted cheese, meats, and sour cream are as fattening as they are tempting. "You're taking a potato and adding saturated fats," Blake cautions. At 150 calories a pop, the trick to enjoying these is to have just one. Devour a whole plateful and you'll take in about 1,000 calories, 100 g of fat, and 1,900 mg of sodium.
BEST: Stuffed Mushrooms
6 caps:  Calories – 300  FAT- 19g  Sodium- 720 mg
Stuffing mushrooms instead of potato skins helps keep the portion size down. Mushroom caps filled with cheese and breadcrumbs have less than 50 calories each. That means you can eat half a dozen and still keep your appetizer under 300 calories, along with 19 grams of fat, and 720 mg of sodium.
WORST: Fried Calamari
1 order: Calories – 900  FAT- 54g  Sodium – 2,300mg
Like many forms of seafood, squid can be nutritious. But when you bread it and fry it in oil, you're drenching it with calories and fat. A typical restaurant portion contains about 900 calories, 54 g of fat, and 2,300 mg of sodium – not including any sauce.
BEST: Shrimp Cocktail
3 ounces:  Caloires- 120  FAT- 1g  Sodium- 670mg
Shrimp cocktail is very low in saturated fat and calories. It's also a refreshing source of omega-3 fatty acids, which promote healthy circulation. To keep the calorie count low, stick to tomato-based sauce. A serving of shrimp with cocktail sauce has about 120 calories.
WORST: New England Clam Chowder
12 ounces:  Calories-450  FAT: 34g  Sodium – 1,190mg
Clam chowder sounds like it should be healthy, especially as a way to take in some extra seafood. Unfortunately, the New England variety is made with a fattening cream base. A 12-ounce bowl contains about 450 calories, 34 g of fat, and 1,190 mg of sodium.
BEST: Vegetable Soup
12 ounces:  Calories – 160  FAT – 3.5g  Sodium – 1,240mg
Like salad, having a bowl of soup can curb how much you eat during the rest of the meal. The key is choosing a low-calorie option, such as a tomato-based vegetable soup. A 12-ounce bowl has about 160 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, and 1,240 mg sodium. Stay away from cream-based vegetable soups, which are higher in calories and saturated fats. When buying canned soup, look for those marked "low in sodium."
WORST: Chicken Wings
1 order: Calories- 900  FAT – 60g  Sodium- 2,000mg
A typical appetizer portion of buffalo chicken wings has more than 700 calories and 40 g of fat. Ranch sauce adds another 200 calories and 20 g of fat. That's 900 calories and 60 g of fat – not to mention more than 2,000 mg of sodium – before you even get to your main meal.
BEST: Lettuce Wraps
4 wraps:  Calories – 640  FAT-28g  Sodium – 650mg
If you're craving spicy chicken, skip the wings and try lettuce wraps. You can make these at home by wrapping diced spicy chicken and vegetables in a lettuce leaf. Each wrap has 160 calories and 7 g of fat. If you order this appetizer at a restaurant, be sure to share. A plate of four wraps has a total of 640 calories, 28 g of fat, and 650 mg sodium.
WORST: Mozzarella Sticks
1 order: Calories – 940  FAT- 46g  Sodium – 2,830 mg
There's something about a stick of warm, gooey cheese that is irresistible – until you take a look at the nutritional facts. A typical order has 940 calories, 46 g of fat, and 2,830 mg of sodium. That puts mozzarella sticks pretty much on par with chicken wings.
BEST: Edamame
1 order:  Calories- 122  FAT- 5 g  Fiber-5g
Go out on a limb and try something entirely different. These green pods, known as edamame, are a popular appetizer in Asian restaurants. It's fun to open the pods and pop the young soybeans into your mouth. One serving has 122 calories, and 5 g of fat.
WORST: Chili Cheese Nachos
1 order: Calories – 1,680  FAT- 108g  Sodium- 4,280mg
They may be a festive way to start an evening out, but nachos and cheese dip are among the least healthy appetizer choices. Eat an entire order yourself, and you'll take in 1,680 calories, 108 g of fat, and 4,280 mg of sodium – nearly twice the recommended daily limit for sodium.
BEST: Sliced Peppers with Salsa

For a homemade alternative to chips and dip, try sliced peppers with salsa. Cut up red and green bell peppers and use them as tortilla chips for dipping in salsa. This is a fun way to sneak more vegetables into your diet. You can dip a whole pepper's worth of "chips" and stay under 50 calories.