30 October 2006

All Dressed Up

This weekend, my friends held their annual Halloween party. A lot of them go all out for this event and it is one of the most anticipated parties of the year. In my opinion, the top costumes of the evening go to Space Ghost, the 50's Pin Up, Michael Jackson (for the attitude), and the Mooninites (a husband and wife team). An honorable mention goes to Spinach: the scariest substance on earth. It was a fun night as always.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Peach (one time special event), Caramel Fudge, Blueberry Cheesecake and Peach.

Tomorrow, you have a chance to get a free small yogurt. Wear your fall colors (must have orange) and say the magic word: Scooby Doo. The alternative option is to wear a costume and say trick-or-treat.

The Owner's Corner Tip of the Week:

Many people come into our store looking for healthy choices to eat. The top two questions lately are related to Trans fat and whole grains. Each of these topics is a valid concern. Recently, I read an article in Newsweek (October 22nd, 2006) that addressed the confusing issues of whole grains.

The premise of the article is that simply adding whole grains to a product does not make it healthy. A good example is adding whole grains to chocolate chip cookies. After all, it is still a chocolate chip cookie that is meant to be an occasional treat and not a staple.

Many customers ask if the one point Western Bagels and Pitas are whole grain. They are not; however, the benefit of these products is the great reduction in calories (less than a third of a regular bagel) and the increase in fiber. Each one point bagel, pita and English Muffin are sugar free, fat free, cholesterol free, have no trans fats and are high in fiber.

The moral of the story is that there is more to reading a label than just looking at the front of the box or the bag that makes a claim to health. Read the back and look beyond what the marketers are telling you. While whole grains and no Trans fats are good things to look for in a product, these are not the end all of healthy eating options. A product that has whole grains or no Trans fat would still not be healthy if it is loaded with sugar, fat, high fructose corn syrup or other unhealthy options.

The next week looks like it will provide some wonderful fall weather. This is a link to the 10 day forcast. I hope that everyone had a restful weekend and has a great start to their week.

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