Michele Cannell

Fitness professional certified in Personal Training, Wellness, CPR/AED, Cycling, Pilates, YogaFit, and Tai Chi, mother of two teenage daughters, and living with Celiac Disease.

All Calories are Not Created Equal

If you read my blog on Basal Metabolic Rate, you know how many calories you should be consuming daily. Just remember that not all calories are equal when you are trying to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Sure, I can have the hamburger from my local fast food restaurant.

Cheeseburger: 300 calories; 12 grams of fat( 6 grams saturated and .5 transfats) 680 mg sodium; 40 mg of cholesterol; 15 grams of protein; 15% iron

Or I can have a turkey or even a vegan burger at home. see below:

Turkey Burger:
Burger: Jennie-O Lean ( popular frozen patty brand) 180 calories; 21 grams of protein; 6% iron; 100 mg sodium; 9 grams of fat
Whole Wheat Bun: Rudi’s Organic Bakery 100% Whole Wheat Buns 160 calories; 1 gram fat; 150 mg sodium; 4 grams protein; 6% iron
Applegate Natural American Cheese: 80 calories; 7 grams of fat; protein: 5 grams; 270 grams sodium

Total Calories: 420
Fat: 17 grams
Protein: 30 grams
Iron: 12%
Sodium: 520 grams

Vegan Burger:
Gardenburger Veggie Burgers ( won the taste test for frozen patties serious seats.com)
Calories: 110; Fat 1.5 grams; 490 grams sodium; 5 grams protein; 4 % iron
* replace the turkey burger with the vegan burger for calorie count

As you can see, there isn’t a difference in calories, fat and sodium. They have the same or similar calories etc., but what are you fueling your body with or what do you want to fuel your body with? The turkey burger is completely natural, the bun is 100% wheat and the cheese is all natural. You can try this with every thing you eat daily. Is there a way that you can make it healthier and natural? Is there a way to integrate this into your daily life? Your body will thank you!

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