Drum roll, please…… I know you have been waiting to hear about my experience with the green shake.

It was “eh”. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t really like it either. I drank it and it was ok, but I wouldn’t be looking forward to drinking one. I didn’t think it had a terrible after taste like some folks said it did. It was kind of a grassy/green tea taste. I used coconut water as the base and threw in some frozen strawberries, mangos and peaches. So, I think I’ll go back to the chocolate, but I am glad I tried it.

I did have quite a shock, though, looking at the nutritional value of the meals that are served in our cafeteria.

Our cafeteria posts their meals and nutritional value on-line at work. I had never noticed that if you hover over the meal item it tells you the nutritional content.

I was shocked that some of them meals that I thought I was eating healthy are in fact, terrible for you.


For instance if I had a bowl of Italian Wedding Soup I would usually also have a salad with it. I thought I was eating a good, healthy meal. Wrong!

  • A 16 ounce bowl of Italian Wedding soup at my job has 440 calories and 26 grams of fat. WHAT??? I don’ eat the little meatballs in the soup, but how much does that matter?
  • 1 Piece of Pesto Chicken Pizza has 700 calories and 34 grams of fat! One piece? I usually eat 2 pieces which is your whole day of calories and fat! I would have guessed this had about 450 calories and 19 grams of fat.
  • Pastrami on Rye has 620 calories and 36 grams of fat. Now, I knew this meal wasn’t exactly healthy but I wouldn’t have guessed 620 calories or the fat content that high.

I started looking at everything on the menu and this exercise was a huge eye opener that I clearly don’t know how much I am over eating. In some cases, I think I am eating a good meal and it is as bad a McDonald’s hamburger!

This has really made me stop and think about what I am choosing for foods. Do I know how many calories are in there? If not, what do I do? I need to pick something that I know what the calories are.

I read somewhere recently that if calories and fat were posted at restaurants people would choose differently. I know I would!

I walked at lunch today for 45 minutes and walked for an hour at the dog park tonight. That’s 1 hour and 45 minutes walking today. Whoo Hoo, not bad, huh?

Wed Food Journal


2 scrambled eggs





Greenberry Shake



String cheese


Brown Rice Flour Pasta

Red Sauce

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2 Responses to OMG!

  1. Kent H. says:

    That is why I have plain yogurt and add my own fresh fruit for lunch three times a week..!!

    • karenmregan says:

      Kent, I was so taken aback at how many calories are in things. I wonder how many other people don’t realize. I thought I was educated and knew better, but I apparently don’t.

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