Things That Make Me Go, Hm…

So Anthem, this is how you’re spending my $90 per month premium increase, a four-color, “nutrition” newsletter, chock full of coupons, promoting Vons, Pavilions, Kellogg’s and the importance of eating breakfast.

A nice gesture, er marketing strategy, especially the lure of saving $3 on fresh fruit but that coupon, like the one for Lucerne’s® yogurt six-pack, is only good if I buy three, 10-ounce, or larger boxes of All Bran®, Raisin Bran®, Corn Flakes® or Rice Krispies®. Since I don’t consume this stuff, these, along with the other, included coupons for WeightWatchers® Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars, Daisy® Brand Low-Fat Cottage Cheese and Murray® Sugar Free Cookies piqued my interest.

My go-to for both product and recipe analysis, is the non-biased, nutrition database at Calorie Count. Breakdowns are based on a 2,000-calorie per day diet and receive a nutrition letter grade. It’s free to become a subscriber. Also, I look forward to receiving the daily, “Healthy Eating” blog in my inbox!

Now, here’s what I learned.

If you’re a Kellogg’s fan, stick with All Bran® at 80 calories per cup, 10 grams of fiber and only 80 milligrams sodium. One cup of Raisin Bran® is 190 calories, 6.5 grams of fiber and 342 milligrams sodium (Daily “Adequate Intake Level” is 1,500 milligrams A serving of Corn Flakes® or Rice Krispies® is nearly devoid of fiber.

Lucerne’s® low-fat yogurt whether plain or flavored gets a “C” for being high in sugar ranging from 12 grams (approximately 2.5 teaspoons, milk sugar) plain to 34 grams (approximately 7 teaspoons, milk sugar plus fruit) flavored, per 8-ounce serving.

WeightWatchers® Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars although 80 calories per with 13 grams sugar, garnered “C-”.  Interestingly, a 2-ounce Snicker’s bar also gets a “C-” but with a tad over three times the calories and double the sugar. Pick your poison…

“D+” for Daisy® Brand Low-Fat Cottage Cheese for 360 milligrams sodium in a half-cup serving!  If you “do” dairy, Friendship Dairies sells no salt added cottage cheese. Click “Where To Buy” for a retailer near you

And finally, Murray® Sugar Free Cookies, depending on the variety, ranged from “B-” (lemon wafers) to “D” (chocolate chip). Pass, not worth the calories or additives.

Thanks, but no thanks Anthem. I’ll be eating an “A” breakfast courtesy of Dr. John La Puma

From his, “ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine”



1-cup 1% low-fat milk

1-cup water

1-cup quinoa [blonde or red]

2-cups fresh blackberries

1/2 – teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 – cup chopped pecans, toasted

1- ounce agave nectar


Rinse quinoa. Combine milk, water and quinoa in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15-minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.  Turn off heat; let stand covered 5-minutes.  Stir in blackberries and cinnamon.  Transfer to four bowls, top with pecans, and drizzle one-teaspoon agave nectar over each serving.


Approximate KCAL per serving:  287, Fat: 9.9g, Saturated Fat: 1.2g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 31mg, Carbohydrate: 42.5g, Fiber: 8g, Protein: 12.1g

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2 Responses to Things That Make Me Go, Hm…

  1. Cassandra Tondro February 18, 2013 at 4:23 am #

    I’m with Anthem,too, and just got a big rate increase. How do you think the first phase of Obamacare will effect us, or will it?

  2. Terese Miller February 18, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    I fear, that I’m not allowing myself to think about phase one Obamacare. It conjures such apprehension, such negative energy.
    All around me, older friends on Medicare are being abandoned by long time, trusted physicians who can no longer afford to treat them.
    Self care, to stay out of the system, that’s my strategy.

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