The 2011 edition of Eat This, Not That!, which stemmed from a popular feature in Men's Health magazine, has hit bookshelves in recent days, along with a new version of spinoff, Cook This, Not That! - the second cookbook in the series, this time featuring recipes under 350 calories.
For those not familiar with the "This/That" system, the book helps readers choose less nutritionally-defunct dishes at popular national chain restaurants, as well as find better options at the grocery store by pointing out which items are halfway health-conscious and which are (often) grotesquely fattening. For example, at Boston Market, Eat This: Beef Brisket, Green Beans and Dill Potatoes (480 calories, 27 grams of fat, 560 milligrams of sodium), Not That!: Rotisserie Chicken Salad Sandwich (1,040 calories, 60 grams of fat, 1,780 milligrams of sodium).
Similarly, in Cook This, Not That!, the objective is to prevent unintentional overindulgence, but in this case, readers are given recipes for low-calorie versions of their favorite restaurant dishes. Case in point - did you know California Pizza Kitchen's Singapore Shrimp Rolls are 633 calories, 2 grams of saturated fat and a whopping 3,693 milligrams of sodium? Cook This has a recipe for a similar dish that cuts those numbers to 270, 0 and 390 respectively.
Or take Charbroiled Steak Nachos from Baja Fresh, which will run you 2,120 calories, 118 grams of fat and 2,990 milligrams of sodium, while the Cook This rendition is just 360, 14 and 610 down the line.
Pretty shocking, right? So how about a little game? Guess which out of each pair is the more healthy option, and let us know in the Comments section how many you got right. (Answers on the next page.)
Dunkin' Donuts: Egg & Cheese Wake-Up Wraps vs. Sesame Bagel w/ reduced fat strawberry cream cheese
Chipotle: Steak Salad vs. Steak Burrito Bowl
T.G.I.Friday's: Flat Iron Steak vs. California Turkey Burger
Papa John's: Spinach Alfredo Pizza vs. Spicy Italian Pizza
Cold Stone Creamery: Sinless Cake n' Shake Milk Shake vs. Cake Batter Ice Cream
Eat This: Egg & Cheese Wake-Up Wraps (360 calories, 20 g fat, 1,020 mg sodium) vs. Not That!: Sesame Bagel w/ reduced fat strawberry cream cheese (510 calories, 16 g fat, 860 mg sodium)
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Eat This: Steak Salad (560 calories, 19 g fat, 1,370 mg sodium) vs. Not That!: Steak Burrito Bowl (760 calories, 42 g fat, 1,945 mg sodium)
T.G.I.Friday's: Not That!: California Turkey Burger (1,005 calories) vs. Eat This: Flat Iron Steak (820 calories)
Papa John's: Eat This: Spinach Alfredo Pizza (420 calories, 16 g fat, 940 mg sodium) vs. Not That!: Spicy Italian Pizza (540 calories, 26 g fat, 1,380 mg sodium)
Cold Stone Creamery: Not That!: Sinless Cake n' Shake Milk Shake (670 calories, 7 g fat, 57 g sugars) vs. Eat This: Cake Batter Ice Cream (340 calories, 19 g fat, 32 g sugars)