I recently spoke to the Hammerhead triathlon club here in Jacksonville. I spoke about pre race nutrition but I also wrote an article for their monthly newsletter on keeping your heart healthy. I know it is great to eat whatever you want after you put in a long weekend of training or several days of two-a-days. However, it is likewise important to keep your insides looking as good as your outsides. I wanted to post my eat this not that suggestions since I'm sure a lot of people won't take the time to find alternatives to their favorite treats. This section took me a good 3-days to find all these suggestions. When looking for better alternatives I don't have specific criteria except for reducing sugars, eliminating trans fats and seeking out lower-calorie, satisfying treats. You can read the whole article on the hammerhead triathlon club website
http://hammerheadtriathlonclub.com/files/NewsLetter/Newsletter%202008%2009-10.pd (pg. 8 and 12)
Important: Just because a food label has a zero next to trans fat, the FDA allows foods to have .5 grams or less of trans fat, per serving, in order for the food to be labeled as “trans fat free”. If a food lists hydrogenated oil or high fructose corn syrup at the top of the ingredient list, there is a good chance that you are eating around .5 grams trans fat for every serving of that food. If you have trouble finding a sweet treat without trans fat, seek foods with sugar, corn syrup and hydrogenated oils near the end of the ingredients list. Ingredients are listed in order of quantity, starting with the first ingredient.