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Food court frights: Surviving the mall minefield without blowing diet

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When you go shopping at the mall, inevitably, you’re lured into the “danger zone,” the food court.

Sound familiar?

A quick trip for a shopping snack can end up blowing your diet.

Take a Cinnabon classic; it’s loaded with 880 calories, roughly half of what we should be eating for an entire day.

Consumer Reports counted calories and followed the fat at the top 20 malls in America and said they found the food court is a minefield.

At Starbucks, watch out for the Java Chip Frappuccino with whole milk and whipped cream; a grande has 460 calories and 18 grams of fat.

At Dunkin Donuts, a muffin might seem harmless, even healthy, but the blueberry muffin will set you back 46o calories.

With all these not so great choices, there are some ways to steer clear.

Health experts said, if you’re just having a snack, you should think about having around 150 calories.

Instead of that muffin, how about some caramel corn?

Doc Popcorn’s version has just 130 calories per cup.

A better beverage choice, the light banana berry smoothie at Jamba Juice has 170 calories and no fat at all.

Your cup of low-fat frozen yogurt can become a calorie bomb when you pick toppings like peanut butter cups, peanuts, and M&Ms.

Opt instead for strawberries, blueberries or bananas; they’re low in calories and fat-free.

So next time you visit the food court, navigate carefully so you don’t blow your diet.