Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is a seed grain. It is commonly used in place of rice since it is a lighter carbohydrate. It also has more protein and fiber than white rice. It can be used in place of rice (dinner/lunch) and grain (breakfast) meals.
Jasmine Rice is a long grain rice that is named after the Jasmine flower. It is known for its sweet smell and taste. Paired with vegetables, it the perfect complimentary and a satisfying grain.
The Breadless Breakfast Frittata Sandwich
No Bun, no problem... here is a recipe for a bunless egg sandwich.
By Ana Lefebvre
As someone that is allergic to gluten, I am always searching for something that will replace bread. A Frittata is the Italian version of the American Omelette. It can be a nice substitute for a bunless egg sandwich.
Here is my recipe for the breadless breakfast sandwich that is gluten free and can also be made for vegetarians.
How to Order Healthy at Restaurants and Still Stay on Track
It is possible to eat healthy and dine out. You will always eat the healthiest at home since, you control the ingredients that go in your food. Eating out is inevitable since it is a cultural norm. So here are tips on how to order healthy at restaurants.
If you are going to a restaurant that has big portions, appetizers are unnecessary. Appetizers are a quick food item that restaurants put out. Quick food are usually prepared unhealthy (fried) and are a great way to add unnecessary calories. Now there are always exceptions. If they have something healthy like a antipasto caprese, then go for it.
Always oil and vinegar.
Stay away from restaurant prepared dressings. They usually have bad fat and a ton of sodium. You can make a healthy ranch at home, but restaurants usually make sauces with cost efficient ingredients. Ask for oil and vinegar.
*Tip- some restaurants pass off regular oil as olive oil. Purchase small bottles of olive oil and vinegar and bring it with you.
Don’t eat the bread.
Bread is made with a ton of sugar. Sugar turns into fat if it is not burned off. Also, white sugar is terrible for you.
Grilled is your friend or raw.
Stick with shrimp, salmon or chicken breast or a piece of steak that doesn’t have much fat.
Ask for no butter on your vegetables.
A lot of restaurants will automatically put margarine on their vegetables, that’s why it tastes so good. Use your oil, vinegar and pepper.
If you really want desert, ask for whip cream and fruit or a scoop of ice cream.
Salads may not be your best friend.
Cheeses, croutons (bread), bacon, eggs, all add on fats, which turn into empty calories.
If you want drinks, not all wine is bad for you. If you are looking for a low calorie drink vodka, soda is the winner.
New: Dunkin' Donuts fries
Dunkin' Donuts Now Selling Dunkin Donut Fries and Giving away free Coffee Today
Boston, Massachusetts: Today, in Boston, Dunkin’ Donuts is selling their new debut Dunkin’ Donuts Fries along with pretzels and waffle-breaded chicken fingers and more as part of a new $2 snacking menu.
Today’s food test will serve as a way to gain feedback from customers and employees to help determine whether to sell the items, nationally.
Fast food restaurants are constantly changing items to keep up with their demographic. Dunkin’ Donuts on the west coast is now Dunkin’. Taco Bell recently introduced the $1.00 Nacho Fries, which have been a successful launch. McDonalds has recently taken the “Hot and Spicy” off the menu, resulting in petitions and boycotts. Wendy’s has now launched a campaign jesting McDonalds.
Have you tried the new Dunkin’ Donuts Fries? Let us know on social media.
10 Easy ways to Eat Healthier Today
In 2019, eating healthy is not hard because of the vast options that we have. The hardest part is re-training the brain upon what we should or shouldn’t eat. By now, we know that processed foods are not healthy for us and can lead to many diseases, but the accessibility still makes it an option.
Here are 10 easy ways to eat healthier today.
1. Ditch the soda!
By now, we all know that artificially sweetened drinks are terrible for you (both diet and regular soda). If you still want something carbonated, try sparkling water that hasn’t any artificial sweetener and is free of artificial dyes.
2. Never let yourself get hungry
Eat 5-6 small meals a day and eat on a set time. If you allow yourself to get hungry the bad temptations will be harder to resist.
Replace the second cup of coffee with green tea. It has a good amount of caffeine and it can also boost your metabolism.
4. Purchase easy accessible fruit and vegetables
Snacks are always marketed as easy access and quick food item. Why shouldn’t your fruits and vegetables be? Either food prep or purchase them in such a way.
6. Brown over white
Switch to brown rice over white rice. Switch to whole grain over white bread. Did you know that brown rice is whole grain and white rice is bleached and hard for your body to digest?
7. Plan your cheat meal
Allow yourself to have a processed meal. Unless you are on a restricted “diet” for health reasons, have 1 naughty meal a week, but plan it. Plan it on the for the holiday or the night you have dinner out.
8. Start taking vitamins
Speak to your health professional first, but you will be surprised how a Multivitamin or Vitamin C can make a big impact.
9. Hide tempting food
If you have kids or others in the house that have the processed items, take them out of arms and eye reach. Out of sight, out of mind.
10. Drink a lean protein shake to help satisfy a snack or meal
You can put fruits and vegetables in it or simply use almond milk.
Fitness & Health
How to Recuperate from Holiday Dining
After Months of Tragic Eating
by Ana Lefebvre
The Holiday can be brutal on my body. My stomach (body) has to do double duty of getting rid of processed foods, white sugar, and white flour (which are also processed, but I feel like they should have their own category).
Here is what I will be doing as a recovery and my tips on recuperating from Holiday Dining:
1. Eat at least three meals a day
It is well known that you should eat 3 meals a day for your metabolism, but according to the New York Post, “2,000 Americans found that the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner meal structure is now followed by just 27 percent of people today.”
2. Nothing made with white flour
Refined flour is hard for the body to digest. Most processed carbs has tons of sugar hiding into it, which spikes your glucose. Also, sugar turns into fat and bad fats have the tendency to sit in your digestive system.
3. Work Out
Eating right is very good for your body, but getting your “blood pumping” is very important for your overall health. There are so many different ways to workout. The key is finding something that you will stick to.
4. Give your body a break with your bad habit
Most of us have a bad habit. It could be a favorite snack or a a glass of wine every night. Give your body a break by taking a break from your bad habit.
5. Drink lots of water
Another nutritional thing that we all know, but most do not do. The easiest way to track your water intake is to write it down. I have check marks on my calendar for each glass (cup) of water I drink.