Category Archives: Food/Snacks

Eating Healthy when on the Go

Being a busy housewife often has me eating on the fly. To stay healthy, I often will stock my refrigerator with premade meals for the entire week that are easily heated up in the microwave. However, often times I find myself in a situation where I’m out of the house and am practically forced to eat fast food. Fast food restaurants have come a long way in helping healthy minded people to cheat a little bit on their diet while still being somewhat healthy.

I found an awesome blog post in a fitness magazine that talks about some healthy fast food alternatives that can be consumed when you are on the go and still trying to watch your diet. I have personally tried many of the menu items listed, and found most of them to be quite good and have some great healthy aspects to them. I have listed below my top five favorite healthy fast food menu items.

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Taco Bells are everywhere, and I have found that the fresco menu is actually quite healthy. The tacos and burritos are quite filling and are light in the calorie and fat department. Whether you want a burrito or a taco, the fresco items get rid of the cheese, sour cream and guacamole. These items are replaced by lettuce, light fresco sauce and pico de gallo. Typically you’re looking at under 500 cal for a menu item and under 11 g of fat.

Believe it or not, McDonald’s actually made my list of top five favorite healthy menu items. The premium Caesar salad with grilled chicken has only 375 cal and under 10 g of fat. This is when it is paired with low-fat balsamic vinaigrette and fruit and yogurt parfait. They do also have a pretty good grilled honey mustard snack wrap that is a 480 calories when it is paired with small French fries. This particular combo does come in at just a shade under 20 g of fat.

I really love chicken, but I cannot always find it grilled when I’m on the go. KFC or Kentucky fried chicken actually has a few many items that are quite healthy this includes therefore piece hot wings and sweet kernel corn, coming in at a whopping 380 cal and 16 g of fat. They do carry or offer a grilled chicken breasts with mashed potatoes not including any gravy and this is just around 300 cal and 10 g of fat.

Another chicken alternative is the four piece chicken nuggets that is offered by Burger King and it comes in at 200 cal and 11 g of fat. Although the chicken nuggets are quite tasty, I have found that only four chicken nuggets does not do a whole lot for keeping me full for very long. And from the same restaurant I have found that the whopper Junior without mayonnaise with onion rings comes in at 410 cal and 18 g of fat. Sometimes you just want to Burger, and this one is surprisingly low in calories and fat compared to other fast food chains.

Some other tips that I have found work quite well when eating on the go and ordering from a fast food restaurant is to either skip the condiments or dip lightly. While a ketchup packet only has 10 cal, a package of honey mustard or barbecue sauce contains between 50 and 60 cal. You can also think small in order something off a kids menu. Kids menus are surprisingly satisfactory even though the portions are much smaller. Trying to eat healthy on the go is not always easy, but doing a little research and making smarter decisions will lead to a healthier lifestyle even when on the go.

 

References : http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/on-the-go/healthy-fast-foods/

The Perfect Green Smoothie?

Is there a formula for the perfect green smoothie? While not everyone’s taste buds are the same, and not everything thrown in a blender that’s healthy is going to taste great. However there are a few simple methods that you can follow that can make a green smoothie not only healthy but delicious.

First rule of thumb is to follow the 60/40 formula. Typically, the more leafy greens and vegetables added to a smoothie, the better health value it gives your body. However, taste value seems to diminish when vegetables overpowered the sweetness that fruits provide. In order to balance sweetness with a good health value, using 60% fruits and 40% vegetables or leafy greens in your smoothies will give you a great balance of flavor and nutrition.

The following green smoothie formula is based completely on one’s opinion and taste buds, however there is a great list of different greens, liquids and fruits that you can use according to your likes and dislikes. Try different mixtures of the following foods tell you come up with a flavor that suits your likes.

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A great formula is 2 cups of leafy greens and 2 cups of a liquid base and 3 cups of a ripe fruit. Suggested leafy greens include spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, bok choy, Swiss chard, collard greens and dandelions. The liquid base can consist of any of the following including water, coconut water, coconut milk or almond milk. Great tasting right fruits include banana, mango, assorted berries, orange, avocado, peach, pear, apple and grapes.

To get a great consistency blend the leafy greens and your liquid base together first. After blending for a short. Of time, add fruits and then blend again. To keep your smoothie cool, use at least one frozen fruit to keep it chilled. The above formula of using 2 cups of leafy greens, 2 cups of a liquid base and 3 cups of a ripe fruit typically yields about 32 ounces and makes two servings. Drink up, drink to your health.

Crock pot liners!

What a great invention! Crock pot liners help prevent that dirty sticky mess inside of your crockpot once your meal is done. I love to make cheese dip inside my crockpot and I would have to soak it over the night just so all the cheese would come off easily. It would leave a mess. Now with these liners you just slip one inside your crockpot and place whatever meal your making inside, let it cook and bam its ready! This plastic liner does not leave your food tasting any different its amazing!
Best of all just pull that bag up and throw it in the trash. There is a little cleaning up to do but not nearly as bad without it. I don’t know that I will ever cook a meal without using one. They are available at your local grocery store, I find mine where the zip lock and trash bags are.
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Roast recipe
1-Shoulder Roast, spice it up as desired
1-can of tomato sauce, you can pour some on the bottom before placing the roast in crockpot, I also like to place a few bell pepper slices below and on top to soften the meat while it cooks
1-bag of pre-washed small baby carrots
1-bag of pre-washed celery sticks, cut into bite size pieces
1-bag of small red potatoes, cut these in half if you want
2 or 3 red and green bell peppers, slice them up
then just simply dump everything in together and cover!
I usually leave for work, so I do this first thing in the morning and leave it cooking all day till i get home. I usually leave it on high depending on how big the roast is but you can probably cook on low all day and maybe pick it up to high when you get home if its not cooked.
P.S don’t forget your crock pot liner!!!

Healthy alternative for french fries and potato chips

Don’t we all love french fries and potato chips! MY answer is yes but I have found a delicious alternative for both!

My french fry alternative is okra. You can find it in the fresh produce section at your local grocery store. All you have to do is cut them in half, throw some olive oil in the mix and season with sea salt. Once that’s done you can lay them out on a griddle and place on the grill or simply throw your okra on a frying pan. Cook till they are soft and there you have a great snack. Or as I call them my french fries.

 

As for potato chips I love the idea of kale chips. I just buy kale leaves which can be large so I just cut them in half by taking out the stem(make them bite size) after that I spread them out on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until edges are brown. Be careful not to burn. If you don’t, they will turn out crunchy and tasty!

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Both of these snacks are quick to prep and take little to no time for them to be ready to eat!!

It’t a perfect little snack that the whole family can enjoy!