Friday, April 26, 2013

Guest Blogger Cole Millen: How to Eat Healthy While on Vacation

How to Eat Healthy While on Vacation
Eating healthy while traveling seems impossible because of the unhealthy food choices you come across, yet it isn’t impossible to do. From scarfing down unhealthy snacks and beverages during a flight or eating the greasiest dish at a restaurant, gaining weight is really easy for travelers. But, with a little planning and these easy-to-follow tips, you won’t have to compromise your health while you head out on vacation or travel:
During a flight: Unhealthy snacks, sugary beverages and being sedentary for hours is definitely bad for your health, but how is one supposed to eat healthy when you’re up in the air with no access to healthy meals? Well, it’s very difficult to access health food on a plane, which is why it’s best to eat before your trip. While you’re in the airport, look healthy snacks like granola bars, fruits and nuts and stash them in your carry-on bag. Some airports have salad bars; so if you find one, build a salad with loads of veggies, grilled chicken and legumes.
You can also pack a few protein bars in your carry-on bag so you can eat one if you get hungry during the flight. But, make sure the protein bar is low in sugar and high in protein.
When you’re in the hotel: Having a mini fridge in your hotel room can tempt you to overeat whenever you get the urge, so to prevent overeating, leave the mini fridge key at the reception desk. Go to the supermarket and stock-up on health foods. You can find prepackaged chicken, tuna, whole grain bread, veggie chips and ham that can be combined to make healthful meals and snacks. In fact, you can even travel with a small crock-pot or portable griller so you can prepare your own dishes instead of eating at restaurants.
How to find a healthy restaurant: Realistically speaking, you have to eat at a restaurant at some point during your trip. When searching for a restaurant, avoid all-you-can-eat buffets, Italian food and burger joints. The food at these places is always filled with fat and calories. Instead, try to look for vegetarian places, seafood restaurants or fresh grills. I have found that reading reviews of restaurants and hotels prior to your departure is a great way to remain healthy. On my last trip I found a great site that listed reviews for hotels in Las Vegas regarding all of the different restaurants, amenities and even things to do. This made it extremely helpful to find healthy places to eat even in an area ridden with unhealthy restaurants like Sin City.
How to pick the healthiest dish at a restaurant:  When you’re at a restaurant, don’t select dishes that are described as creamy, fried or breaded. Instead, opt for dishes that are grilled, baked or sautéed. When ordering chicken, make sure it’s skinless because the skin holds numerous calories.
Overall, with these simple tips, you can have a great vacation and remain healthy at the same time!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Kitchen Play's Lindsay Olives Promotion: Spinach, Green Olive & Mozzarella Stuffed Carne Asada with Green Sauce

Kitchen Play's Lindsay Olives Promotion: Spinach, Green Olive & Mozzarella Stuffed Carne Asada with Green Sauce
I was one of the lucky contestants to receive free product from Lindsay Olives to participate in Kitchen Play's Lindsay Olives promotion...take a look at my creation!!!
Serves: 4
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
8 thin slices carne asada
salt and pepper, to taste
2 (10 oz.) boxes frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 c. Lindsay Spanish Manzanilla Olives, chopped
8 sticks mozzarella string cheese
2 c. green sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Season both sides of carne asada slices with salt and pepper to taste. Evenly divide spinach and green olives between carne asada slices and spread onto the surface of each. Place a stick of string cheese on the wider end of carne asada and roll tight.
Place rolled pieces of stuffed carne asada seam-side down into a
9 x 13 baking dish and bake until meat is cooked through and cheese is melted about 25 minutes.
In a small sauce pan, heat green sauce over medium low to warm through. Serve each piece of stuffed carne asada with about 1/4 cup of green sauce spooned over the top.
* Serve with black beans and rice (pictures is my Cilantro, Lime & Garlic Rice)


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Firmoo: Global Online Optical Store

In exchange for sharing with my readers about Firmoo and the amazing designer glasses they have to offer, I was given the opportunity to pick out a pair for FREE! They carry both regular and prescription glasses and although I'm near-sided I went ahead with choosing a regular pair. These lenses not only can help visually but also can add some flair to your face on those days you're feeling the desire to be extra fashionable. Choosing your pair is simple, ordering them is convenient and the delivery is quick. Check it out!!!

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