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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Healthy meals in a hurry

You work all day and have a busy life looking after your family. The temptation of stopping at the takeaway drive-through counter on the way home is huge. But if this is done on a regular basis, it will not only damage your bank balance, but your health as well. Apart from anything else, takeaway foods have a very high fat content and are often quite low on nutritional value. So what can you do if you are on the run and the family is hungry. Ten ideas on quick and healthy meals :
  1. Keep frozen pizza bases in the freezer.
  2. A baked potato only takes a few minutes in the microwave.
  3. Add tuna or a few chopped pieces of ham to a prepared pasta salad.
  4. Put frozen vegetables under the griller for about 15 minutes all-in-all.
  5. Frozen vegetables make a lovely accompaniment to oven-roasted chicken.
  6. Get into a habit of cooking a larger quantity of food than you need.
  7. Fresh chopped vegetables, like onions or peppers make a lovely accompaniment to quick-cooking rice.
  8. Fresh fruit, like bananas and apples, are quite filling and easy to grab on the run and infinitely preferable to chocolates or chips.
  9. Keep boiled eggs in the fridge.
  10. Fish fingers can be cooked in the microwave without having any oil added to them.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Dining Healthy

health food pictureHealthy eating when dining out is not hard as long as you are aware of the alternatives that are available to you. Many bachelors who eat out never think about their health and therefore have put on some extra weight. Over the years, many health food stores have come about and fast food restaurants have added healthy alternatives to their menu. We are going to inform you of some healthy eating and drinking habits that you can take to the restaurant with you. Before you select any items from the menu, look for a "healthy items" marker that some restaurants use to inform the diner of healthy alternatives and options that may be available. By selecting these items you lower your chances of developing health related diseases :
  • Fast Foods : Everyone knows that fast foods have the worst nutritional content when comparing them to other methods of dining out.
  • Buffets : The beauty of a buffet is that you can eat as much as you want.
  • Drinks : The best option for a beverage when dining out is water.
  • Appetizers : Instead of sticking to the cream of broccoli soup or the escargot in butter, choose healthier items such as a salad for an appetizer. A salad with fat free dressing is much healthier than many of the other options on the menu.
  • Breads : If you must chow down on breads, try to say away from the butter.
  • Sandwiches : Select sandwiches that are on whole wheat or whole grain bread.
  • Say No to Fried Food : Items that are baked, roasted, steamed, or made over an open flame are healthier than the fired alternative. Tomato based items are much healthier for the heart and the body.
  • Sauces : Sauces are hidden calories which are high in fat.
  • Deserts : Many people know that the cakes and pastries are not good for their abs, but their desire for the food overcomes their healthy eating habits. If you want to choose a healthy alternative for foods stick to items such as fruits, yogurts, or sorbets.


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