You can now follow Athletic-Minded Traveler on Twitter! Our moniker is @healthytravel. We will keep you up to date (and sometimes even entertained) on all things active and healthy. Today, @WeightNoMoreDC tweeted about quinoa and we let her know that we had a great recipe for the amino-acid rich protein.
We like this recipe because it is flavorful, looks good, and gets rave reviews!
Got your attention, didn't I? But seriously, there is a very easy way to improve your health and lose weight (IF weight loss is a goal). Eat more vegetables and less of whatever else you may be chowing down.
Deli meat is a quick and flexible source of protein. Between your favorite slices of bread, rolled around hummus, or our favorite, spread with Trader Joe's cilantro chive yogurt dip. The challenge is finding deli meat that is nitrate free and still tastes good.
After being pummeled with coupons and ads for McDonald's latest drink, the McCafe Smoothie, I thought I would try one (strawberry-banana flavor) today. I laughed when, once placing my order, the first words out of the worker's mouth were, "Will that be a large?" As an entrepreneur I can appreciate "up-selling" but do we really need 22ounces of anything? Alas, I'll leave that thought for another blog.
When I read in the September issue of Cooking Light Magazine that the average calorie count for a bran muffin sold at a national chain restaurant was a whopping 420, I thought, what a waste. It's a bran muffin, not a scoop of peanut butter and chocolate ice cream from Baskin-Robbins, which by the way, comes in at 320 calories for a 4 oz scoop!
It used to be that picking up a carton of milk was very simple. There was only one "kind": dairy milk. Now, the cow must make room for the almond, bean, grain, seed, and even the goat.
Whether it is lactose intolerance, milk allergies, veganism, taste or health reasons, people are switching to non-dairy forms of milk. The most common reason I have heard for giving up the cow are the potential health benefits.
Question: How much money does it take to up the health quotient of the food served in our nation's public schools and feed more low-income children?
Answer: $4.5 billion -- over 10 years.
Today, the Senate approved the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" which seeks, among other things, to make food served in public schools more healthy.
Athletic-Minded Traveler has posted on this important topic before:
I give credit to Wendy's for making salads a big part of the fast food chain's menu. The burger joint just rolled out four new "premium" salad choices -- adding to the existing four choices. So salad eaters have 8 choices. Panera Bread is another fast-causal eatery that showcases salads. And with research lambasting frequent burger eating, substituting a tasty salad for a burger *can* be good for the body -- if you pick the right salad.
And that is the point of this post: How good/healthy are fast food chain salads?