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Healthy Lunches for Back to School

3 Sep

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Hi sushi lovers! The following post is another helpful and healthy from our friends at Lifestyle Revolutions:

Hey Mom and Dad, school time is back again and its time to add an important step to your morning routine: packing the lunch box!

Kids love options that are healthy, quick, and easy to eat and even though they may prefer French fries and chicken strips on a daily basis, they also will love the thought you put into packing them a fun, healthy, and thought-filled lunch.  Healthier options may also help them focus throughout class and keep them from feeling a slump in the middle of their day.  Here are some tips, suggestions and easy recipes that will make your kiddo excited to dig in!

Meal Idea #1:

Grilled Cheese Sandwich and “Ants on a Log”

Take a slice of organic cheese between 2 pieces of Ezekial or Whole Wheat bread and cook on stove until cheese melts.

“Ants on a Log”: Take 1-2 Tablespoons of organic peanut butter or almond butter and smear in the “dip” of 3-4 pieces of celery.  Place raisins or dried cranberries on the butter in a row to look like marching “ants”.

Add in a piece of their favorite fruit and you’re good to go!

Meal Idea #2:

Muffin Pizzas and veggies

Toast a whole wheat English muffin. Spread some tomato-based sauce (about 2 Tablespoons) on both cut sides.  Meat-eaters add a little bit of grilled chicken pieces, or nitrate-free pepperoni and sprinkle organic mozzarella cheese on top and put into the toaster oven or under the broiler until cheese melts.  Vegetarian kiddos can sprinkle extra veggies and Vegan cheese on top.

As a side, give them baby carrots, celery, cucumber slices, or broccoli with low-fat salad dressing as a dipping sauce.

Meal Idea #3:

Turkey and Cheese Rollups with fruit and yogurt dip

Roll 2-4 slices of organic, nitrate-free deli turkey and low-fat cheese slices together and secure with toothpicks. Then mix 1 6oz container of yogurt with 1 Tablespoon of organic peanut or almond butter, and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon (optional).  Add the side of fruit to dip the sauce and they are set!

Meal Idea #4: Gluten Free and Vegetarian

Banana Butter Honey Hot Dog

Take an Udi’s or Rudi’s gluten free hot dog bun and smear 1 Tablespoon organic almond butter or peanut butter inside.  Next add about 1 Tablespoon raw honey and place a small banana inside the bun.  Wrap a paper towel around the dog to keep honey from getting bun too sticky on the outside.

Add some veggies like snap peas or sliced zucchini as a side. Yum-o!

Try a few of these out and let us know what your kids think!

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Rollin’ With Petey

2 Aug

Patrick, aka Petey (if you’re besties like we are), was the first Honor Roller at hdyr? College Station. After receiving his new card, he e-mailed us a story more incredible than we could have imagined.

“Thank you! Today I ate at the store here in College Station and all the employees (who know me by name now), were saying they had never seen an Honor Roller card, so I was happy to show it off. 🙂 I’d also like you to know that the reason I eat at HDYR so often is because there are so many different combinations, and most everything is healthy; I’ve lost 60 pounds since May 2011 just by making HDYR a regular lunch for myself and working out a bit. So glad I stumbled upon this unique, great franchise!”

— Petey

This e-mail of course prompted a serious investigation – we had to get to the bottom of his claim! Petey was super cooperative (there’s something to be said about how nice and easy-going people from College Station, Texas are) and sent us pictures of him from his heaviest days – about 300 pounds.

We were sold. We had to meet the man who made such a drastic change in part due to hdyr? We invited him to Austin (not exactly a tourist town if you’re an Aggie) to be a spokesperson for the new campaign, A Better You By You.

When we finally met Petey in May of 2012, he was down to 222.7 pounds and full of energy. He was SO excited to share his story for the   (little did he know he’d be getting in a decent workout).

Being around Petey, you just can’t help but to feel inspired. He doesn’t settle and is always ready to give 110%. While on set, he would even chat with the photographer and give ideas for shots.

We’re honored to have Petey as a loyal roller and to have met such a cool guy. Check out his story on our website and tell us yours!

Sushi nutritional information

23 Apr

Although “healthy fast-food” sounds like somewhat of an oxymoron, making quality sushi available for those “on-the-go” was the goal of the Yung brothers when they created HDYR. But just how good is sushi for you, you ask? Depending on how you roll, sushi is quite easily one of THE healthiest options out there. Of course, if you get the fried shrimp tempura covered in spicy mayo, it’s not going to be very healthy, but OH MAN is it delicious! The nori (seaweed) wrap is “one of the healthiest foods you can eat” * with an array of vitamins, minerals and enzymes and only 13 calories a sheet. Fish provide lean sources of protein rich in vitamins, minerals and omega fatty acids. And everybody knows you’re supposed to eat your vegetables; sushi provides a tasty way to do that! Not only do we provide these things, but we take it a step further: our fish is ethically-farmed or wild-caught (so they’re not just good for you, but good for the environment too) and we have completely obliterated MSG from all our ingredients (that stuff sneaks into EVERYTHING!).

For those of you dieting, sushi can also be helpful. Check out this website: http://www.sushiencyclopedia.com/sushi_nutrition_facts/sushi_diet.html

*- quoted from http://www.brighthub.com/health/diet-nutrition/articles/67094.aspx