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Healthy Lunches for Back to School

3 Sep

lunchbox

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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Tips to eat better, feel better and live better this Thanksgiving!

21 Nov

Hey All!

So I’ve been getting geared up for Thanksgiving over the past few days – checking the turkey day traffic projections, making sure I’m still supposed to bring the casserole to aunt Lucy’s, getting the football schedule memorized, and oh yeah—buying looser pants.

A friend once complained to me that she wished Thanksgiving was celebrated more often than once a year—which is a fair argument—you can’t beat a long weekend spent with the three F’s: Friends, Family, and Football. However, if you tend to eat like I do over the holiday, it might not be such a bad thing that Turkey day is just an annual event.

Anyway, I did a bit of research to learn how I might keep my gluttony to a minimum this Thursday, and I figured I share some of what I found with HDYR? community.

First of all, try using a smaller plate. Your stomach and your brain generally aren’t the best teammates when it comes to all-you-can-eat type events like Thanksgiving. Using a smaller plate can trick your mind into thinking you’ve eaten more than you actually have. It can also help you eat at a slower rate so realize you’re full before your belt buckle pops open. And remember; always try to have a few vegetables on your plate at all times, and not just for decoration either.

Make sure to eat a little something before the actual turkey dinner, whether it be a good breakfast or some crackers in the car while you’re stuck in traffic. Many people tend to fast for the entire day (or longer) before going into the big meal and this leads them to overdo it at the dinner table. It’s a marathon, not a sprint! Save room for the pumpkin pie!

And speaking of pumpkin pie—if you’re the one doing the baking, why not hold back on the sugar this year? There are plenty of ways to keep the flavor while losing some of the calories. How you ask? I’m way ahead of ya, just click the link below.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=low+fat+thanksgiving+recipes

That’s all for now. If you want some more tips, check out my sources at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-lisa-young/healthy-thanksgiving_b_2156366.html

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/10-tips-for-a-thinner-thanksgiving?page=2

http://www.empowher.com/healthy-eating/content/thanksgiving-without-gaining-weight

How Do You Roll? and I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

– Jeff

Have you made the switch to brown rice?

8 Nov

Hi everyone,

Jeff here. So I’m a bit of a sushi purist. When I order at HDYR? I’ve always stuck with the traditional wrap and white rice. Nothing against those of you willing to step outside of the conventional sushi parameters—I could just never bring my self to put brown rice in my sushi. It just didn’t seem right. That was until last week however, when a good friend (who may or may not be named Google) informed me that brown rice is actually better for you than white rice. Not only did this prompt me to order it on my next HDYR? trip, but it also gave me a great new idea for a blog topic: the one you’re reading right now. Thoughts so far? Get to the point? You bet.

First of all, brown rice is unrefined, meaning that only the hull of the grain is removed, and this makes it a whole grain. I’ve never been too particular about what exactly whole grains are, but I know they’re good for you. In fact, it’s been shown that people who include whole grains (like ahem, brown rice) in their diet are likely to maintain a healthy body weight. This could be because they’re full of fiber, an agent that makes you feel full longer and prevents you from, to put it bluntly, stuffing your stomach full of way too much food.

Also, researchers at Harvard have found that just two servings of brown rice per week can significantly lessen your chances of developing diabetes. AND it can also strengthen your bones. That’s right. Brown rice is chock full of magnesium—a bone building element critical to your everyday health. Just one cup of brown rice has 21 percent of daily-recommended value of magnesium. So finish off your sushi lunch with a glass of milk and your bones will surely thank you—though probably wait a while in between. The combo might taste a little…funny.

These are only a few of the great health benefits I found about my new favorite sushi-filler. Interested in learning more? Check out my sources at:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/557482-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-brown-rice-and-steamed-vegetables/

and

http://www.symptomfind.com/nutrition-supplements/brown-rice-health-benefits/

Until next time.

Anna Lives Better

26 Apr

We want to encourage you to chase your dreams and accomplish your goals. That’s why we’ve started our new campaign, “Better You By You,” meant to inspire and empower you. Our first story comes from Anna, a young swim coach from Austin, Texas. Full of enthusiasm, Anna spends a lot of her time working with kids and teaching them the foundations of a healthy lifestyle.

We were privileged to spend the afternoon with Anna while shooting pictures for the campaign. She’s down to earth, genuine and very passionate…

… not to mention a great sport for taking direction well and getting in and out of the pool multiple times!

So whether you’re a swim coach, like Anna, who needs energy to make it through a day of inspiring little ones or you’re just looking for a quick, healthy alternative to the standard lunch break drive-thru, How Do You Roll? is here for you.

If you’d like to share how How Do You Roll? has impacted your life, we’d love to hear your story!

A very special thanks to Tilted Chair, Nitro and our own Alicia Jones for their support for the photo shoot!