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Eating out Light and Healthy

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Tonight's pasta extravaganza

Tonight’s pasta extravaganza (Photo credit: HeatherMG)

 

Last night we went to our favorite Italian Restaurant in Wilmington, DE called Mezzanotte. We sometimes share an entre or we have a few appetizers or something light. Last night we each had an arugula salad and a bowl of Pasta fagiolli. The fagiolli had only a little pasta in it and delicious beans. The dinner was light, healthy and very satisfying. You can eat out and eat healthy. Rule #1 watch portion size! Most restaurants serve double and sometimes triple portions. As Americans we have increased our typical portion and waist size exponentially. Eat healthy, eat smaller portions and stay healthy. Most of all enjoy the taste of your food.

 

 

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Meatless Mondays

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Meatless Monday, Enchilada Edition

Meatless Monday, Enchilada Edition (Photo credit: Dave77459)

How many of you follow meatless Mondays? Let me know! Personal Liberty Digest reports on a survey that shows Meatless Mondays are working! They said 73% of the people surveyed ate more vegetables, 64% ate more fruit, 42% ate more beans and 47% ate more grains. What are you eating?

They aren’t Your Mothers Vegetables!

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Vegetables in a grocery store, Paris, France.

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I laugh when I think about my mom saying “eat your vegetables”. She always overcooked them. I hated vegetables. Then when I went to college and got my first apartment, I had to cook for myself. I tried different things and found I loved vegetables but they had to be cooked correctly. Some tips I use:
a. Don’t overcook them
b. Mix up different types for flavor
c. Add spices
d. Make soups with them (and keep the salt levels down)
e. Place them over pasta
f. Make a hero sandwich with vegetables
Try new things and be inventive

Hospitals Can Make You Really Sick

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Ravioli Marinara (Mangia Trattoria)

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Recently I spent more time at a hospital than I would like. My fiancée was in for appendicitis. Being a person into diet I couldn’t help but look over what they were offering her. She had a vegetarian menu (stamped clearly at the top). On it was ravioli with marinara sauce. Ravioli is made from cheese so it technically wasn’t vegetarian but we eat some cheese. There were 6 items on the menu 4 had meat or cheese in them. I wonder what the non vegetarian menu looked like. When the ravioli came it was penne with meat sauce. When I complained they said that is the ravioli. Penne versus ravioli was OK but meat sauce on a vegetarian dish. As I walked the halls I saw several people being treated for diabetes that had white bread sandwiches, cakes or cookies and muffins for breakfast. Give me a break they were killing these people! The strange thing is when you spoke to nurses or doctors they looked at you like you had two heads. They said “We have to feed them don’t we?” Over 90% of what was available was high in sugar, fat, salt or animal fat. This is from an institution that is supposed to be healing us? Beware of your hospital stays.