I have teamed up with the people at Carrabbas to try out their gluten free menu. There are a lot of people with special allergies or dietary needs that worry about eating out because of cross-contamination, or a lack of options. I LOVE when restaurants will cater to people’s dietary concerns, allowing individuals to eat with out any worries at all. Carrabbas has done just that. They have created an entire gluten free menu. You can click HERE to see the full online version. There are a TON of different options, all of which can be ordered directly off the menu, without any alterations at all. I saw a lot of things that I want to try, and definitely will try. However, I started off with a simple dish that I found to be very tasty, and right up my alley. I went with the wood-grilled chicken, served with a side of steamed spinach. I loved that this was simple, lean, & green. The chicken was delicious and flavorful. There is an option to order the 5 oz portion or the 10 oz portion. I went with the 10 oz, so I could take half of it home for leftovers. I can’t wait to go back & try more of their gluten free options!
Disneyland is the best. It just is. The wonderful rides, the nostalgia, the scent of churros, the magic of it all, and every other amazing detail that makes Disneyland fantastic. I love it. It’s hard not to feel like a kid again when you are walking right down the middle of main street USA. I write all the time about moderation. I think that eating healthy the majority of the time and indulging in something you love every now and again is absolutely fine. However, most people live with the opposite mindset; eating whatever they want the majority of the time…occasionally dipping into the healthy stuff every now and again. I can promise you, if you want to see any type of progress in your health and weight loss you HAVE to consistently eat well. It is just the way it is.
With that being said, I thought I’d give you some tips on how to be healthy at the happiest place on earth.
1. Pack your own goods. If you are worried about finding healthy options that you will like in the park, or if you just want to save some cash on food…bring your own food! We brought a small cooler pack with our own lunch. I had turkey, hummus, and veggies. It was delicious. I also brought a Questbar, fruit, nuts, popcorn, and water to snack on throughout the day. If you don’t want to carry your cooler, put it in a locker outside the park. It’s like $7, and you won’t have to worry about lugging it around. I would also suggest Larabars, apples, bananas, nuts, dried fruit, turkey jerky, and cut up fresh veggies if you don’t want a cooler because they are easy to carry around.
2. Seek out the healthy restaurants. Believe it or not, there are actually some good finds in the park as far as eating is concerned. I had grilled chicken and veggie kebabs that were at the restaurant right across from the Indiana Jones ride. These were delicious, and moderately priced as well. Amanda found a similar option with Mediterranean skewers in California Adventure at the Paradise Garden Grill, located on Paradise Pier. Hers came with a cilantro sauce that looked divine.
3. Look for the healthy snack stands. There are kiosks all over Disneyland and California Adventure that offer snack sized fruit bowls, packs of nuts, pineapple spears, apples, bananas, hummus, cut up vegetables, and vitamin waters. The key here is looking for these options. It is very easy to find yourself starving and reaching for the quickest, (and most heavenly smelling) option that is close by. Plan ahead. Set yourself up for success, not failure.
4. Choose your indulgences wisely. If there is something that you can’t live without at Disneyland, the dole whip, the churro, the chocolate dipped banana…whatever it may be…choose to make the majority of your day as healthy as you can and then enjoy every bite of that waffle cone. Instead of feeling sick after your day of fun, you’ll be proud of yourself for walking like a fool and practicing some self control. It will make your indulgences taste that much better!
Oh…and FYI: On average…Park Hoppers who spend the whole day at Disneyland walk between 15-20 miles, burning 180-350 calories per hour, depending on how much you are walking. THAT is awesome.
Eating out always seems to be something that people concerned about when they are trying to clean up their diets. I have clients who will text me asking what they should order from one restaurant or another, all of the time. I thought I would share some of my favorite cleaning eating/paleo options that may help you when you are eating out!
Local Utah Options:
- Carrabbas: Order the Sicilian Chicken Soup with no noodles. I get the bowl so it fills me up!
- Cafe Rio/Bajios/Costa Vida: Order a salad w/no tortilla, rice, or beans. Get the meat, lettuce, as much pico as you want, guacamole, and if you MUST have the dressing get it on the side, and only dip your fork. The dressing has a TON of fat and calories in it.
- In-N-Out: Skip the bun by asking for it “protein style”, and ask for Double meat mustard fried, no cheese, grilled onions, chopped chilies, extra tomatoes, and hold the spread.
- Jimmy Johns: order the “unwhich” It’s a sandwich in a lettuce wrap, without the bun. No cheese, and all the veggies and meats you want! Go for mustard and guacamole instead of mayo/dressing.
- Which-which: Order your sandwich the same way you would at Jimmy Johns.
- PF Changs: Order Buddha’s Feast, steamed. Sub chicken for the tofu. Get the lettuce wraps as your entree.
- Chipotle: Order the salad or burrito bowl with no rice or beans. Choose the meat and grilled vegetables instead. Skip the cheese, go for lots of salsa & some guacamole. (Although, they put a TON on there, so you may want to tell them to go light.)
- Chick-fil-a: Get the grilled chicken nuggets. They are an awesome protein source that is quick!
- Pizza Factory: Squash noodles with marinara and grilled chicken. This dish is AMAZING. The salad bar is a great option if you can manage to load up on the veggies, and avoid the pre-made salads and dressings.
- Cubby’s: Order the salads with no cheese, dressing on the side. Be sure to just dip your fork if you are needing the dressing.
- Blue Lemon: (My favorite place ever) The mint mango chicken salad, raspberry chicken salad (no cheese), oriental salad (with no wontons) all with the dressings on the side. Get the sun dried artichoke chicken with the seasonal veggies subbed out for the fingerling potatoes. The sweet potato fries here are bakes, so they are a thumbs up!
- Olive Garden: Venetian Apricot Chicken or Grilled Chicken Spiedini (sub out the potatoes for another serving of veggies.)
Other general options:
- Thai: Order curry with vegetables and protein, no rice.
- Steakhouse: Order grilled chicken or beef with steamed veggies or a sweet potato. Ask to have all vegetables cooked with no butter.
- Mediterranean: Order protein kabobs with vegetables.
- Breakfast joints: Eggs, omelets, bacon, no cheese. Go for the fruit as a side.
- Italian: avoid the pizza’s and pasta. Go for grilled fish or chicken with veggies.
- Salads of any type: lots of veggies and protein, avoid cheese, pre-made salads, creamy dressings, croutons, etc.
- Mexican: go for the salad type options that were mentioned above or fajitas without the tortillas and cheese. skip the chips and salsa.
- avoid the bread/chips & salsa/bruchetta/and other starters
- avoid deep fried anything
- don’t be afraid to make alterations or ask for substitutions
- ask to see the “gluten free” menu if there is one available. It is usually a good place to start!
- look menu’s up online before you go. If you go with a plan in mind you won’t be found starving and frustrated.
- stop feeling sorry for yourself. If you want to eat healthy, it’s YOUR choice. Don’t sit looking at everyone else’s food, wishing you had a pizza. If you want to eat clean, be empowered by your will power.
- stop thinking that everyone is staring at you. If people are giving you grief about your healthy eating choices, it’s probably because they are feeling guilty that they aren’t making the same choices. Don’t let it make you feel like you are sticking out or that you should cave to peer pressure. Do your own thing, and let others do theirs! Not everyone will be on board with your choices, and that is their problem.
If you have any other restaurants you are curious about let me know! I would love to give you my two cents!
This past week I was able to visit a new restaurant that opened up in Orem called Aubergine & Company. My friend’s parents were actually the ones that opened the restaurant, and I have been WAITING for it to open. This place is everything I want in a restaurant. They use all fresh, natural, and whole ingredients. Their DIVINE soups have a cashew base instead of a cream base. Their dressings are made from scratch. They sweeten their desserts with agave, and everything is made FRESH. This is a little sneak peak of some of the menu. I had the “Dream Salad.” I substituted julienned beets for the cheese, and traded the walnuts for almonds. Doesn’t this just look AWESOME? I went with my darling friend Whitney. She ordered A pita stuffed with chicken, hummus, and some Mediterranean veggies. She also got a fresh strawberry lemonade (not sweetened with sugar), and a chia pudding. I’d never had chia pudding before, and I had a taste of hers. It was AMAZING. They use coconut milk, chia seeds, agave, and some fresh raspberry on top. YUM. The fabulous owners also gave us a Thai acai bowl to try. I had never had an acai bowl until now…hello…Where have you been all my life?!? It’s basically a parfait-ish type smoothie in a bowl. OH MY. Try one of these ASAP ok? If you aren’t getting the vibe that I LOVED this place, let me just tell you that I went back two days later. Run, don’t walk to Aubergine and Company. It’s located 1365 S State Street in Orem (right next to Sprouts, and it’s absolutely amazing!
If you live in the Gilbert, AZ area, or if you plan on visiting there soon, you need to pay a visit to a new lil’ joint called, Salad and Go. It’s seriously awesome. My mom and sis have been telling me about it for a while now, so I was excited to try it! All salads are to go orders, and the food is prepped fresh while you wait. HOWEVER, it is super fast! All of the ingredients and nutrition facts are listed right on the menu, and you can add protein to every salad. They also have a lot of gluten free options which I thought was fabulous. An on-the-go food option that is quick, healthy, delicious, inexpensive, AND allergy friendly? Believe it. They use local, natural, and organic products which is awesome. I would totally recommend it. I went with the BBQ chicken salad, with no cheese, and I took off the tortilla strips. Salad and Go is located at 743 N. Gilbert Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234. To check out their website click HERE. As far as I know this is the only location, but I’m hoping they keep growing! Check it out if you get a chance.
If there is one reason I love coming home from vacations…and there is probably only one…it is because I really like to get back into my workout/eating routine. I have been out of my normal routine, and that was made clear to me when I became very sore after my Monday circuit workout. It was the perfect little boost towards getting me back into the swing of things, and so I thought I’d share.
One mile run to warm up OR 10 minute elliptical intervals
3 sets of the following alternating between exercises
15 squat, curl, presses with 20 lb db’s
15 burpees with a push up
20 walking lunges with 20 lb dumbbells
2 minute plank hold (1st plank no weight, 2nd plank 10 lb plate on your back, 3rd plank 25 lb plate on your back)
3 sets of the following alternating between exercises
15 bent over rows with 20 lb dbs
15 squats with 35 lb dbs
2 minute plank hold (1st plank no weight, 2nd plank 10 lb plate on your back, 3rd plank 25 lb plate on your back)
1 mile run OR 10 minute elliptical intervals
DONE. I think it was the walking lunges that got me. I guess walking around New York City in boots uses different muscles.
So, while I was in the Big Apple I ate at a place called Chop’t that I guess is a chain restaurant? Have you eaten there? I’m probably just out of the loop on this one, but I am a HUGE fan.
Basically you go through and pick your lettuce, your protein, your veggies/toppings, and then they chop it all up into one HUGE salad.
I had baby spinach and mixed greens, lemon pepper chicken, beets, tomatoes, broccoli, and sunflower seeds. Maybe it sounds strange to you…but it thought it was bomb. I ate every last bite. And I’d do it again. I love when I find new healthy options of places to eat that are good. Now, if they could just bring one of these to Utah…
About 15 of my fabulous friends and I decided to take off to St. George this weekend to enjoy some care free sunshine. I am a huge fan of road trips, especially when they include all of my favorite people.
After we arrived to our condo we took all watched a movie/took a nap, and then I talked my friend Amanda into doing a circuit workout with me. We headed down to the resort gym and this was our view…not bad, right?
Amanda and I made it through a series of cardio intervals with burpees, pushups, squats, and some weights. I absolutely love having people to workout out with me. It makes getting through a workout so much more fun.
A workout is always by some good relaxation and a good meal…both of which we nailed perfectly.
I am usually not a huge Texas Roadhouse fan…GASPS…I know. Probably because I knew I was going to have to smell those cinnamon buttery rolls without delving in. However, I ordered a baked sweet potato and some fresh veggies and it hit the spot. Just another reminder to me that if you are willing to put some effort forth, you can almost ALWAYS find something healthy to eat on the menu. The safest bets when eating out…
– Dishes that are NOT a combination of lots of different things. AKA…noodles covered in cream, doused with fried shrimp and cheese. A better option? A grilled cut of meat with veggies. Ask to have your veggies steamed without butter.
– Avoid the pre-meal binge fest that can get a little out of control. With restaurants that serve appetizers before your meal like a loaf of bread, chips, or rolls, it is SO easy to sit down and dive in out of sheer starvation. If you feel like you are lacking self control, ask your waiter to skip the appetizer and order your meals right away.
– Watch your portions. Ask for a lunch portion, or ask your waiter to bring a to go box with your meal. As soon as you start to eat. take half of your food and box it up so you don’t overeat.
– Remember that eating out doesn’t have to mean taking a vacation from the healthy lifestyle you are trying to live. You can eat out and be healthy too! Far too many people use eating out as their excuse to choosing foods that aren’t a great option. Using this excuse every now and again is fine, but when it happens ALL the time you are only stopping yourself from making any progress! A few healthy choices can go a LONG way!
I hope your Memorial Day Weekend has been great so far!
Do you tend to choose healthy options when you go out to eat, or do you fall victim to the vacation eating mentality? What helps you to make good decisions when you are ordering at restaurants?
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I always joke with the people that know me well that those who don’t know me very well think that I do nothing all day. My schedule is so opposite of everyone else’s that people tend to not see what I am actually doing all day, which I think leads people to make up their own ideas. I would. 😉
Instance #1: I work as early as 5:45 AM some days, and I usually work until 10 or 11 AM. This means that I am gone and back from half of my work day before some of the people I live around even wake up. A lot of them will see me get home or see my car at home once I am there and just assume I’m chilling at home all day.
Instance #2: I LOVE Elevate, the gym that I work at, and sometimes if I have a break between clients I will workout there. However, as I have expressed before, most the time I go to the Gold by my house on my way home. I know it’s weird. I work at a gym, and I pay for a gym pass, BUT it is somewhat therapeutic to me to go somewhere other than work. You get that, right? Well the same crowd of people tend to always be there at the same time as me…around 10-11, and I’m pretty sure they think I just rolled out of bed and finally made it to the gym.
Instance #3: I go back to work in the afternoon usually around 4, and so in the middle of the day my car will be home. I am also a freelance writer on the side, and so when I am at home in the day I do my writing. Those who live around me will often come stop by because they see my car and I’ll be in the kitchen working on my computer…I’m fairly certain they think I’m just facebooking.
Instance #4: People see me in gym clothes always…which unless they actually know what I do they often equates to…oh there is the girl who never gets dressed. So lazy that girl.
So, what many individuals see is….
Megan rolling out of bed at 10 or 11 to get to the gym and then she sits home and Facebooks in her sweats. Ummm, I wish? 😉 (Not really, but maybe the rolling out of bed at 10?)
When in reality…it’s more like
Roll out of bed at 5.
Train until 10 or 11.
Write, write, write until 4.
Back to work…
I guess sometimes what we see can be deceiving, no?
Sometimes the foods we think are, “healthy” at restaurants can be just as deceiving…
Eating out and making healthy choices can be tricky…
Some prime examples?
Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad
93 grams of fat
Blimpie Veggie Supreme (12”)
56 grams of fat (33 grams saturated fat)
2,831 mg. Sodium
Quiznos Chicken Caesar Flatbread Salad
69 grams fat
2,120 mg sodium
’s Seared Sea Scallops Salad
91 g fat (25 g saturated)
2,860 mg sodium
Cheesecake Factory French Toast with Bacon2,494 calories
71 g saturated fat
3,542 mg sodium
182 g carbohydrates
Cheesecake Factory Grilled Chicken and Avocado Club
28 g saturated fat
2,309 mg sodium
85 g carbs
Cheesecake Factory Grilled Kid’s Meal Pasta with Alfredo Sauce1,803 calories
86 g saturated fat
876 mg sodium
70 g carbohydrates
Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion Salad
89 grams fat
2,710 mg sodium
Cafe Rio Pork Salad
CPK Full Waldorf Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
25 grams of saturated fat
2,082 milligrams of sodium.
T.G.I. Fridays Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
T.G.I. Friday’s NY Strip & Shrimp
IHOP Colorado Omelette 1,890 calories
47 g saturated fat
4,200 mg sodium
130 g carbohydrates
P.F. Changs Crispy Honey Shrimp
70 g fat (10 g saturated)
1,815 mg sodium
290 g carbs
Are any of these nutrition facts surprising to you?
If there is one thing that we Smith women know how to do it is shop. My mom is a shopping extraordinaire and the apples did not fall far from the tree. Today we ventured out to get our shop on. We started out at Nordstrom Rack.
I ventured over to women’s active. Let’s be honest…I’m just naturally drawn there. One of my sister’s in-laws started cracking up as she walked by and said, “we would find you in the work out clothes.” What can I say. I wear them all day. Every day. I should probably stop buying real clothes. I ended up with a fabulous black Nike hoodie, (three favorite things all in one…black clothing, Nike clothing, and hoodies.)
After The Rack we headed over to the delicious Panera, for lunch.
I wish there was one in UT. They list the calories of the items ON THE OVERHEAD MENU. I wanted to take a pic, but I thought that might be going to far. As you know I am obsessed with knowing nutrition facts, and this made me so dang happy.
I ordered a salad with chicken, fruit, and a fat free poppyseed dressing with some whole wheat bread on the side. It was quite tasty, and the menu listed this item as 300 calories total. I got the dressing on the side and only used about 1/3 of it, so I assume my salad was a bit less.
He will even play the game…”make the face you’d make if you were…”