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Vegetarians – Does Eating Out Have to Be a Challenge?

One of the biggest challenges vegetarians face is dining with friends. They sometimes feel guilty about steering the group away from places that would be a better fit for their meat eating friends, but does it need to be a major issue?

Most modern restaurants have vegetarian options and will even customize a dish to your diet upon request. The exceptions would be places where a customer has simply never requested a vegetarian option, such as rural diners in the Midwest or barbecue joints.   Even places you wouldn’t consider vegetarian friendly will serve salads and sides that are meat free. These options may not be ideal but they’re likely adequate. Who wants to settle for adequate, though?

What about meat eaters who have vegetarian friends? It’s more probablewe’re the ones making plans. Many meat-eaters have never considered vegetarian foods until they are exposed to a friend or acquaintance who expresses a desire to avoid meats. How do we ensure we find a place that includes our vegetarian friends? In this case, the Internet is your best asset.

Most restaurants publish their menu online, but certain restaurant types are a safe bet even without looking. For instance, a place that serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches will almost always have a selection of meat-free options. Pizza is another safe bet, as making meat free pizza is simple. Pasta is another safe choice, because many pasta dishes are not only vegetarian, but vegan friendly. Basil pesto pasta, anyone?

Nothing is simpler than a sandwich shop. Almost every sandwich shop in the US has vegetarian sandwiches. Even if the shop doesn’t offer vegetarian options, a request to ‘hold the meat’ on an otherwise perfect sandwich will usually work. A specialty sandwich shop without a selection of vegetarian options is almost unheard of these days.

Breakfast is always a good choice, and many restaurants will serve breakfast foods all day. Even for a meat-eater, breakfast for lunch can be a fun change of pace – Belgian waffles are not just for Sunday brunch anymore. Given the number of vegetarian items on the normal breakfast menu, finding something delicious should be simple.

Most people who look at a tremendous array of options on a menu don’t consider the limited options that may be available for vegetarians. As long as we are aware of the needs and wants of every member of our group, we can make more informed choices. The most important thing to remember is that a mindful choice and a little creativity will go a long way.


Healthy Food

Make Eating Healthy A Family Routine

Kids are known for engaging in somewhat risky behaviors. They jump from places most parents feel are too high or run headlong into a bustling crowd without concern. As parents, these are the moments we prefer to avoid. But one situation where we might like for our kids to venture out and take a risk is with what they are willing to eat. Often times it seems like getting them to eat a healthy lunch is just a dream.

 With one in four people admitting to eating fast food on a daily basis and 52% believing that doing taxes is easier than eating healthy, there is clearly an uphill battle when it comes to setting a good example for our kids.*

With all the running around from activity to activity it’s no wonder people settle for what’s fast and easy. But don’t cave in to the pressure of time and eat on the run. What if it really is possible to take your family out for a convenient, healthy lunch – one with less fat and sugar while still full of taste? It isn’t like finding a unicorn, such meals do exist! Eating healthy can happen, you simply have to know where to look. And if you make it a routine and a behavior  you model for them, it’s likely to stick.

It’s no longer out of the norm for restaurants that typically provide high calorie, low nutrition meals to place “healthy” items on the kids menu. But when they are side-by-side with the temptation of tasty, artery-clogging meals, what good does it really do? And how much of a rut do we really want to stay in by ordering those meals? There are plenty of restaurants that carry a menu full of healthy choices and fresh ingredients without so much sugar and fat.

You want to break free, to encourage your kids to try something new. Yes, it’s hard to convince them they can enjoy a healthy lunch just as much as their usual burgers and fries, but have faith in yourself. And give your kids a little credit. Once they’ve tasted the flavors you can find in various pastas, salads, and sandwiches made with fresh, healthy ingredients, their bodies, and their taste buds, will adjust to the new norm.

Now, picture your family in a restaurant where you can grab a quick bite in the midst of your busy lifestyle or you enjoy a leisurely dining experience when the time is right. Finding a place that becomes your dining out standard makes life easier. With an ability to satisfy a variety of tastes, such a restaurant can become a part of your routine without putting you in a rut. Let the place adapt to your pace and desires and soon your family will be eating a healthy lunch or a tasty, fresh dinner without stress.

 Encourage your kids to break free from the traditional kids menu and allow them to take a risk by eating healthy meals full of flavor. You’ll feel like you’re jumping from boring to exceptional and running headlong into a new adventure. Now that’s a behavior we all want to experience!



Salads with personality

Getting to Know Salads With Personality

Most people grew up with their only exposure to the concept of ‘salad’ being the mixture of lettuce and vegetables their family served with dinner. In the US, this is the typical side salad you’d see at any diner or mom-and-pop restaurant along any road in the country. Many of us didn’t know a salad could be a whole meal until we started looking for healthier alternatives to fried food and fatty entrees.

 Today, salads have grown to contain an amazing array of ingredients that many would not have conceived of including even several years ago. If you have a taste for any specific spice or flavor combination, odds are you can find a salad to meet your needs. Since the advent of home refrigeration in 1913 and availability of ingredients no one had considered prior, people and restaurants have experimented with some truly creative salad recipes.

Dressings have become as important to the salad as the vegetables and meats used in the salad. We’re no longer limited to the same five dressings we had just thirty years ago. Now, dressings are as varied and plentiful as the people who buy them. Instead of plain old Italian dressing, you can use Caesar dressing on the same salad for a completely different experience. The great thing about salads is, there are no rules other than ‘eat what you like.’

The classic Caesar salad is among the more popular salads and is available nearly everywhere. It’s elegant in its simplicity, considering its short ingredients list. It has a bold and tangy flavor which comes primarily from the parmesan cheese. It’s a classic flavor combination that is enjoyed by millions on a daily basis.

Chicken is a major component of salads because it’s often associated with healthier lifestyles – that doesn’t mean it has to be boring, however. For people who like a spicier flavor profile, buffalo sauce is a popular addition to chicken. It can wake up a boring mixture of ingredients and add a little excitement to the palate.

If you like chicken and Indian or south Asian flavor, curry chicken salad may be your best option. Curry is arguably one of the healthier spice combinations and anything but boring. With its generous use of turmeric and coriander, it’s sure to kick up your lunchtime a notch.

We all tend to have our favorite salads, be it the tang of feta cheese in a greek salad or the familiar crunch of a typical house salad. Exploring unfamiliar flavors and combinations can introduce some new favorites into your healthy lifestyle and keep salads interesting for years to come.