7 healthy alternatives to McDonald’s

The word ‘fast’ is no more associated to the word ‘unhealthy’. Rather it’s regarded as an intelligent decision especially for the ones who don’t have much time to work out in kitchens or the ones who are busy in their eat race. There would be no person who once would have not taken up food from these fast food joints after getting from a party or a late night meeting. Practically saying , we spent quite a large number of hours in our car and so we are required to eat outside but with a condition of it being healthy. Some people are still stuck over the idea of McDonalds being the best while some are way ahead of their time and making the best of it and interestingly McDonalds is falling in the top 10 list of the people’s preferences because of the new upcoming joints which promise much more. So some of the healthy alternatives to McDonalds which everyone can equally opt for can be :

  1. Jason’s Deli : The reason of its gaining popularity is that it’s one/fifth ingredients are organic. It’s the first restaurant concept to ban the use of artificial trans fat. It’s all about Choice , People and Food. It’s one of the most exciting thing in the menu is the Selections and Choices that customers can make for making their own sandwiches and salads.
  2. Au Bon Pain : This name may seem quite weird but this is what makes it special and different. It specials in serving soups , salads , sandwiches and entrees made from hormone free chicken , veggies and whole grains. The fact that attracts people here is that before you place your order you get to see the nutritional content of each meal , which according to them is a way to empower people.
  3. Tender Greens : It’s a very famous restaurant in United States , famous for using freshly picked up vegetables from a farm in Oxford. They use ingredients that are kind to the environment. It contains all from hot things to big salads and to mouth watering pastries and desserts. And that too all of its items are under $12.
  4. Panera Bread : This restaurant has won an award for the top honors for kid fare. It makes use of home made peanut butter with organic herbs on a whole grain wheat bread making it tasty and healthy at the same time. It has removed all the artificial flavours from its list.
  5. Chipotle : A very famous joint which has won very high marks for its usage of organic , hormone and antibiotic-free chicken. People love the control and choice it provides to its people over burritos , tacos and salads. Many of its dishes are even sodium free. chiptole

How can we forget about the Juice Bars

  1. Beverly Hills Juice : it’s been working since 1975. It’s believed to have lost a big opportunity if you go to L.A. And not taste this. They make use of any vegetable be it carrot or lettuce and what they transform it into is way beyond ones thinking by just adding banana or almonds or cocoa even. So this comes out to be an altogether different thing to try on.
  2. Pressed Juicery : Juices have always been healthy and yummy at the same time . They focus on making it taste great , making it affordable , making it simple and making it for everyone.they make amazing raw food , cold pressed juices and super amazing Smoothies to go. packed

Thus what we see now is the Improved Fast Food Chains which are emphasising of ‘Fresh’ over ‘Fried’.

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Health is wealth…

Good health equals to an important asset of one’s life and so to maintain good health you ought to have a balanced diet which contains all the nutrients in the same amount along with roughage and water. And interestingly the main source of roughage is salads. Salads are easy to make , very quick to throw up together and go-to anywhere anytime lunch. They are now given the title of Prince of Meals. And who is interested in eating the same old boring lettuce – cucumber-chicken or barbecue-vinaigrette every single day ?

Everybody wants a change , since Change is the only constant now! And making salad is no rocket science to learn , it’s just very easy.

So here I am with some very easy and interesting mix and match-ups with different flavours and textures without much to do in the kitchen to give you an altogether different experience:

  1. Add up new greens: lettuce every time may seem boring and old , so you can mix up it with spinach or romaine lettuce, endive or even mixed baby greens. You can also let go off the leaves and instead try adding tomatoes, celery , cucumbers etc. It will even make your bowl look different. salad
  2. Dressing up salads: it’s really fun to add up different sauces and dressings that will completely change the look and taste for your conventional salad. Olive oil is very easy to use. Even use of basic vinaigrette is easy to make up or even a bit of vinegar or fresh lemon juice too. To make it more of your taste , you can throw up herbs like oregano , basil or garlic as well.
  3. Some crunch adding: people always prefer something crunchy in all sorts of dishes. So let’s try to add some crunch in salad too. Using some roasted nuts , might be walnuts or even raw cabbage or raw onions can go. Even adding a bit of tortillas will make the salad go entirely different.
  4. Adding creativity and colours to your salads: you may add macroni or even pasta for more amazing flavour. If you don’t prefer lettuce or cabbage you can even use shredded carrots for the base. Even peppers and sunflower seeds would do great. So this time toss up vegetables as well.
  5. Let’s heat up things: adding one or two warm things will make it more exciting and change the texture of the salad. Hot chicken breast pieces, bacon pieces, tuna pieces or in case of Vegans , need not worry – tofu or soya can work out miracles. salad-2

So now it’s your time to do your bit and don’t let yourself be confined to what you see in television or restaurants or even just this , bring out your own style because salads are something you can’t ignore , they are very rich in vitamins and minerals which not only help easy digestion but also help in keeping our body fit and away from diseases. Apart from this , salads contain high fibre content and also act as antioxidants. So wake up before its too late..

Porridge v/s Oatmeal – who wins

Isn’t sad enough to learn that even now a days people continue to use words like Oatmeal and Porridge interchangeable thinking them to be the same.

Porridge has had a North European background from the very old times and used to be mainly made with Barley and sometimes other grains were also used where as oatmeal had an old Scottish tradition and was a major and staple diet of peasants and farmers there.

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Porridge is made by boiling crushed grains be it wheat, oats, barley, corn, rice or even any other meal in either milk, water or both and is served hot. When a porridge is made from oats, it is called oatmeal, and similarly, if it’s made from corn it is cornmeal. And on the other hand, oatmeal consists of crushed oats, rolled oats or cut oats.

Thus we can conclude or deduce that porridge is a broader term and oatmeal is a part and type of porridge.

Earlier oats were considered to be a meal for inferior people, nothing more than animal feed but in past few years it has

suddenly gained importance where as porridge has always been considered to be the breakfast of the rich people.

Well, it depends on one’s choice and tastes, but if asked about my opinion, I prefer Porridge over Oatmeal for a simple reason that oatmeal is just confined to use oats while porridge can use many other grains as well and can be mixed with vegetables which increase the healthiness of the dish.

Researches have proved it helps in managing hunger better and even serving of Porridge is a more filling breakfast than just a bowl of oatmeal.

Also if considered under the challenge of dieting, to reduce the temptation to eat it seems porridge to be a better option. It is a healthy dish which makes use of other grains and cereals. In the situation of a person being sick eating, porridge is preferably chosen since it’s easy to digest and at the same time is very nutritious and also helps in regulation of appetite. Since Porridge is filled with fiber, it helps in controlling diabetes, high blood pressure and helps us stay away from different diseases. People may regard porridge as old fashioned and oats as the latest trending idea but my dear friends, always remember Old is gold.

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Porridge gives us the required energy since they are rich in carbohydrates.

Not only this, it also helps in muscle recovery, strong bones, and even our immune system gets improved. It acts as an agent to reduce obesity and depression by boosting energy. It is also good for pregnant women and helps in living long as Britain’s long living man – David Henderson who died at the age of 109 gave the credits of his long life to a daily bowl of porridge. Cholesterol is equally controlled since it acts as a sponge helping to absorb and eliminate cholesterol – rich bone acids and helps in keeping sugar levels stable.

Thus Porridge can be regarded as the ‘Breakfast Of Champions’ and is widely chosen over oatmeal.