Fast Food that’s Actually Healthy! – McDonald’s Asian Salad.

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McDonald’s Asian Inspired Salad

McDonald’s is trying to get into the swing of things in terms of the healthy lifestyles. No longer just a budget burger joint; its evolving salad lineup is really taking off. The Asian-inspired salad is currently my go-to at work, because it’s got almost 30 grams of protein from the grilled chicken(do not get the fried) and edamame, 5 grams of fiber from all the veggies(bell peppers, Kale, onions), plus healthy fats from the crunchy nuts. I try to use only ½ of a packet of dressing. This salad is relatively low in sodium and carbs, and tastes great! It’s the perfect fusion of Asian and deliciousness 🙂

Nutrition Breakdown:

Asian Sesame Fusion Grilled Chicken With Only Half a Packet of Dressing
Calories: 315
Fat: 14.5 grams
Carbs: 19 grams
Protein: 26 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Sodium: 470 milligrams

Easy Sheet-Pan Beef Fajitas

Prep 15 min

Total Time 40 min

Servings 4

These oven-baked sheet-pan beef fajitas are a quick and easy compared to the classic version. The sliced beef, onions and peppers are seasoned and roasted together making this a great weeknight dinner with minimal cleanup.

Ingredients

2 cups sliced onion (1/4-inch slices)

1 medium red or yellow bell pepper (cut into 1/4-inch strips)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix

1 lb boneless sirloin steak (Cut into thin 1/4-inch strips)

8 (6-inch) Old El Paso™ flour tortillas

Optional:

Sour cream

Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky salsa

Chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

Lime wedges

Steps

Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 18×13-inch lipped sheet pan with cooking spray. Add the sliced onion and bell pepper. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning mix and mix to coat. Complete by spreading mixture evenly in pan. Bake 15 minutes; stir.

Place steak into small bowl. Add to bowl remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining seasoning mix until combined and coated. Place on pan with vegetables. Bake 7 to 9 minutes longer or until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.

Heat tortillas as directed on package. Using tongs, transfer steak mixture to serving platter or, if serving on sheet pan, carefully drain excess liquid from pan before serving.

Spoon steak and veggies onto each tortilla. Serve with remaining ingredients. Enjoy!

Quick Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Who loves making something healthy and fast after a long day?  In less than 20 minutes, you’ll be eating a healthy meal all in 2 pots. Clean up is a breeze with this meal.

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Makes: 4 servings
Ready in: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon coconut oil, divided into ½ and ½
1 pound boneless round flank steak, cut into thin 3-inch long strips
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 head of broccoli, florets only chopped
1 medium yellow onion sliced
Brown rice cooked

SAUCE INGREDIENTS
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely minced

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add steak and sauté for 3-5 minutes until no longer pink. Take out of skillet.

  1. In the same pan, add garlic, broccoli, and onion, and the remaining oil, and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the beef back into the pan.
  3. In separate bowl, whisk all the ingredients for the sauce and pour into pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until everything is fully combined and the mixture is warm.
  4. Serve hot over brown rice.

Success Comes From Learning: Read All About Vitamins

Getting healthy isn’t just about exercise and eating right; it’s about knowing what you put in your body. Vitamins are the key to a longer and healthy life. Do you know what vitamins and minerals you take in each day? If learning more about them is important to you, keep reading this article for some great advice.

To build red blood cells, iron is necessary. The red blood cells are required to carry oxygen to every part of your body. Women generally need more iron than men, which is why there are some iron supplements that are just for women. You might be low in iron if you have breathing problems or are just generally tired.

Vitamin A is great for reducing wrinkles and red spots. Taking too much of it, however, is toxic. The recommended dose is 2300 IUs a day. One of the best sources of vitamin A is dark green leafy vegetables.

When buying vitamins, always check the expiration date on the package before you purchase. Vitamins have a shelf life and do not last forever. Storage time, exposure to light and temperature can all affect the quality of vitamins and further reduce the expiration date. So make sure that you are buying quality vitamins that have not expired.

Not all multivitamins are created equal. In fact, you need to be checking to ensure that the list of vitamins and minerals included in the multivitamin account for 100 percent of your daily allowances. Therefore, you are ensuring that you are getting all the essential nutrients that you should be getting from a multivitamin.

Not everyone absorbs vitamin B12 the same way, so you must be tested yearly to ensure you are getting what you need. For example, some people absorb B12 from supplements easily, while others don’t and will need an injection instead. B12 is important for heart health, so ensure your levels are good!

Vitamin B12 is used to treat pernicious anemia, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, tinnitus, liver and kidney disease. This potent vitamin prevents memory loss, in patients suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. This potent vitamin can be taken in supplements, shots or in the food you eat to protect against IBS, heart disease and diabetes.

A fantastic way to consume your vitamins and minerals is by munching on good old veggies. Cooking can diminish nutritional value. If you need to cook vegetables, you can do so without depleting vital nutrients by steaming them for a better consistency. Nutrients are also preserved in flash-frozen vegetables, but only if you do not cook them for too long.

The darker your skin, the more likely you are to need vitamin D supplements. While light skinned people only need about 20 minutes of sun per day to get their dose, people with very dark skin may need two hours or more. Consider a supplement to ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D.

When you decide to take vitamin supplements, look for a combination of vitamins that is right for your needs. There are a variety of multi-vitamin formulas for babies and young children that focus on the need of a growing child. As you age, your body has different requirements, so look for a formula that is right for older men and women.

Don’t forget your children! Kids need supplements just as much as adults do, so be sure to pick up a natural, sugar-free option for them to take every day. If you have kids who are picky eaters, they need the vitamins even more than anyone else, so pick something they’re willing to chew on.

Children are highly energetic and in need of far more vitamins and minerals than they receive in their food. Maybe you notice they crash after a long day of playing or they simply have difficulties focusing or remembering what they recently did. Try supplementing their diet with essential vitamins and minerals to offer food for the brain to remain clear and fuel that allows their little bodies to recover form physical activity much sooner.

The FDA regulates prescription medicines, but does not regulate vitamin and mineral supplements. It is up to the supplement manufacturer to ensure safety and quality of the products. It is a good idea to research the manufacturer of any dietary supplement that you are considering. Try to go with brands that have a long track record of safety and quality.

Increase the shelf life of your leafy green vegetables and help them retain their nutrients by storing them properly. Rinse off these foods when you bring them home from the grocery store. Shake off excess water and wrap in paper towels. Then store the leafy greens in a fridge storage container to prolong shelf life.

If you have dairy sensitivities, you need to be careful which supplements you buy. Be sure to ask the staff at the store you are purchasing from whether or not the supplement contains any dairy products. There are many non-dairy alternatives available, so you don’t have to suffer to get your vitamins and minerals.

To get the most vitamin C in your diet, try eating papayas. Papayas have much more vitamin C than oranges and other citrus fruits. In fact, they have nearly 150% of the daily recommended allowance. They are versatile enough to eat by themselves or add to other foods, such as salads.

When you feel sad or tired, you may need to boost your vitamin D, especially in the winter months when we just don’t get enough sunlight. A deficiency of vitamin D can leave us lethargic. Talk to your doctor about whether or not a supplement might help you feel better.

Getting proper vitamins and nutrients can help your body from the inside out. How you look also depends on them. For strong and health hair, skin, and fingernails, try supplements that contain biotin and vitamins E, C, and D. Stay looking your best by providing your body with these vitamins.

As you can see, your health needs to be focused on what your body is taking in. Understanding the vitamins and minerals that are essential to your body is of utmost importance. Use what you have read here and incorporate it into your health routine to get the most from your body and life.

 

What types of vitamin supplements do you take, or do you not take any?

Pork Egg Roll Noodle Bowl Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

An easy way to may a deconstructed pork egg roll. No fuss and all the yums! So simple and delicious! Substituted are also listed below for vegan and other good things to add to this simple and healthy recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups shredded cabbage (about 1 small head) OR pre-packaged coleslaw mix
  • 1 large carrot, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 4 ounces rice noodles
  • 3 green stick onions, thinly sliced
  • Optional – scrambled egg, pan fried tofu

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook and crumble pork until browned, 4-6 minutes. Stir in soy sauce, garlic and seasonings. Add cabbage and carrots; cook 4-6 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Cook rice noodles according to package directions; drain and immediately add to pork mixture, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with green stick onions. If desired, serve with additional soy sauce, but watch the sodium!

Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 302 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 652mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 4g fiber), 14g protein.

Goal Setting Is The Key To Successful Personal Development

Self help is an essential part of life planning, but understanding it and applying it to your own life, can be tricky. There are so many things you can do and plan for to make changes to your life to live it better. Here are some steps you can take to ensure you accomplish that.

Become awake to your true personality. This is easier said than done, especially when friends, family and significant others depend on us being who they think we are or who they need us to be. Look beyond the “you” that you present, and find the deeper, real soul that lives in your spirit. Strive to bring new parts of that soul into the reality of your daily life, every day.

Your personal gauge should always be set to “optimize.” In other words, imagine your whole self — body, soul and mind as a singular, efficient machine. You’ll be more likely to hit your target on the mark if you know the direction you’re taking to get there is efficient and streamlines.

Mindfulness

Try practicing mindfulness every single day. Being mindful is being completely present in the moment you are in, from your physical presence right down to your mindset at any given minute. Being mindful can help you identify what you already have and what you are looking forward to fulfilling in your life. It is also an excellent way to keep a handle on your emotions.

Everything that you resist will insist itself into your life again. This means that shying away from challenges is an undesirable outcome during your personal development exercises. You should try to overcome challenges with mindfulness and rational, collected thought. You may find yourself surprised at the ease with which you scale problems with your new mindset.

Yoga

A great self help tip that can help you change your life is to start practicing yoga. Practicing yoga is a great way to get fit and it’s also very therapeutic. There are even forms of yoga that aim to help you get more in touch with yourself.

Yoga doesn’t just have benefits for your physical health, it can help improve your mood, too. As a result, it becomes a valuable self-help tool. Practicing yoga helps to calm the mind, which leaves you less vulnerable to stress. Even simple techniques, such as controlled deep breathing, can help you to relax more effectively and reduce your anxiety each day.

Meditation

Start your day with some light meditation, prayer, or quiet thought. This helps you start your day on the right foot and sets the stage to accomplish a lot. Try it and see how different a day is when you approach it from an attitude of peace.

Remember that personal development is beyond your physical self. Having more pride in how you carry yourself is extremely important, but your development ultimately hinges on a healthy relationship with yourself and the world around you. Consider learning meditation techniques as you learn new ways to process and react to the world around you.

Healthy Eating

While going through the many emotional crisis that can occur in your life, some self help suggestions always help. Although, while trying to help yourself mentally, it is as important to take care of yourself physically. Healthy eating and exercise will leave you with many more positive thoughts than you had before doing such.

As you read, self help is incredibly important to your current and future life planning and so is understanding all the different ways you can do so. This makes it easier for you to create a positive strategy that you can achieve for your own life. Following the above tips is a very good starting place.