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How to order gluten-free at Chick-fil-A

If you’re gluten-free, you know eating out at a restaurant presents challenges. You’re not sure what fits your diet, and taking a guess can be all too risky. If you’ve just made the switch, you often end up skipping out on your favorite restaurants. Thankfully you don’t have to pass on Chick-fil-A. The beloved chicken chain has some gluten-free options on its menu. Here’s what to order: In 2017, Chick-fil-A introduced its gluten-free bun. It’s made with a mix of ancient grains, including sorghum, amaranth, millet, and quinoa. This new bread option made eating sandwiches on-the-go easier for those with gluten issues. Order any sandwich with a gluten-free bun. But what else is gluten-free at Chick-fil-A? These items are sealed to so cross-contamination will never been an issue:  Honest Kids Appley Ever After Organic Juice Drink Cinnamon Apple Sauce (Buddy Fruits) Milk Simply Orange Orange Juice Waffle Potato Chips (catering only)…

Panera to offer a more plant-based menu in 2020

Whether it’s animal welfare concerns, climate change, nutrition, or just preference, it seems everyone nowadays has a reason for eating less meat. In response to the cultural shift, Panera is the latest restaurant chain to announce it would introduce more plant-based offerings to its menu. In fact, the popular quick-service restaurant and bakery said it plans to have half of its menu be plant-based within the next few years. Consumers can expect to see a new plant-based item added in every category by 2021. Panera’s bakery-café is also onboard with the switch-up. While 25 percent of its menu is already plant-based, the offerings will increase to make up at least half of the entire menu by 2021. Other fast food chains have responded to consumer demand by offering meat-like substitutes from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, but Panera will dish out more plant-based whole foods like quinoa and edamame. Two new…

Spicy thai tuna stuffed avocados

Tuna stuffed avocados are an easy yet impressive meal that definitely need a spot in your healthy New Year menu. No fatty mayonnaise here! Just tasty tuna, creamy avocado, and loads of fresh and delicious extras. This is one of those great recipes that is super customizable. Don’t like cilantro? Leave it out. Don’t like things spicy, leave those ingredients out. Have extra peppers or carrots at home? Add those right in. What you have is a healthy base of protein-packed white tuna and avocado full of oh-so-satisfying healthy fats. (It’s also low carb if you’re looking to make up for a few holiday cookie crimes you have have committed last month.) Whatever your preferences, this is sure to be a winning recipe in your house this year. Also see, 10 easy ways to start a healthier lifestyle.  Spicy Thai Tuna Stuffed Avocados Makes 2 servings  Ingredients 1 12-ounce can…

Gluten-Free foods you can order at Panera Bread

Panera Bread doesn’t seem like it would be the place to go if you’re gluten-free, after all, it has “bread” right in the name. But the quick, casual restaurant chain actually has quite a large number of menu options for gluten-free guests. Of course, in a restaurant where fresh bread is baked daily, there is always the chance for cross contamination, so anyone on a gluten-free diet for medical reasons so inquire further, but those on a less-strict dietary regimen can dig right in to a delicious variety of items. Here is everything you can order gluten-free at Panera in both categories: Gluten-free Panera menu items Just order these straight from the menu. No need to ask for special orders unless otherwise noted. Salads Greek salad Seasonal Greens Salad Fuji Apple Chicken Salad Modern Greek Salad with Quinoa Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken Green Goddess Cobb Salad with…

25 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions you can actually keep

A fresh new year brings good reason for a bright, positive outlook. But those New Year’s Eve sparkles in our eyes can sometimes blind us to the reality of our lofty goals. Sure, it is totally possible to set a New Year’s Resolution to “lose weight” and actually be successful, but the chances of you sticking with that—just because it’s your resolution—are pretty unlikely. (That’s a pretty big goal to reach without a game plan.) My advice? Aim smaller, and be more specific. It’s true that one healthy move promotes another. Choose one or more of these small resolutions below, and you’ll be setting yourself up to actual achieve your bigger health goals sometime not too far down the road. Here’s to new happy, healthy beginnings! healthy New Year’s resolutions 1. Drink an 8-ounce glass of water every morning and another before dinner. 2. Get outside to walk for 10…

“How to lower blood pressure” was the most searched Google health question of 2019

Americans had a lot of questions about blood pressure in 2019. They also wondered about the keto diet, hiccups and more. These three topics were among the top 10 most-searched health-related questions, according to new data from Google. The list tabulated our trillions of collective searches between January and early December of 2019. In 2018, the most-searched health-related questions typed into good were about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), endometriosis, and how long does weed stay in your urine. Here are the 10 top most-searched for this year: 1. How to lower blood pressure More than 75 million people have high blood pressure but just more than half are managing it well, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So people are turning to Google to try to find answers about how a healthy, low sodium diet, exercise, and stress relief might help them get it under control.…

Beet apple walnut fall harvest salad

Farmers markets everywhere are still brimming with vibrant beets and crunchy apples. Put them together in this delicious Beet Apple Walnut Fall Harvest salad. See what else is still in season in November.  The crisp combo of tart apples and earthy sweet roasted beets is the perfect way to continue to enjoy the best flavors of fall as we head into the second half of the season. Serve as a side salad to your weeknight meal or earmark this one as a fresh new surprise for the Thanksgiving table. It’s easy enough and pretty enough for just about any occasion. But don’t think this salad is just about looks. Beets are a low calorie root veggie with an impressive record: they can help keep your blood pressure in check, improve athletic performance, fight inflammation, improve digestion, support brain health, and they may even have some cancer fighting potential thanks to…

Slow cooker maple, pear, pecan oatmeal

Can you think of any better way to start a cool, autumn morning that a piping hot bowl of maple, pear, pecan oatmeal? Yes, that’s Maple. Pear. Pecan — It’s fall packed in a bowl. I’ve already made it twice this season, and we’re just getting started! I mix up the ingredients before I go to bed, so it’s waiting for me in the morning. With a healthy, delicious option like that, who even wants to reach for those donuts? It’s a little trick to resist the morning sweets. Plus, it feels like someone else made breakfast — who doesn’t love that? Remember when you’re grocery shopping, you must use steel-cut oats for this recipe. Other oats just won’t hold up under the long cook time. Plus, steel-cut oats are way healthier for you than their processed cousins. Also, use real maple syrup. Those syrups for kids are basically corn syrup.…

What you can order that’s vegan-friendly at McDonald’s

Burger King is getting vegan love because of its Impossible Whopper. Taco Bell has a long list of vegan offerings. Even Chick-fil-A has delicious options for vegans in a pinch. But what about the most ubiquitous fast food chain of them all. What can vegans eat at McDonald’s? The storied restaurant chain best know for its burgers and chicken nuggets doesn’t exactly seem like a place that veggie-lovers would enjoy. Unfortunately, they’re mostly right. It is true that McDonalds doesn’t offer any vegan-certified items, and it’s also true that a lot of the foods you might mistake as vegan actually aren’t. The famously tasty french fries and hashbrowns include “natural beef flavor” made from milk derivates. Even the smoothies contain kosher gelatin. Still, if you’re a vegan who isn’t afraid of a low risk of a little cross-contamination with meat items, there are a few mostly safe menu items you…

8 reasons you should eat more apples

“An apple a day” isn’t just a cute saying. There are some real research-backed benefits of eating apples. Apples are grown in all 50 states, so you’re never very far from a freshly picked apple. And that’s a good thing because they can greatly improve your overall health and reduce your chance of disease. But let’s get down to the juicy details. Here are eight reasons you should incorporate an apple into your daily diet: 1. Apples are nutritious First and foremost, you should eat apples because they’re just generally good for you. One medium apple has just 95 calories, 4 grams of fiber, 14% of your daily vitamin C, and other beneficial amounts of potassium, vitamin K, manganese, copper, and vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6. A medium apple equals about 1.5 cups of fruit (two cups of fruit daily are recommended for a 2,000 calorie diet), so you’re…