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Lent Meals: 5 Ways to Ditch Fried Fish for Low-Carb Options

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Each year when lent rolls around, there’s nothing more savory than a delicious plate of fish and some side dishes. However, it’s all too common to find menus loaded with fried fish, clam cakes, and other seafood dishes that are covered in batter. Instead of indulging on all those carbs during meat-free Fridays, you can enjoy some delicious fish meals and still stick to your diet. The tradition of lent and enjoying fish on Fridays dates back for numerous centuries, but you can vamp it up at your favorite seafood restaurant and find some new meals that you may enjoy every day of the week. Grilled and Roasted Skip right past anything with the words fried, battered, or baked before the seafood is listed. These types of meals typically include a batter base that covers up the fish and implodes on your diet. Instead, look for fresh fish meals that are either grilled or roasted. Aside from some delicious seasonings to really bring out the flavors, the fish is cooked on its own and will be low on carbohydrates. Fish Bowls Instead of the fish being the main highlight of the plate, ordering a fish bowl gives you a mix of other options and a variety of flavors. One of the more common types of fish bowl meals that you can order is a salad with fish in it. Fish is a great way to add protein to a salad, and you can eliminate a lot of the carbs with some select options. For example, pass on the croutons or a thick dressing. Stick to a light vinaigrette dressing that helps connect all the elements of the meal and still provides you with a lot of flavor. A seafood antipasto is another great meal that can get served in a bowl. Instead of a traditional antipasto which includes meats, the meats are replaced with a variety of seafood options like oysters. Additional low-carb ingredients include olives, peppers, tomatoes, and a variety of cheeses. Appetizers Instead of navigating your way through breaded and battered main courses, you can easily pair a few low-carb appetizers together to enjoy as your main course. One of the easiest options to choose from is a shrimp cocktail. The shrimp is great for dipping in cocktail sauce, and a larger order can be made for a main course meal. Pair the shrimp cocktail with other appetizer options like a crab meat cocktail. The fresh crab meat is either served with crackers or strips of lettuce. When sticking to a low-carb diet, you can ditch the crackers and enjoy the lettuce and crab combination. Soups The early weeks of Lent are usually during the peak cold of winter, so there’s nothing better to warm you up on a Friday than a low-carb seafood soup. Look for different soups that do not use potatoes in them. This means you should avoid chowders and stick to options like a lobster bisque. The creamy lobster soup is limited on carbs and tastes delicious. Request that crackers or bread are not served with the soup so you are not tempted to dip them in. Side Dishes Along with the main fish dish, you want to eliminate carbohydrates in your meal’s side dishes. One of the easiest ways to do this...

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6 Enticing Alternatives To Tomato-Based Pizza Sauce

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If pizza is starting to seem like the same old thing, try some alternatives to tomato-based sauce and you’ll find yourself falling in love with these meals all over again. Perhaps you’ve never tasted some of the more unusual options on menus at your favorite pizza restaurants, or maybe it’s time to venture out of your comfort zone and try some pizzerias you’ve never been to before. Cheesy Artichoke & Spinach You may have enjoyed cheesy artichoke and spinach dip with chips at a restaurant or by the jar from a grocery store. Restaurants that have this dip on the menu are likely to offer it as a pizza sauce as well. The classic recipe for this rich, creamy sauce includes mozzarella, provolone and Parmesan; it may include cream cheese too. You don’t really need additional ingredients on this type of pizza, but fresh mushrooms and onions are good options. If you want meat on the pizza, choose chicken.  Pesto Basil is the primary flavor in pesto sauce and gives the sauce its bright green color. Other essential components include garlic, ground pine nuts and olive oil. Some chefs add Parmesan or Romano cheese, parsley and lemon juice. If you have any vegan friends or relatives, pizza with pesto sauce and no cheese or meat is a welcome option for them. Order the meal with items such as sun-dried tomatoes, fresh mushrooms and black olives.  Refried Beans Some restaurants provide a Mexican pizza topped with refried beans instead of standard pizza sauce. The Mexican pizza is likely to include diced tomatoes, onions, black olives and shredded or ground beef, although you can probably order it in a vegetarian version. A blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheese is standard, but other Mexican-style cheese blends are provided at some dining establishments. Some chefs like to add freshly baked tortilla chips over the refried beans before topping the pizza with the other ingredients.  Barbecue  If you’re a fan of barbecue sauce, you’ll probably love a pizza with this component. Envision eating chicken fresh from the grill, smothered in barbecue sauce; a barbecue chicken pizza has a similar flavor. When the weather’s cold and you don’t want to grill outside, you can fulfill your cravings at a pizzeria with this option on the menu. Chefs commonly add red onions along with mozzarella cheese; some versions include smoked provolone or Gouda cheese as well.  Ranch Ranch dip is one of the more popular items to enhance foods such as chicken wings and veggie platters. A pizza with ranch sauce, along with chicken, bacon and veggies, is a fun variation on the traditional tomato sauce.  A mozzarella and cheddar blend is an excellent topping for the ranch pizza, as are black olives and onions. Hummus A lot of people are still unfamiliar with hummus. Are you one of them? You’ve probably tasted garbanzo beans — also known as chickpeas — as these are common items at restaurant salad bars. The beans are the primary ingredient in hummus, which likely was first made in Middle Eastern or Mediterranean countries. Hummus includes additional ingredients such as garlic, cumin, tahini and olive oil.  If you’re unsure about ordering a hummus pizza, perhaps somebody you know who loves this Middle Eastern-style dip would come with you and let you sample a slice...

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3 Ways To Integrate Pizza Into Your Healthy Lifestyle

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If you think of pizza as a junk food, you may be surprised to learn in many situations it can actually be good for you. A healthy diet is more about balance and moderation than denying yourself the foods you love, and pizza actually gives you a lot of control to mix the ingredients your body needs in a way that works for your personal dietary style. By adding plenty o healthy vegetables to your pizza, it can be a good recovery meal after a hard workout, an immunity boosting companion when you are sick, or a healthy way to indulge when you are pregnant.  Pizza As A Recovery Meal for Athletes  When most people think about working out, they imagine combining aerobic exercise with a strict diet for weight loss and muscle gain. However, if you are an endurance athlete, you know your diet needs to be more complicated than raw nuts and salads in order to support your workout. For example, if you are running 25 miles per week, your daily caloric intake should be at least 2,500 calories. If you are training for a marathon or a triathlon, there will be days when your caloric needs are even greater, and you will need a balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.  If you finish a long run or bike ride, you should absolutely consider pizza as your recovery meal. You just need to make sure to limit meat toppings and only order from places that use fresh vegetables. If you have a particularly hard workout, you can call into your favorite pizza restaurant ahead of time and have the pizza delivered to your home shortly after you return from your workout.  Pizza As A Immunity Booster When You Are Sick  Pizza probably isn’t your go-to food when you are feeling unwell, but it could be. In fact, there are many foods with health benefits that may surprise you. For pizza, the tomatoes, pureed and simmered into sauce, are high in antioxidants that work in combination with garlic and oregano to give your immune system a slight boost that can help you get over a slight cold. For extra help, consider adding more veggies to your pizza, such as spinach and mushrooms, and avoid the heavier meats, which might be harder to digest when you are sick. You also might want to request less cheese or try a no-cheese pizza.  Pizza As A Comforting Pregnancy Craving  If you are craving pizza during pregnancy, you can definitely indulge, but you should know the best pizza choices to help you have a healthy pregnancy. For instance, pizza should not be an everyday meal and you do not need to eat more than you normally would, as you only need 300 extra calories per day when you are pregnant. Although you should limit meats and heavy cheeses, pizza can be a good way to get a little protein if you do not have a meat-heavy diet.  Eggs and colorful vegetables, such as peppers and broccoli, make excellent pizza toppings, as they provide important nutrients for you and your baby. However, garlic or a high amount of cheese may exacerbate digestion issues when you are pregnant. If you are having problems digesting your food, you may want to order a salad for...

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Vacationing In Canada? Enjoy Various Cuisines At Food Festivals

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If you’re planning a trip to Canada this year, you’re probably also planning on eating out at restaurants. Narrowing it down to just a few restaurants could be difficult, so why not go to one place with variety: a local food festival. You’ll be able to sample a variety of cuisines in one spot. Plus, many restaurants cater during these events so if you end up trying a dish you like, you can hone in on that particular restaurant on another day of your trip. Here are five festivals you might be interested in attending: 1. Toronto, Ontario Since Toronto is Canada’s most populous city, it naturally has quite the melting pot of cultures and ethnic cuisine. Many of their food festivals highlight the city’s heritage. For instance, one festival in Toronto transforms the city’s historic military site into a multi-cultural food event every year. These festivals also highlight the city’s most popular restaurants, local food vendors, and live entertainment. If you are big foodie, you’ll be happy to note that many festivals have wine tasting and food cooking classes. After you’ve enjoyed the festival, you should spend at least one night dining in a multicultural neighborhood like Kensington Market, Eglinton West, or Chinatown. Since many neighborhoods were established by expatriates, they feature authentic cuisine from Latin America, the Caribbean, China, and so on. 2. Victoria, British Columbia Many festivals in Victoria kick off in mid-July. If you are into very fine dining or supporting community farmers, this is the place to visit! Many profits earned at Victoria’s local festivals not only stay in the community, but they go towards charitable causes. 3. Edmonton, Alberta If you’re traveling in the fall and looking for a very casual dining experience, Edmonton often has food trucks parked in one location for the day, and these festivals provide maps so you can easily spot the trucks you want to visit. You don’t have to pay to walk around Edmonton’s festival grounds, but you do have to pay each vendor separately for food—so choose your truck wisely! If you do find a truck you’d like to eat at again, make sure you ask about their social media page since many food trucks build their customer base there. Lastly, make sure you bring cash since many food trucks don’t accept credit cards. 4. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatoon’s festivals are the epitome of a family-friendly summer festival. The city makes the price of food very reasonable, and if you have gluten allergies, many festivals here have gluten-free entrees. The best part of Saskatoon’s festivals is its free musical entertainment. Since many festivals last at least a week, there are all sorts of bands and genres to enjoy. 5. Montreal, Quebec Montreal hosts fantastic winter festivals–there are ice castles, tobogganing, and snow sculpture contests. But even though the cuisine isn’t the centerpiece, it’s still a great event to add to your list if you want quintessential Canadian treats. If you really want to party, you could try Caribou, a sweet alcohol made with maple syrup. If you are craving some cheesy goodness, the festival has restaurants that serve both fondue and poutine. Poutine is made with cheese curds, french fries, and gravy. Although it’s not the most upscale food, it did originate in Quebec—so you have to try it for...

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