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Once you've decided to treat yourself to dinner from one of your favorite chain restaurants, your next step to figure out exactly what you want to order. There are plenty of mouth-watering menu items out there! And you don't want to end up ordering an entrée that is lackluster in taste just to uncover that it's super high in calories and drowning in sodium, fat, and sugar. You want to make sure you're not choosing a dish that going to completely sabotage your day, and any weight-loss goals you have been working hard toward reaching. (To help you get there, check out the 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time!)So which meal is truly the worst of the worst? The unhealthiest chain restaurant dish is… The Cheesecake Factory's Pasta Napoletana2,480 calories, 177 g fat (82 g saturated fat, 4.5 g trans fat), 5,150 mg sodium, 155 g carbs (11 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 65 g proteinIt's no secret that overindulgent pasta dishes from chain restaurants tend to veer toward the unhealthy side of the menu. They're often extremely oversized, serving up two to three portion sizes in just one meal. If you only eat some of the meal and save the rest to last you for a few days or at least share the entrée with someone else, then you'll be in much better shape. But we all know how easy it is to get carried away when you're out at a restaurant and next thing you know, you look down, and your bowl is clean.Keep in mind what exactly you're putting into your body though, as evident with The Cheesecake Factory's Pasta Napoletana. It's the pasta dish with the most calories and is one of the most caloric dishes from the entire menu. And you know how big that menu is! This pasta dish is made up of four different kinds of meat—Italian sausage, pepperoni, housemade meatball, bacon—along with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and garlic in a rich tomato sauce, all over parmesan cream pasta. It's not only astronomically high in calories, fat, and heart-harming trans fats, but the sodium here is just unavailable. At 5,150 milligrams, that is scarily high, as The American Heart Association recommends the average person should consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. Having this much in just one meal is just not OK!Cheesecake Factory isn't alone in serving up scary pasta dishes, either. At Olive Garden, the Tour of Italy meal is made up of three OG classics that are served up, all on one plate. That's right, you're feasting on Chicken Parmigiana, Lasagna Classico, and Fettuccine Alfredo. While this might seem like the ideal choice for someone who wants to try a bit of everything, you're going to want to think twice about eating this entire dish by yourself as it has more than 1,600 calories and 3,390 milligrams of sodium.Next time you're at one of your favorite chain restaurants, be sure to stay away from the creamy, cheesy, topping-heavy, pasta dishes. Instead, go for a lighter option if you're really in the mood for some pasta. And remember, leftovers are never a bad idea!If you're looking for more tips, your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!
Coffee sure does perk you up in the morning. But if you're pairing it with sugary cereal, bagels, or donuts, you're likely going to be feeling sluggish for the rest of the day. These empty carbs may be tasty on the tongue, but they aren't going to do anything for your body's satiety. Instead, filling your morning meal with healthy complex carbs for breakfast will leave you feeling energized! It's all about picking carbs that are full of good nutrients for your body—like fiber.Here are a few of the best healthy carbs for breakfast, and for more healthy eating tips, make sure to check out our list of 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.1 OatsAll hail the mighty oat! Oats have 10 grams of protein per half-cup serving and your fiber-packed bowl will slow down the metabolism of the sugar from these carbs. No wonder they are The One Breakfast Food To Eat for a Longer Life!"Oatmeal is a great source of complex carbs that fuel the body and fiber to decrease the risk of heart disease," says nutrition and fitness expert Jim White. He suggests pairing oatmeal with blueberries, walnuts, and milk for a filling, nutrient-rich morning meal. Or try one of our overnight oat recipes!2 Shredded WheatWe're not usually into recommending cereal since most boxes are belly bombs and blood-sugar-spiking nightmares. But this healthy cereal is made with just whole-grain wheat and wheat bran—two of our favorite complex carbs. In addition to serving up a decent share of hunger-quelling protein and fiber in every bowl, a bowl of Wheat Bran also provides 20 percent of the day's phosphorus, a mineral that plays an important role in how the body uses carbs and fats. So grab the shredded wheat, and steer clear of these toxic cereals on grocery shelves.3 Chocolate MilkIf you want to lose the gut, you've got to exercise—no surprise there. One of the best way to lose your gut is to exercise, and it's important to fuel your muscles before and after. Did you know drinking chocolate milk can improve your gains?In a study published in The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, subjects given chocolate milk before hopping on the stationary bikes were able to ride 49 percent longer than subjects given a generic carbohydrate-replacement beverage. And on top of that, they pedaled even harder. Total work performed by the chocolate-milk group was greater than the work performed by subjects drinking carbohydrate-replacement drinks or electrolyte-fortified sports drinks. The reason? Milk has naturally occurring electrolytes that keep you hydrated—more hydrated than water, in fact—and its natural sweetness helps push more energy into your muscles. Drink up!4 MangoCan you believe that mango has more carbs than a bowl of pasta? We know, it's kinda crazy! But there are 50 grams per mango (!) and just a half fruit packs an entire day's worth of vitamin C, a nutrient that wards off fat-storing cortisol spikes. If mangos typically make an appearance in your daily smoothie, add a scoop of protein powder and a handful of raw oats to increase your drink's protein and fiber content, which slows the digestion of the fruit's sugars.5 Sprouted BreadIt's official: You can stop fearing bread! Ezekiel bread is a nutrient-dense bread is loaded with sprouted lentils, protein, and good-for-you grains that keep you going. Top it with avocado, peanut butter, or a tiny bit of honey for a healthy and craving-crushing breakfast.6 QuinoaWhether you use it as the base for your banana quinoa muffins (yum!) or throw it into your omelets, this ancient grain is a solid start to your day. Quinoa is higher in protein than any other grain, and it packs a hefty dose of heart-healthy, unsaturated fats.7 ApplesYes, apples are carbs, but they are also one of the very best sources of fiber—which means you should eat them at every opportunity. A study at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber eaten per day, belly fat was reduced by 3.7 percent over five years. And a study at the University of Western Australia found that the Pink Lady variety had the highest level of antioxidant flavonoids (a fat-burning compound) of all the apples.Sneak more apples into your diet with these 25 Delicious Apple Recipes.8 Greek YogurtPacked with protein, crammed with calcium, and popping with probiotics, Greek yogurt has all the makings of the best weight loss foods. But here's an easy tip to remember: Some of the carbs come from a yogurt's naturally-occurring sugar, but they can also come from if there are added sugars. The Greek yogurt you choose really shouldn't have more than 5 to 11 grams of carbs per serving; if you're in the 20-ish range, your yogurt is most likely not the best for your body because of all that sugar. Instead, stock up on one of these 15 Best Greek Yogurts, According to Nutritionists.9 BlueberriesA cup of blueberries has 21 grams of carbs, but they couldn't be better for you. These little blue bullets are loaded with polyphenols—chemical compounds that prevent fat from forming—and they actively burn belly fat. It's theorized that the catechins in blueberries activate the fat-burning gene in belly-fat cells. In one study by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, blueberries were found to decrease lipids by 73 percent! Here's What Happens to Your Body When You Eat a Cup of Blueberries Every Day.10 BananasLast but certainly not least, the beloved banana is indeed a carby fruit. But these are complex carbs and bananas do a ton of great things for you, like instantly debloating a puffy tummy. Not only does the fruit increase bloat-fighting bacteria in the stomach, it's also a good source of potassium, which can help diminish water retention. Bananas are rich in glucose, a highly digestible sugar, which provides quick energy, and their high potassium content helps prevent muscle cramping during your workout. Here are 17 Amazing Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Bananas.For more healthy eating tips, be sure to sign up for our newsletter!
We are cooking in the kitchen these days probably now more than we ever have. With numerous people working or attending school from home, the kitchen has become a frequented room for many. While cooking in the kitchen can certainly be a joyful and therapeutic activity, if you're not careful, you might pick up on a few bad kitchen habits that could ruin your recipes—or even make you sick!In order to ensure that you're making the most of your recipes, your appliances, and even the cleanliness of your kitchen, we rounded up a few important bad kitchen habits that you need to start avoiding. Once you have these down, you're also going to like our list of 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.1 You're not letting your skillet properly heat up.If a recipe calls for you to cook something over medium or medium-low heat, you want to make sure that the skillet is actually at that proper temperature. Especially if you need to cook something for a particular time period—you don't want undercooked food! Give your skillet a minute or two to heat up properly before starting your recipe.If you're a fan of skillet recipes, then you're going to love our list of 35 Quick and Amazing Cast-Iron Skillet Recipes.2 You're cooking things on high heat.It's good for the skillet to be heated before you start cooking, but you certainly don't want it to be overheated. If you're cooking something at a particular temperature and it starts to char, it's likely the skillet is too hot (unless the recipe calls for you to char something). This is particularly important if you're flipping pancakes! The skillet will likely heat up even more, so make sure to turn it down before pouring the second batch of pancakes on the pan.3 You're cleaning your cast-iron skillet with soap.If you have a seasoned, non-stick cast-iron skillet, the last thing you want to do is ruin the seasoning with a lot of soap. While a small amount of soap is okay—especially if you're trying to get some harder food bits from browning something—it's not good for the skillet to be immersed in soap all the time. A true non-stick skillet will be able to wash fine with some warm water, and abrasive sponge, and good ol' elbow grease.Here are 13 Ways You're Ruining Your Cast-Iron Skillet.4 You're not seasoning your skillet between uses.To keep a nice non-stick coating on your cast-iron skillet, it's important to season it between washes. After washing out your skillet (with as little soap as possible), rub a small amount of oil on your skillet and leave it to dry. Vegetable oil works well, especially if you grab a container of shortening. You can scoop out a small amount and wipe it around the surface of the skillet with a paper towel. Here's How To Season a Cast-Iron Skillet So That It Lasts for a Lifetime.5 You're not letting meat rest.If you're cutting into a steak immediately after pulling it off the grill, be warned! Your steak will likely become tough as you continue to eat it. That's because you didn't give time for your meat to rest after cooking it. When you cook a piece of meat, the juices usually come to the surface. By cutting it open, those juices will tumble out. The resting period—about five minutes—allows for the juices to seep back into the steak, creating a juicy piece of meat. You should also "tent" the steak by loosely placing a piece of aluminum foil over it during the resting period.6 You're not shredding your own cheese.Did you know the shredded cheese in that bag in your fridge actually is covered in cellulose? Cellulose is an anti-caking agent used so the cheese doesn't stick together in the bag, which can actually destroy some of your recipes. If you're making homemade mac and cheese or even a pizza, shredding your own cheese will stick together nicely, and create long strings of cheese that you desire for those types of dishes.7 You forget to add salt when cooking pasta.While you could just add salt to your pasta dish while cooking it, actually cooking the pasta in salted water will give that bland pasta even more flavor! Next time you're boiling a pot of water to cook pasta, sprinkle in some salt.8 You're not prepping your ingredients.If there are a lot of demanding steps in a recipe—like stirring continuously or whisking a sauce—the last thing you want to do is mess it up or burn it because you had to get another ingredient out of the fridge. Avoid the hassle and prep your ingredients beforehand by measuring them out and placing them on the counter, ready to go.You'll also want to prep your ingredients when you bake, too! As well as these 23 Best Baking Tips of All Time.9 You're cleaning your chicken.Cleaning your chicken may seem like a productive and safe thing to do, but in reality, it could make you even more sick. By rinsing your chicken, there's actually the potential for foodborne illness to spread on your surfaces and utensils. Here's why you should never rinse raw chicken.10 You're not organizing your fridge properly.Your fridge could actually be making you sick if you're not organizing it properly! Because the last thing you want to do is to have uncooked meat sitting on the top shelf above all of your fresh produce and prepared foods. Here's how to organize your fridge properly to keep your food fresh and your family safe.11 You're not switching out your sponges often enough.Sponges are typically breeding grounds for germs, which is why you should be replacing it at least every month! One study from 2017 shows that sponges can carry up to 362 types of bacteria, including fecal matter! If you don't have a dishwasher and you're using a sponge more regularly, it may even be wise to switch it out every two weeks or so. Here's How Often You Should Change Your Sponge.
As you enjoy pumpkin-flavored treats and jack-o’-lantern carving on fun fall days, know that the squash is grown all over the country. However, it’s iconic to one Midwestern state in particular: Illinois. In 2018, the state harvested 500 million pounds, followed by the second-largest...
In early August, young adults started leaving their homes and heading back to colleges and universities across the country. Within weeks, health experts noticed a concerning trend—that young people were propagating the spread of the virus not only amongst themselves but to higher risk populations. Now, the CDC is issuing concerning data about the younger age demographic. On Tuesday, the national health organization released two studies, both coming to the same conclusion: colleges and universities are fueling the COVID-19 spread—and must be stopped. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. More Than 45% of the Cases Were From Those Aged 18-22"During August 2–September 5, 2020, weekly COVID-19 cases among persons aged 18–22 years increased 55% nationally. Increases were greatest in the Northeast (144%) and Midwest (123%). Increases in cases were not solely attributable to increased testing," the CDC explained in one of the studies, involving a national analysis. They point out that while the surge of cases in this age group could be driven by many factors, "including changes in behavior or risk profiles resulting from multiple social, economic, and public policy changes during this period," it is most likely due to the fact that over 45% of those aged 18-22 are enrolled in colleges and universities."Young adults, including those enrolled in colleges and universities, should take precautions, including mask wearing, social distancing, and hand hygiene, and follow local, state, and federal guidance for minimizing the spread of COVID-19," the CDC cautions. "Institutions of higher education should take action to promote healthy environments."The other study focused on a series of 18 COVID clusters -- groups of 5 or more cases — at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, "within 2 weeks of opening the campus to students," the CDC explained. By August 25 the number of cases had already jumped up to 670. "Student gatherings and congregate living settings, both on and off campus, likely contributed to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in this setting."Again, the health organization recommended "enhanced measures," including "reducing on-campus housing density, ensuring adherence to masking and other mitigation strategies, increasing testing for SARS-CoV-2, and discouraging student gatherings."RELATED: I'm an Infectious Disease Doctor and Would Never Touch This Dr. Fauci Puts Out Warning, As WellDr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, has been urging young Americans to act responsibly during the pandemic for this very reason. "What I say to the young people, is that even though you're perceiving correctly—that the chances are that if you get infected, you're not going to get seriously ill statistically alone—even though don't be too confident because we're now seeing that people from 18 to 34 are having an increased incidence of hospitalization of late. But putting that aside, when you get infected as a young person, and you assume correctly that you're not going to get seriously ill, the natural response, which is innocent and you know, not doing anything evil or bad, you say I'm not hurting anybody. I get infected. I'm in a vacuum," he explained during a recent interview with actress Jennifer Garner. "That's very much incorrect because you're not in a vacuum. The fact that you've allowed yourself to get infected means you are inadvertently and innocently propagating the outbreak. And when you propagate the outbreak, it doesn't stay with you because it is likely that you will infect someone else who'll infect someone else. And then all of a sudden, someone gets infected, who is vulnerable, someone's father and mother who has cancer chemotherapy, a woman who's getting radiation for breast cancer, a child with immunodeficiency.""Even though you think you live in a vacuum, you have two types of responsibility," Dr. Fauci continues. "One is an individual responsibility to yourself. And the other is something that you have to accept as a member of society. You have a societal responsibility. You don't want to be part of the problem. You want to be part of the solution.""Don't let caution to the wind because you're not only going to be hurting yourself. You're going to be propagating a bad thing, which is a pandemic." As for yourself, no matter your age, to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.