Eating healthy at Disneyworld’s Hollywood Studios-Research phase 5

Hollywood Studios is actually our first park of the week! We will be engulfed in Star Wars Mania! I’m looking forward to all the events, shows, and special guests that will be attending specifically for this weekend. This will be the first time I’ve gone to Disneyworld during Star Wars weekend & I can’t wait to experience the Hoopla! My sister has expressed that this will also be our longest day, we will be leaving the hotel at 6:30 AM & the park will be open until 10:00 PM. I’m figuring we’ll be eating two lunches so I wanted to select a few more options. It will also be an event filled day, we needed quick bites for lunch & dinner!

Lunch Options

Backlot Express

  • Grilled Vegetable Sandwich – Toasted roll, mushrooms, red peppers, zucchini, tomato, watercress, and cheese-$8.99
  • Chicken ceasar wrap– $8.99
  • Turkey Club– $9.99

Starring Rolls Café

  • Whole Wheat Veggie Pita – With chips or fresh fruit – $8.89

Sunset Ranch Market

  • Vegetarian Cheeseburger – $6.89

Dinner Options

Hollywood Brown Derby

  • Split Roasted Half Chicken – With rosemary and juniper, black and white barley, apple chutney and natural chicken reduction – $30.00

Sci-Fi Dine in Theater

  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich – With watercress, vine ripened tomatoes, mayonnaise and drizzled with balsamic vinegar on a caraway salted bun served with choice of cucumber salad or French fries, (of course I would order without Mayo) – $14.99
  • Whole Grain Pasta – With seasonal vegetables and fresh tomato broth – $17.99

Ok readers, this is the last post of eating healthy at Disneyworld research. We will be leaving for Disneyworld in; I can’t believe it, less than 2 days! I’m beyond excited! I hope to post quick highlights of our trip. Please stay with me! I hope you all have an amazing fun-filled, adventurous Memorial Weekend! We all need a holiday!

I found the menus and prices on allears.net. 

For further information, pictures, of the restaurants at WDWinfo.com

Eating healthy at Disneyworld’s Animal Kingdom-Research phase 4

Animal kingdom is an exciting, adventure filled park with rides like Expedition Everest and Kali river rapids. With so many adventures to be had at this park you need a lunch that won’t weigh you down. I’ve selected a few options below that will provide the right balance of protein, carbs, and vegetables to help power through the day. I’ve selected a few options at Yak & Yeti for dinner that sounded unique and flavorful, but healthy.

From Dreamstime

Lunch Options-

Flame Tree BBQ

  • Barbecued Chicken Salad-with mixed greens tossed with barbecued chicken $7.79

Restaurantosaurus

  • Vegetable Subosaurus-grilled vegetables, mushrooms, onions, provolone, served on a toasted roll with sweet potato fries $9.39
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken $7.79

Dinner Options-

Anandapur Yak and Yeti Restaurant

  • Seared Ahi Tuna-chilled, sesame-encrusted ahi tuna, wasabi aioli, and sweet chili slaw $10.99
  • Maple Tamarind Chicken-Seared chicken breast, Indonesian tamarind glaze, coconut ginger rice, baby bok choy, shiitake mushroom stir fry. $19.99
  • Seared Miso Salmon-miso glazed Atlantic salmon, jasmine rice, baby bok choy and shiitake mushroom stir-fry $23.99

Sweet Endings-

Royal Anandapur Tea Company

  • Frozen Chai – $4.89,5.39,5.89

found the menus and prices on allears.net. 

For further information, pictures, of the restaurants I found information at WDWinfo.com


Eating healthy at Disneyworld’s EPCOT-Research phase 3

I’m definitely the most excited for our day at Epcot! I love the World Showcase and exploring the different cultures of our beautiful WORLD. Below are just a few options I wanted to highlight, but the wide assortment of cuisine also brings tons of healthy food options.

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Lunch Options-

Teppan Edo:

  • Sushi Sampler – tuna, salmon, shrimp nigiri and 2 pieces of California roll $9.50
  • Miso Soup – traditional soybean paste soup $3.00

Tangierine Café:

  • Shawarma Platters – served with side of Hummus, Tabouleh and a Tangierine Couscous Salad with fresh Moroccan bread
  • Chicken & Lamb Combo $13.99

Rose and Crown:

  • Open-faced Chicken Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich – with oven-dried tomatos, sauteed mushrooms and onions, cheddar, and English chips $11.99

Dinner Options-

Nine Dragons:

  • Appetizer Trio (serves two) – sampler of cucumber salad, spicy beef, and fragrant chicken $11.98
  • Fragrant Five-Spiced Fish – light but flavorful sautéed whitefish fillets with a classic Chinese Five-Spice sauce $22.98

La Hacienda de San Angel

  • Pescado a la Talla– Grilled tilapia served with esquites (roasted corn), nopales (cactus leaves) and mango Chutney $23.95

Sweet endings-

Kabuki café

  • Kaki Gori-Shaved ice topped with fruit syrups: choice of strawberry, melon, mikan (tangerine), or rainbow (all three flavors) $3.50

I found the menus and prices on allears.net. 

For further information, pictures, of the restaurants I found information at WDWinfo.com

Eating healthy at Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom-Research phase 2

The iconic Magic Kingdom is breathtaking! Walking in you just feel happy, and I always get filled with the excitement I felt the first time I went to Disneyworld! I have so many great memories stemming from this park. The park is chockfull of entertainment, rides, and characters. This day will be doing a ton of running around and taking pictures. I tried to find places that would offer quick, yet satisfying meals for lunch. For dinner I wanted to find a place that offered hearty, yet healthy meals to help restore my energy for the rest of the night!

Lunch Options-

Cosmic Rays:

  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich – served with apple slices or fries $9.39
  • Turkey Sandwich $9.39

Columbia Harbor House:

  • Grilled Salmon – served with couscous and steamed fresh broccoli $10.19

Plaza Restaurant:

  • Vegetarian Sandwich – fresh mozzarella, hummus, basil pesto, cucumber, roasted red pepper, tomato, and lettuce on a freshly baked foccaccia $10.99
  • Chicken Strawberry Salad– fresh garden greens, grilled chicken breast, fresh strawberries, gorgonzola cheese, tossed in a white zinfandel vinaigrette dressing $14.99

Dinner options-

Tony’s Town Square:

  • Seafood Diavolo – Linguini pasta with Clams, Mussels, Calamari, Shrimp, and fresh fish of the day in a spicy Tomato sauce $22.99 (I’m hoping I can request whole wheat linguine)
  • Tony’s Fish of the Day – market price

I found the menus and prices on allears.net. 

For further information, pictures, of the restaurants I found information at WDWinfo.com

Eating healthy at Disneyworld-Research phase 1

I’ve been doing a TON of research on eating healthy at Disneyworld, because our trip is less than 4 weeks away. The number one tip/advice I have found when it comes to eating healthy at Disneyworld is to prepare to have plenty of options.

I plan to research each parks dining options and find at least 3 alternatives for lunch & dinner. We plan to eat breakfast at our timeshare and buy snacks at Costco when we arrive to save time & money. I’ve looked at the below blogs, with extremely insightful information.

  • DisneyfoodbblogGreat list of lunch & dinner options at each park, a list of eat this not that snack alternatives, and tips to eating healthy.
  • Allears.netYou can find the price lists, and up to date menu for every dining service in the parks.
  • PassporterA great resource for planning & this particular article sums up the best tips to eating healthy at Disneyworld
  • Disneyworld’s official site-Of course going to the official site gives a more in-depth perspective on different dining options/information that may not have been mentioned in the above sites.

My plan is to post my perspective meals I can’t wait to try once I’m at Disneyworld per park that would be a healthy, and satisfying option. Researching phase 1 of many?

If you have any advice on eating healthy not only at Disneyworld, but on vacation in general, please let me know!

Happy May 1st everyone! I can’t believe how fast time flies!

Plan in action!

This weekend, I put my new diet plan into action. I kept my calories under the 1400 calorie count. I thought it was going to be the hardest change I had to make with my diet by far. However, it was a much easier transition then I anticipated.

Friday I went through my diet-

  • I didn’t have enough snacks throughout by day. I’m awake my 5:20 AM, and my first meal is around 7:00 am after I run, and I normally don’t get home until 6:00 PM (Friday schedule only). Throughout the week I’m awake by 5:20 and I don’t get home until 8:30 PM.
  • I didn’t feel hungry at all and actually felt full and satisfied throughout my work day and workout. However, since I finished my snacks at work, I was in a rush to get home after the gym and needed to eat dinner.
  • I needed to re-work my snacks to extend my food throughout my typical work day.
  • My calorie count was at 1296

Saturday I discussed Friday’s food schedule with my trainer

  • My trainer suggested adding carrots as my 11 am snack. Since I still felt full from my 9 am snack.
  • I went grocery shopping and bought key items I needed for the week-
    • Chicken breast
    • Tilapia & cod
    • Old fashion oats
    • Honey
    • Carrots
  • Then we went shopping around town
  • We were out for so long, my family wanted to get something for dinner. I was hesitant at first when they suggested Thai food at Mali Thai, one of my favorite restaurants, and one of my weaknesses. However, they really wanted me to go. I found a great low-fat, low calorie option. I ordered the fresh spring rolls with shrimp.
  • I enjoyed my time spent with family without over indulging. I also brought my snacks so I felt satisfied when I went to Mali Thai. I didn’t feel the need to overeat.
  • I ended the day still at 1307 calories, and eating only 9% fat the entire day!

Sunday we prepped food for the entire week

  • Sunday my husband and cousin enjoyed a lazy day at home watching the show Community! I fell in love with this show. It’s hilarious. We’re barely getting through the first season.
  • We had homemade sweet potato fries & BBQ seasoned chicken for lunch.
  • I made tilapia marinated in Aloha Shoyu (soy sauce) and garlic & honey marinade.
  • I have leftovers for lunch & dinner for 2 days.
  • My plan is to only cook Sunday & Wednesday for the entire week. I’ll let you know how my chicken I made Sunday taste on Tuesday!
  • I ended the day at 1200 calories

It takes much preparation and planning to succeed, but it’s worth it when you know every step you take brings you closer to your ultimate goal!

Complete overhaul & results

Yesterday was weigh-in day. I must be honest, I was tremendously nervous for this month’s weigh-in because of all my free days/sick days; however the results shocked me!

I’m down 3 lbs! And numerous inches lost. I couldn’t be more proud of myself.

Yesterday, I officially started my countdown to DISNEYWORLD!

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One month left, and we will be in the happiest place on EARTH!

My trainer & I discussed doing a major overhaul on my diet, and do some key swaps to help me reach my goal this month.

For breakfast-

Instead of: A whole wheat English muffin, 1/3 cup egg whites, 1 morning star sausage

I’ll be eating: ½ cup old fashion oats, 1/3 cup egg whites, 1 slice turkey

For snack-

Instead of: Individually having an apple, protein shakes, and Greek yogurt with fruit on the bottom

I’ll be eating:

Snack #1-Isopure dutch chocolate protein (1 scoop) with a honey crisp apple

Snack #2-Plain Greek yogurt (non-fat) with some honey & 1 vanilla protein shake

Snack #3-5 oz chicken & ¼ of a sweet potato (leftover from lunch)

For lunch –

Instead of: Tilapia fish tacos (homemade)

I’ll be eating: 8 oz tilapia with about ¾ medium sweet potato

For Dinner-

Instead of: Quinoa & tilapia

I’ll be eating: Chicken or flank steak

My total calorie count is to be less than 1400 calories.

Phew, talk about major overhaul! I agreed with my trainer that I should lose at least 2 lbs, but I want to exceed my goal and lose hopefully 4lbs. Wish me luck!

What changes have you or will you make to help you get closer to your goal this month?

What happened?

I honestly don’t know what happened this month, but I realized I haven’t blogged since April 3rd? Wow, what happened? Let’s recap-

  • I continued my strenuous workout plan
  • Maintained my diet
  • Gave myself more free days then ever
  • Felt completely burnt out and sick the weekend of April 6-8, just as I felt I was getting back into the swing of things.
  • Bounced back the following weekend
  • April 14 we went to Rick Steves’ spring travel festival! Even more excited at the prospect of going to Europe for 2 weeks (hopefully in September!)

  • Enjoyed the amazing town of Edmonds, and enjoyed brunch at Chanterelle (I highly recommend this place)
  • Walked along the water with my love in Edmonds
  • Drove to Seattle later that day and walked even more along the pier, and enjoyed meeting new friends at Pike’s place-This was the first sunny weekend in a long time here in Seattle; we made sure to make the most of it!
  • April 22nd we went to the NPC 2012 Emerald cup. Amazed at all the dedication and hard work these athletes put in for this sport! I also saw my previous trainer Larry, I haven’t seen him since October, and his reaction to my progress was the best.

To sum this month up, it was everything I needed-time with family, friends, and motivation to work harder than ever. Hopefully I can stick to a steadier blogging schedule, this time! I hope to post results soon, I weigh in tomorrow. YIKES!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Happy first day of Spring everyone! When I think of Spring, I automatically associate it with sun and warmth! Unfortunately, the western side of WA state didn’t make the transition out of winter yet. We’re enjoying the long days of  gray clouds, rainstorms, and gloom. I need to get out of here and enjoy somewhere warm and sunny!

The lack of natural vitamin D & C is making me feel sad, but it is also more motivation to start the vacation planning process. This year I also want to cross things off my bucket list!

Previous to my weightloss journey, I would always plan vacations centered around eating,A LOT, and being lazy. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to enjoy local cuisine. But, now when I look for destinations, I want to make sure the emphasis is making sure it will be beneficial for my mind, body, and soul.

Our first vacation will be around the end of April. I want to go to Napa Valley, CA. I feel this would be the best option for us as a quick weekend getaway. My husband and I have been wanting to go for years, but haven’t had the opportunity. Now, we’re set on making this trip happen, even just for a weekend. We both really need this! We want this to be our time to relax & rejuvenate as we enjoy the local wine, food, and walks outside, while soaking up some sunshine! A quick break from our strenuous schedules.

Beautiful wine country!

Beautiful wine country!

Does anyone have any hotel suggestions? We’d like to be in the center of town, closest to  the wineries. I’ve been looking on Groupon & Living Social for deals, but I haven’t seen any for Napa. Maybe I missed it?

Where is your first vacation leading you this spring? What’s your definition of an amazing vacation?

Homemade Granola…

So I’ve been completely obsessed with Pintrest, especially when it comes to researching new recipe ideas. This week I’ve been feeling a lot hungrier, and faster than usual. Typically after my yogurt, my snack before lunch. My trainer says it’s usually due to an increased metabolism. He wants me to add an additional 100 calories, a healthy balanced protein/carbohydrate mix. .

I thought the perfect match to my Greek yogurt is, of course GRANOLA! So I searched homemade granola on Pintrest and came across this recipe from Daisy Janie-

From Daisy Janie

From Daisy Janie-Basic Granola

Basic Granola

6 C rolled oats
1/2 C olive oil or grapeseed oil
1/2 C pure honey
1-1/2 t vanilla extract
1 t cinnamon
dash of salt

Add oats to large bowl. In separate bowl, blend other ingredients. Pour liquid mixture over oats & stir until well coated. Spread evenly onto jellyroll pan or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins; every 10 mins, remove from oven, gently stir & turn so it doesn’t burn on the bottom. Let cool until crisp.

Store at room temp for up to 2 weeks

I’m super excited to try this new recipe, and hope I can make some soon!

Do you have any suggestions or variations of homemade granola?