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Chinese Food….YUM!!!

This Thursday, 11/5/09 started as the rest this week…..up early, no rushing and to the bus stop & work on time, totally LOVING IT!  =)

Prior to leaving I had a toasted whole-grain waffle with sliced bananas on top and a little maple syrup drizzled on top, plus a glass of orange juice for breakfast.

Thursday 11.5.09 - Breakfast

Breakfast

Then at noon I had Chinese Food catered for lunch in my office as a farewell to an employee that is leaving, it was YUMMY!

Thursday 11.5.09 - Lunch

Lunch

Than a few hours later I snacked cranberry & white chocolate cookie with a pear on the side…….

Thursday 11.5.09 - Snack

Snack

After work I headed straight to the Park to do my scheduled run for the day, though I am supposed to run for 50 minutes but only ran for 30 minutes and 2.5 miles as I had to pick my daughter up before 6pm and I did not have enough time to run longer as I didn’t get to the park until 5:15p.m.

With the time change I have found it hard to get my FULL week night runs in as I do not feel comfortable running in the dark alone and I only have an hour of “light” after work so unfortunately my week day runs are going to be shorter from now on.

Once I got home I took a quick shower and then got to work on re-heating left over Chinese Food from today’s work catered lunch that I brought home for dinner tonight.  We had a TON of left overs so there was plenty to take home.

Thursday 11.5.09 - Dinner

Dinner

Then once again it was t.v. time until bed time. 

I have to admit that even though my runs are shorter now during the week days I have gotten more time at night to spend with my family, which is really nice. 

Instead of having dinner around 8pm we are having it at 7pm now and I am able to hit the couch before 9pm, which never happened in the past…….I am really enjoying it a lot and think I will continue with this schedule as it works much better all around!  It is a much “healthier balance”!

 TIP OF THE DAY!

Chinese

Choosing Healthy Chinese Food Options

There is no doubt that eating out can often be very unhealthy for you, whether the food comes from a fast-food restaurant or an exquisite restaurant. As with any other type of food, this also applies to Chinese food. Here, we will take a closer look at some of the things that you should be sure to consider the next time that you decide to order Chinese food, whether you eat it at a restaurant or opt for take-out. All of these tips will help you make the healthiest choices when you decide to order Chinese food.

Avoid Ordering Fried Rice

Fried rice may seem very healthy to you, but in reality, it is not. Think about the name: fried rice. That is exactly what this type of rice is. Although it may be very delicious, fried rice is very high in calories and fat. It is even worse when you opt for pork, beef or chicken fried rice. Vegetable fried rice is the healthiest way to go. When you do make the decision to order fried rice, the best thing that you can do is serve yourself smaller portions in order to reduce your caloric intake.

Skip the Deep-fried Egg Roll

Egg rolls are deep-fried, unfortunately. For this reason, they are extremely high in calories, fat and trans fat. Majority of the time, egg rolls are often very high in sodium. If you really want to eat healthy when you decide to eat Chinese food, you will probably want to skip the egg roll. For some, egg rolls are a favorite, but it is important for you to consider if they are really worth all of the calories and fat when you are trying to opt for healthy Chinese food options. There are a number of deep-fried Chinese dishes that you will want to avoid if you are trying to make the healthiest choices when you eat Chinese food. Unfortunately, many of these Chinese food dishes are popular favorites. Some of these include General Tso’s Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken and Mu Shu Pork. While you may enjoy these Chinese dishes, they are really not the healthiest Chinese food options.

Choose Vegetable-Based DishesMost

Chinese food restaurants offer some wonderful dishes which are vegetable-based. What this means is that they are ultimately higher in fiber than Chinese dishes which are deep-fried or include loads of meat. You will often be able to find a  vegetarian menu, which will include dishes such as sautéed mixed vegetables. Some options that you may want to consider when choose vegetable-based dishes that also include meat are chicken or beef with broccoli and shrimp or chicken with mixed vegetables, to name a few. Ultimately, vegetable-based dishes tend to be the healthiest Chinese food options.

Fill Up On Carbohydrates

Steamed rice is a great option when you decide to eat Chinese food. You often hear of people complaining that Chinese food does not fill them. This is because many often skip steamed rice, which tends to be very filling when it is eaten in combination with vegetables and meats. One of the things that many people do not know about steamed rice is the fact that it is low in calories, making it a much more appealing and healthier Chinese food option than Chinese fried rice.

Consider Egg Drop Soup

Egg drop soup often gets a bad rap because it is known to be very high in cholesterol, due to the fact that it does contain egg yolks. However, it is important to keep in mind that egg drop soup is another great way for you to fill yourself up. When you eat it before your Chinese food entrée, there is a good chance that you will become full much quicker.

These are just some of the many things that you can do to make Chinese food a healthier option for yourself. However, it is important to keep in mind that you should allow yourself to “cheat” sometimes. If you do not eat Chinese food on a regular basis, then it would not necessarily be a bad thing for you to eat an egg roll or your favorite deep-fried Chinese food dish. Everything in moderation is acceptable. If you eat Chinese food on a regular basis, then there is a good chance that these tips for choose healthier Chinese food options will come in handy for you.

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Categories: Chinese Food, Park, Running, Work
  1. November 6, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I always make sure the place is MSG free or I can order without it before sitting down. MSG is bad news for me..

  2. November 7, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I’m pretty sure were having Chinese food tonight so thanks for the tips! Yours looks so yummy!

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