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10 Healthier Food Options At Disneyland That Taste Awesome

10 Healthier Food Options At Disneyland That Taste Awesome

Disneyland is where children dream of going and where adults get nostalgic of their childhood. However, like most amusement parks, Disneyland is notorious for being mecca of unhealthy food options and outrageous portion sizes. Instead of being “the happiest place on earth”, Disneyland can be a food-guilt land-mine. But have no fear, because Disneyland does actually have lots of healthier food options that taste awesome! If you think the only way to eat healthfully at Disneyland is to buy their boring overpriced apples, this guide will prove you wrong.

Here’s 10 healthier food options at Disneyland that aren’t only healthy, but actually taste pretty darn awesome.

1. Vegetable and Tofu Skewers at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

Located near the entrance of Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue serves your standard BBQ chicken and ribs. However, they also have a great vegetarian and vegan option which is a “seasonal veggie and tofu skewer with BBQ glaze”. Eating your vegetables doesn’t have to be boring and everyone knows anything served on a stick is always more fun.

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2. Frozen Bananas

Nearly every cart that sells ice cream throughout Disneyland also sells chocolate covered frozen bananas. It’s not exactly a great source of protein (so don’t substitute it for an actual meal), but the banana does provide potassium and the nuts sprinkled on top provide some vitamin E.  If you’re craving something sweet, it’s a much healthier option than their chemical laden ice cream bars in the shape of Mickey Mouse ears (in fact, a good rule of thumb to eating healthy eating at Disneyland is to pretty much avoid anything that’s in the shape of Mickey’s ears).

3. Chef’s Vegan Burger at Carnation Cafe:

After years of watching Disneyland patrons gnaw on turkey legs and corn dogs, vegans finally have something to eat at Disneyland that isn’t cotton candy. This vegan burger has “house-made bean and vegetable patty, tomatoes, lettuce, pickled red onions, and vegan chipotle mayo on a multigrain roll”. It also comes with a side of fruit or french fries (of course opt for the fruit if you’re on the healthy eating bandwagon.

4. Chieftan Chicken Skewer at Bengal Barbecue

Across from the Indiana Jones ride in Adventureland, you’ll find Bengal Barbecue that has a few awesome healthier food options. A good bet there is their “Chieftan Chicken Skewer” which is a simple skewered chicken breast flavored with some “Polynesian sauce”. Simple, lean, and a great source of protein.

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5. Baked Fish Tacos at Ranch del Zocalo Restaurante:

Located in Fronteirland, this Tex-Mex themed restaurant actually offers a few healthy options that won’t weigh you down too much. A good bet is their baked fish tacos that comes with cabbage slaw and a side of rice and beans.

6. Planetary Pizza Salad at Red Rocketts Pizza Port

You might not expect to find healthy fare at Tomorrowland’s Pizza Port, but they actually offer an impressive selection of salads. If you’re craving a pizza but want to stay on the healthier side, your best bet is their “Planetary Pizza Salad” which comes with “crisp lettuce and pepperoni tossed in an Italian vinaigrette, topped with tomatoes, mixed olives, pepperoncini and a Parmesan-mozzarella cheese blend”. The dressing also comes on the side so you can control how much of it you douse on your greens.

7. Pineapple Dole Whip at the Tiki Juice Bar

Outside of the infamous Tiki Room, is the tropical themed juice bar that sells a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. However, instead of paying for overpriced carrot sticks and pineapple spears (that you can easily bring from home), a tasty choice would be their specialty Pineapple Dole Whip. It’s a hybrid of sherbet, frozen yogurt, and fresh pineapple and it’s very refreshing in the sweltering heat of the summer months.

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8. Chili Lime Corn on the Cob at Edelweiss Snacks

If you’re craving a hot snack that isn’t completely nutrient deficient like your standard buttered pretzel or churro, a good option would be this chili lime flavored corn on the cob located at Edelweiss Snacks in Fantasyland. Just make sure you bring some toothpicks or dental floss as corn on the cob has a tendency to get stuck in between your teeth (or fangs, if you’re a vampire).

9. Vegetarian Bread Bowl at Royal Street Veranda

Located right by the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is a small little quick-service nook that sells a few southern specialties. A delicious and healthier option they offer is their vegetarian gumbo. Watch out though because it is served in a huge, dense bread bowl. Hopefully the gumbo itself will you up enough that you won’t end up eating the whole container it came in.

10. Shrimp Salad at Harbour Galley 

At this quick service “dockside” themed restaurant, you’ll find all sorts of classic seafood specialties. A healthier option amid their indulgent lobster rolls and creamy clam chowder is their simple shrimp salad. The salad comes with “shredded romaine, poached shrimp, bacon, blue cheese, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, avocado and green onions”. Shrimp is a great source of lean protein and avocados will provide you with some healthy unsaturated fats. This salad will leave you full and satisfied that the rest of the greasy Disneyland fare won’t leave you feeling deprived.

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Still don’t see something that sounds appealing? They have even more options and you can look up all of the Disneyland restaurant menus here so you can arrive prepared and scout out your own healthier food finds.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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