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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 November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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