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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 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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