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Mom Hack – Ordering Healthy Take-Out

You live a busy life as a mom. If you aren’t heading to work or taking the kids to and from school, you’re cooking meals, helping with homework, chaperoning field trips, or doing laundry. You deserve a break, too. If you find yourself wondering “is there a Philly cheeseteak pizza near me,” you aren’t alone. Plenty of moms find themselves wanting to order takeout instead of cooking dinner after a long day. Luckily, there are ways to order healthy takeout for your entire family.

Try Good, Old-Fashioned Pizza

Pizza has a bad rap as an unhealthy dinner item, but it’s really all in how you order it. Are you trying to cut back on the grains you and your family eat? Simply look for “gluten free pizza delivery near me.” Of course, it’s about more than the crust. When ordering pizza for your family, be sure to order lots of vegetables. Remember, meat toppings are delicious but should be used in moderation, because they are full of extra sodium and fat. If you can, order a thin crust as well, as it means fewer calories for everyone. Finally, start dinner with a homemade salad to help everyone fill up without eating too much pizza.

Consider Mexican Entrees

Mexican entrees are an excellent way to get meat and vegetables in, as long as you don’t mind making a few substitutions to keep the meal healthy for you and the kids. Start with the beans. If your kids will eat them at all, avoid the refried ones, which often have extra fat added in the form of lard. Instead, use fresh black beans and wrap them and your other ingredients in a soft tortilla. You can even find gluten-free or low-carb versions these days. Salsa is an excellent, healthy way to add flavor, and shrimp or chicken is healthier than beef and pork options. Finally, try to avoid rice, but limit yourself to a portion about the size of your fist if you find you and the family just can’t skip it.

Special Order Diner Food

These days, it’s easier than ever to order diner food without even leaving your home. Of course, diner food is also some of the least healthy if you don’t know how to order properly. The first rule is to avoid the French fries, which can have nearly 1,000 calories per serving. Ask for steamed vegetables or even a baked potato instead. When eating breakfast items, stick to egg-white omelets or unsweetened oatmeal that you can sweeten yourself. Other healthy options include turkey or veggie burgers, large salads, or Greek dishes that use yogurts instead of fat-filled mayonnaise.

Nothing will be quite as healthy as if you were to cook it yourself, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find healthy items to order if you take your time and do your research first. You can’t beat the convenience, either. Many websites even allow you to track your orders now. All you need to do is click on “track my pizza to see exactly when it is going to show up at your door.

Sweet Treats for Father’s Day

I’ve got a box of brownies for our Daddy here. We are celebrating his 22nd year as the cool and ever responsible Daddy to our two grown up children. It’s our daughter’s idea to buy him a box of brownies. I might be cooking something special for him unless they decide to have a food delivery. Happy Father’s Day, hon. Thank you for loving and taking care of our family.

How to help mango farmers in Luzon

A Filipino chef and food advocate recently urged the public to help mango farmers from Luzon.

Through his Facebook post, Chef Jam Melchor, who is also the founder of the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement, has made the following appeal.

“Food industry friends, we need to help our mango farmers! Sweet, velvety, soft and scandalously succulent – we have the best mangoes in the world!

This season, they are producing about 100 tons per week. One truck can contain 4 tons. They can give it at P25/K if 4 tons ang order. Export grade is at P50/k. You may call DA Main office (AMAS) at (02) 925 3795 so they can link you directly to these mango producers.

Remember that picture of tons and tons of locally grown tomatoes dumped by farmers in Laguna in a waste dumpsite last year was very troubling. For one, the farmers toiled to grow those tomatoes and they got nothing for their effort.

Those tomato farmers figured they have nothing more to lose and decided to keep their pride by dumping their produce instead. That deprived the traders of the opportunity to make their unholy profits at their expense.

Let us not wait for the time when our farmers will give up on us. It is time to rethink how each of us can help them, even in small ways.” #PhilippineMango#SupportourFarmers #LoveLocal #ItsmorefuninthePhilippines#PreserveFilipinoFood

Credit: Jam Melchor