Halloween Cheat Meal at Disneyland

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Halloween time at Disneyland is filled with amazing cheat treats. Photo by me.

It’s finally October known as Halloween month and the hardest task will be to stay on track with our diet, but this does not mean you can’t have a cheat meal once in a while.

My favorite place in October to have a cheat meal is Disneyland. During Halloween time at Disneyland there are so many treats that are hard to resist. From Mickey shaped pumpkin beignets to Minnie Mouse themed candy apples to Cruella De Vil brownies and Mickey shaped macarons. These treats are worth the indulgence.

If you really want to cheat on your diet, the Mickey pumpkin beignet is the perfect treat with approximately 290 calories for one beignet. One order comes with three, so if you eat the three beignets it is approximately 870 calories. These are decadent due to the pumpkin puree filling and sprinkled powdered sugar.

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Halloween candy apple is the second treat with the highest calories.  Photo by me.

The second treat with the highest calories is the Minnie Mouse themed candy apple with approximately 275 calories. This apple is coated in milk chocolate, halfway dipped with white chocolate that is rolled into purple sprinkles and orange fondant circles pasted on top of sprinkles. The ears are two chocolate-dipped marshmallows and topped with a chocolate molded purple witch hat and orange bow. The calories are high, so if you do not feel comfortable devouring the entire apple, you may share it or eat half and save the rest for later.

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The Cruella De Vil brownie and Mickey macaron are great choices for a cheat meal. Photo by me.

Cruella De Vil brownie is also a cheat meal because it is approximately 254 calories. This Halloween brownie is a fudgy brownie that is topped with white and black cream cheese buttercream. It is not too sweet, so if you do not have much of a sweet tooth this may be the choice for you.

However, the Mickey mummy macaron is a lighter choice with approximately 182 calories. It consists of two Mickey-shaped vanilla macarons coated in white chocolate. A cookies and cream frosting sandwiched between both macarons pours out as you take a bite.

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Halloween time at Disneyland is the best time of the year for cheat meals. Photo by my friend Valerie Rubio.

During this Halloween trip you may eat as much as you weigh, but do not worry because one day of guilty pleasures will not make you gain weight. Instead of feeling guilty, continue your day at the park because let’s face it with the amount of walking you do at the park you will burn those calories before you head back to your car.

Put on your Halloween Mickey ears, grab your candy apple, take photos with the enormous pumpkin in the middle of Main Street and enjoy your day because every diet deserves a break.

 

 

 

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What to Avoid at a Sushi Restaurant

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Tempura vegetables should be avoided in order to not increase the total calories of your meal. Photo by my friend Melissa Montes.

Many consider sushi to be healthy eating. However, there are several items on the menu that should be avoided when you want to stay on track with your diet.

The list of things to avoid starts with fried appetizers such as dumplings, egg rolls served with a sweet sauce, tofu and jalapeño bombs filled with cream cheese. These appetizers are filled with calories that will fill up the required calorie intake before the actual meal.

The tempura rolls are 630 calories each six-piece roll. These carry the most calories and should be avoided because these are deep-fried rolls drizzled with teriyaki sauce and a special sauce. The tempura vegetables are also not a healthy choice because the carrots and zucchini are fried.

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The jumbo volcano tempura roll carry the most calories on the menu. Photo by me

Also, the rolls filled with fried shrimp, cream cheese and drizzled with any type of creamy sauce contain many calories. The spicy tuna roll is 380 calories for a six-piece roll. This roll is considered the healthiest by many people actually is not healthy because the spicy tuna mixture is filled with mayonnaise and hot sauce, which increase the calories drastically.

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The spicy tuna roll is not the healthiest roll at a sushi restaurant. Photo by me.

Next time during a sushi dinner make sure your meal does not sneak in calories into your diet.

 

 

 

Grocery Essentials

 

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Strawberries offers many benefits such as weight loss.

Hello everyone, it is Monday, which means it is time to go grocery shopping for the week.

Grocery shopping may be difficult, especially when the entire store is filled with fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and extra essentials overwhelming your entire trip  because there are so many options. To avoid being overwhelmed with the thought of grocery shopping,  I am going to recommend my go-to produce items I buy at the grocery store.

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Tofu, fruits and vegetables provide health benefits.

I always have berries, apples, grapes and pears in my fridge because the daily consumption of berries, apples and grapes actually reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Also, eating berries, apples and pears as a part of your everyday helps with weight loss.

Vegetables are a bit trickier because vegetables are not everyone’s favorite. However, vegetables have many benefits if incorporated into every meal. I recommend buying broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, eggplant and leeks. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale can protect against various cancers such as breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer. Eggplants are a good source of vitamins and help reduce high blood cholesterol. Also, incorporating leeks into your diet may reduce chronic diseases.

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Incorporating Vegetables into your daily meals will reduce many risks.

The meat section will depend on your diet, whether it is a vegan diet, vegetarian diet or not, the choices will vary. I like to have at least one meatless day in the week, so I will let you in on what I buy to stock up my fridge. If you are not vegan or vegetarian, I recommend chicken breast, salmon and lean turkey. If you are vegan, I recommend tofu and variety of beans such as garbanzo beans and lentils because tofu offers health benefits and beans provide a variety of micronutrients.

The same goes for dairy the products purchased will depend on the diet. If you are vegan or vegetarian, I recommend buying plant-based milk such as unsweetened almond milk or split pea milk because these types of milk also provide a source of protein and are great for those who are lactose intolerant. If you are not following a plant-based diet, I suggest buying lactose-free milk for those who are lactose intolerant and the lowest fat milk you can find to avoid extra fat in your diet.

The extras I believe are needed to make the food taste delicious are coriander, garlic and honey.

 

 

Photos by me