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Eat This. Not That: 10 Rules for Making Healthy Choices

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

My Dad has been after me to write him a list of rules to follow -- to make sure he was always making healthy choices when dining out (or making a meal at home). Well, Dad, I finally did it!

10 rules for Making Healthy Choices:

1. Order brown rice instead of white rice.

2. Pack carrots instead of chips in your lunch.

3. Choose whole wheat bread instead of white bread.

4. Use low-fat or fat-free (plain, unsweetened) vegan yogurt instead of mayonaise. 

5. Order a side of steamed vegetables instead of a side of fries.

6. Replace half the pasta with vegetables. 

7. Eat a salad once a day. No negotiating. 

8. Order sorbet instead of ice cream.

9. Use agave or raw sugar instead of white sugar. 

10. Have a drink or dessert. Not both. 

Do you have any tips or rules for healthy eating? (please share in comments!)

Happy Herbivore in Barcelona

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Barcelona is extraordinarily beautiful, but it was the energy in the city that I fell in love with.... There is just something about Barcelona that makes every cell in your body pulse and remind you that you are alive. in this moment. living.

I also went to heaven... foodie heaven. Barcelona's fresh market shames any other fresh market anywhere! The pictures don't even come close to bringing it justice.

Walking around the fresh market I spotted dragon fruit, which I'd never had before (but always wanted to try) and I figured why not try it for the first time in Barcelona. 

I don't really have an opinion of it. It didn't have that much of a taste. It didn't wow me, but I'd like to try it again.

Next up, Madrid!

Happy Herbivore in Switzerland

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Zurich was my last city with Scott, Jim (my best friend) and his girlfriend. After Zurich, they all went home while I went on to Spain. 

The train ride through the Alps from Italy to Switzerland was beautiful. They're building a more direct route that will go through the mountain, rather than zig-zagging around it, so we all felt very lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy this scenic train ride while you still can. 

As for Switzerland itself, Zurich has a certain way about it that makes it feel different from the rest of Europe. I felt very comfortable there, at home even, as though I'd lived there before. It just had this vibe... I can't really put my finger on it, a sort of 'independence' attitude, that made it stand alone from the rest of Europe.

Zurich is also very, very, vegetarian-friendly. There are a lot of vegetarian restaurants and many more restaurants with vegetarian and vegan menus. Just about every place I stopped at to browse a menu had clearly labeled veg dishes. 

I loved this menu---and the restaurants passion for sustainability, that we just had to eat here.

For lunch, Scott & I opted for simple, stir-fry fare.  I had a peanut-orange-ginger stir-fry (the combo was so unique I had to try it) and Scott went for a simple curry.

By dinner we were all pretty tired so Scott & I laid low at our hostel and ordered a cheeseless vegetable pizza from across the street. I was impressed by the wide variety of vegetables they loaded us up with! 

The next day, Scott was the first to leave -- having to catch a train back to Paris to fly home. After he left, Jim's girlfriend went back to their hotel room to rest, giving Jim and I some quality time alone. We've recently celebrated 15 years of friendship, a huge milestone in my book, and it was wonderful to just walk around with him. 

We sat by the river talking for a long while, and then dared to dip our feet in when we saw others swimming. Our toes lasted about 10 seconds. To say the water is cold, would be a gross understatement...