Eating Well in the Grand Canyon

To be honest, most national parks are not known for their healthy eating choices, as the concessionaires tend to offer a menu of high-fat, low-taste, sodium-filled options. And although you can certainly find calorie-laden options at the Grand Canyon National Park, Xanterra Parks & Resorts also offers a number of healthier selections at their restaurants. Granted you do have to read the menus and choose carefully, but here are a few examples of some of the healthier food options at Grand Canyon National Park. Continue reading

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Mountain House on the Road

One of the best ways to reign in calories on the road is to dodge the fast food joints, and instead pack along a picnic lunch and stop at parks and rest stops along your route. And although this is standard practice for us on road trips these days, I decided to add a little variety to the menu by including some Mountain House freeze-dried entrees.

Although they were designed for camping and disaster supplies, they are also great for lunch stops. We pack along our camp stove anyway, because we usually stop at least one camping cabin or yurt along the way, so we have all the tools needed to prepare a tasty meal al fresco. And unlike many of their competitors, many Mountain House entrees are lower in calories in sodium. So here’s how our Mountain House choices stacked up on a recent road trip. Continue reading

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Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle

Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle

This is a great appetizer — very quick and easy to make. I think next time I’ll mix up some light mayonnaise with a little bit of chipotle powder for a dipping sauce. I‘ve also tried it as an entree paired with some rice and veggies. Either way, it’s delicious. Continue reading

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El Pollo Loco Chicken

El Pollo Loco chicken -- yummy!

I just love El Pollo Loco chicken, so I was thrilled when I found this recipe. I just mix up the marinade and put it in a Ziploc bag overnight, and turn it every now and then to make sure the chicken is well coated. Then just throw it on the grill. Continue reading

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Honey Sriracha Glazed Chicken

Honey Sriracha Glazed Chicken

OK, I know it’s no grilling season for some of you yet, but what can I say? I’m from California and we have grilling season 365 days of the year. This is a super simple recipe, that’s low-calorie and pretty tasty. My only qualm was that the Cajun rice we made to go with it was a total flop. We are still looking for a low-sodium version to add to our recipe book, so stay tuned for that. For now, give the chicken a try — you won’t be sorry! Continue reading

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General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso's Chicken

I so love General Tso’s Chicken, but it’s usually pretty high in sodium. This recipe uses reduced-sodium soy sauce, so that helps cut down the sodium. Unfortunately the gluten-free soy sauce is high in sodium, so you have to make a choice –low sodium or gluten-free? I usually opt for low sodium, as I can tolerate a little gluten now and again. Either way, it’s a very tasty recipe! Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Chicken Potstickers

One of the things that I really miss since I went wheat-free are potstickers. Trader Joe’s had some yummy ones, that were low in calories and sodium, but alas, the first ingredient is wheat. SoI set out to find a good and healthy potsticker recipe that I can eat. And at long last, I believe I have succeeded. Continue reading

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Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These lettuce wraps make a very tasty appetizer. Although the sodium is a bit high, it’s still doable if you limit the serving to 2. Still they are pretty filling. I use the “growing” butter lettuce, which is very easy to roll up, and stays fresh for a very long time (probably because it’s growing). Definitely takes care of the craving for buffalo chicken wings! Continue reading

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Chicken Chili Stew with Cilantro Dumplings

Chicken Chile Stew with Cilantro Dumplings

Although this stew doesn’t use a lot of spices, it’s amazingly tasty. I use the gluten-free Bisquick mix but you could easily substitute any Bisquick for that. I’m thinking you could also add some green onions to the dumplings. Either way, it’s pretty tasty, low-calorie and gluten-free. Continue reading

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Turkey Stuffed Poblanos

Turkey Stuffed Poblano

I love to make this dish with turkey leftovers, but you can just as easily use chicken if you prefer. Since there are just the two of us, I usually freeze two of them for later use. I make them for lunch because they are low enough in calories, and very filling; but you can also have them for dinner if you like. Either way, they are very tasty! Continue reading

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