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6 Best Summer Cocktail Recipes Bartenders Recommend

Kick back and treat yourself this summer with a tasty and refreshing cocktail. There’s nothing better than watching the waves, feeling the sun on your skin and sipping a cold drink with a kick. Whether it’s a reliable old classic or an exciting new adventure, you’ll find something here to satisfy your thirst. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s sweet, fruity drinks or something dry and strong.

Pear Mojito

For a sweet twist on a summer classic, add some delicious pear puree to your next mojito. Use one part lime juice and one part syrup for every two parts of your favorite rum. Shake it with ice and a generous helping of pear puree, and then add club soda and fresh mint. Switch out the pear for a little bit of sugar if you prefer the traditional version.

Tequila Sunrise

Start your morning right with this perfect brunch drink. Add about a shot of tequila to a moderate glass of orange juice and mix it with some ice. You can adjust to make it stronger or weaker as you prefer. Then gradually pour in a shot of grenadine and wait for it to sink to the bottom of the drink. 

Mint Julep

Mix fresh mint, water, and a little sugar in a small glass or a pewter cup if you have one. Then add ice and a sizeable pour of smooth bourbon whiskey. Turn this into an amazing slushie-style treat with shaved ice. Take your time with this gorgeous drink while sitting on the porch with a good book or a close friend. 

Watermelon Sangria

There’s no better way to make a thrilling summer cocktail that everyone’s going to enjoy than using fresh fruit. Mix a small pitcher of this delicious and surprisingly strong sangria and dazzle your friends. Blend four cups of seedless watermelon with a cup of rum, a little lime juice, and a normal-sized bottle of sweet wine, like Moscato. Serve cold and top it with a few blueberries to add a splash of color. 

Basil Gimlet

If you’re a fan of gin and you’d like to try something new, how about making yourself a basil gimlet? All it takes is a good gin, syrup, lime juice, and fresh basil. Use one part syrup and one part lime juice for four parts gin. Shake those ingredients together with ice and add a basil garnish. Enjoy the unique flavor!

Piña Colada

Nothing takes away the stress and puts people in a summer mood like a piña colada. For the classic style, use equal parts coconut milk, white rum, and pineapple juice. Blend it with frozen pineapple and ice and serve in the most luxurious cocktail glasses you can find. Take it up the next level with a half part of blue Curaçao to make it match the color of the sea. Then top it off with garnish like a cherry or a slice of fresh pineapple. 

StrictionBP Can Help Improve Heart And Overall Health

StrictionBP is gaining popularity in health circles? Why? This supplement can not only help lower your blood pressure, but it can also affect other important aspects of your cardiovascular system. Maintaining heart health is a huge benefit of StrictionBP. Users love it because it also helps lower blood sugar and bad cholesterol while also helping with blood circulation.

Heart Health

The biggest benefit of StrictionBP is that is can actually improve heart health. When blood pressure is reduced the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood through your body. Three specific StrictionBP ingredients target your heart. These are Ceylon cinnamon, magnesium and Vitamin B6. That’s a short list of ingredients but an important one.

The first, Ceylon cinnamon, is the most important one. Although it is related to the common cinnamon that you find in the baking aisle of the grocery store, this variety is much more powerful. For centuries, Ceylon cinnamon has been an ingredient in traditional and holistic medicine in Asia. As the movement toward natural medicines has increased, so has the popularity of Ceylon cinnamon, which is now used all over the world.

Magnesium is also an important factor in heart health. The human body relies on this mineral to perform a variety of functions in muscle and nerve tissue, most notably those found in the heart and blood vessels. It’s a powerful vasodilator, meaning that it helps blood vessels to relax and become wider. This action, in turn, reduces blood pressure. Magnesium is also beneficial for other heart ailments such as arrhythmias and endothelial dysfunction.

Many older individuals have a magnesium deficit due to decreased magnesium absorption in their intestines, which can lead to inflammation, Type II diabetes and other life-threatening changes. StrictionBP contains magnesium in a form that is easily absorbed by your body in order to maximize its health benefits. 

One of the most well-known vitamins is B6. This vitamin also plays a big role in heart health by lowering levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that is believed to damage the lining of the arteries, which can lead to blood clots. Research has shown that taking B6 can help lower the risk of heart failure in men and stroke in women. B6 also helps reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.

Buying StrictionBP

Another reason why users love StrictionBP is that this formulation truly is an all-in-one supplement. That means you don’t have to buy multiple supplements, each with their own separate cost. StrictionBP is available through its manufacturer. Buyers interested in this supplement have a choice of three options of one, three or six bottles. Larger orders are ideal for individuals who are repeat customers and want to continue using the supplement.

In addition, each initial order comes with a free ebook called “Three Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure.” The manufacturer is so sure that you’ll like StrictionBP that it comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee. Simply return the unused portion for a refund.

The Best Seattle Food To Eat At Pike Place Market

Seattle is known for its wide variety of eateries, but you haven’t really explored the city until you’ve visited Pike Place Market — and coincidentally, this is also the location of some of the best foods. It opened over a hundred years ago in 1907 and is known as one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the country. Well over ten million tourists and locals visit each year, making Pike Place Market the 33rd most popular attraction anywhere in the world. Here’s why it’s also one of the busiest!

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What Food Is Queens, NYC Known For?

A quick trip to the city has been fun for those who live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Upstate New York since the beginning of time — but most visitors stick to Manhattan’s tourist attractions instead of venturing outside. Which is too bad, because cuisine is one thing the city is known for, and you have to leave Manhattan to experience the very best options. In Queens, NYC, you’ll find some of the best ethnic foods anywhere in the world!

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Massive War Against Food Trucks In Northern Philadelphia Brewing

When you’re in a new city with no idea where to eat, there’s always been a sure thing: food trucks. In Northern Philadelphia that might not be the case for much longer. Only four of these trucks have been allowed to remain in the 10th District near the corner of Bustleton and Cottman Avenues because complaints about “safety concerns” led to a new city council bill. Who made the complaints? You guessed it: brick and mortar restaurants.

Also known as: the competition.

The 10th District isn’t alone in this anti-food truck endeavor. The 6th District has had a similar ban in place since all the way back in 1998. The remaining food trucks in the 10th have until October 1 to remove their trucks.

The safety concerns alleged that stopping traffic around the food trucks could be dangerous for both pedestrians and vehicles alike.

Not surprisingly, those who own both brick and mortar restaurants and food trucks don’t share those safety concerns. Matt Rossi owns Nick’s Roast Beef in addition to eight food trucks, and also happens to be the president of the Philly Mobile Food Association.

Rossi commented, “There is always concern. Every little bit of competition, every dollar taken out of your pocket is a dollar you’re not making. We can work this out. We can work through this. That’s been one of my jobs as the president of the association. These guys are members, I’m looking out for them.”

In other words, proponents of the new Philadelphia city council bill may have won a battle, but they’ve got a long way to go before they win the war.

Rossi wants to introduce legislation that will allocate specific zones inside each district where vendors are allowed to park and conduct their business without having to worry about the consequences of complaints, tickets, etc.

For now, the current ban will likely be enforced by Licenses and Inspections, so Rossi and the other food truck owners will have little choice but to comply.

None of the new laws stopped over 40 mobile vendors from parking in Harrisburg for Philadelphia’s annual July 4th Food Truck Festival, though. Citizens who’d had their fill enjoyed fireworks and a drink or two from City Island.

Loaded Chicken Nachos Recipe

Nachos are quite famous everywhere, and they are perfect for every meal. If you eat it with liquid cheese sauce – one of my favorite nacho cheese sauce in Australia. It will, with no doubt, be a great snack. Mix it with chicken and burger cheese slices – quite famous as American cheese in Australia then it’s an amazing dinner.

Off days are incomplete without Chicken Nachos being cooked, this dish is a big hit at my home. It is super delicious and cheesy and surprisingly easy to cook. One of the keys to this amazing dish is the super tasty Mexican Shredded Cheese.

Lots of juicy shredded chicken, tons of mandatory shredded cheese, and the nachos together will satisfy all your favourite people like my husband and children. Try recreating restaurant quality loaded chicken nachos for your kid’s birthday party, or any special occasion, it will bring fun to every occasion.

Also, the ingredients can be modified with your own taste; now it’s time to show some creativity.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients

Tortilla Chips 1 large bag 

Shredded Chicken 2 cups

American cheese 8-9 slices

Mexican Shredded Cheese 1 Cup

Corn ½ Cup

Tomato 2 (diced)

Olive 1/3 Cup

Green Onion ½ Cup (thinly sliced)

Jalapeno ¼ Cup (sliced)

Salsa ¼ Cup

Sour Cream ¼ Cup

Coriander ¼ Cup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a baking dish with a cooking spray, or you can brush some olive oil.
  3. Layer the tortilla chips in the baking dish, making it a single layer.
  4. Then, cover the tortilla chips with shredded chicken.
  5. Place the cheese slices above the shredded chicken, make sure the cheese slices don’t overlap each other.
  6. Add another layer of tortilla chips.
  7. Place corn, tomatoes, green onion, and olives
  8. And finally, sprinkle some or a lot of shredded cheese on top.
  9. Bake the dish for about 15 minutes.
  10. Garnish it with Jalapeno slices, salsa, sour cream, and coriander.
  11. Serve immediately.

Quick tips

  • You can use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery if you don’t have time to make oven-roasted chicken.
  • You can make this recipe lighter, weight your ingredients using a food scale instead of measuring cups. You will get a more accurate measurement. The amount of shredded chicken can vary on how you pack the cup.
  • Create a single serving on quarter sheet pans. It will take the guesswork out of serving size and avoids fighting over the last nacho.

About the Author:

Rosemary Kobe is a homemaker who loves to play with her two little twin-toddlers at her homes in Sydney & Melbourne. She is one of the greatest foodies in Australia experimenting with a lot of dishes at home and occasionally heads out in search of the best burgers in Gold Coast. If you know one – let her know in the comments below or mail me at [rosemariikobe@gmail.com]

Homemade Cheese Curd Chili Recipe

Cheese curd chili recipe is very simple and easy even for beginners. This recipe pairs well with fried rice, Hakka noodles and can also be served as an appetizer. It will surely make your taste buds wanting more. Cheese curds in Australia are easy to get in a local store so I usually make this recipe as a side dish and sometimes as a starter.

Let me share you my homemade cheese curd chili recipe so that you can have something different and delicious to serve your guest next time.

There are lots of ingredients need for this recipe so, let’s start with the ingredients needed to prepare our cheese curd chili

Ingredients 

Cheese curds 1 pound

All-purpose flour 3 tablespoon

Corn flour 4 tablespoon

Salt and pepper to taste

Vegetable oil 7 tablespoon

Minced garlic 3-4 cloves

Minced ginger ½ tablespoon 

Chopped onion 1 cup

Chopped Green chilies 3 piece

Chopped capsicum 1/2 cup

Chili sauce 1 tablespoon

Soya sauce 1 tablespoon

Tomato sauce 3 tablespoon

Green onion        ½ cup

Direction

  • Cut the cheese curd into 1-inch cubes. 
  • Prepare the paste – mix all-purpose flour, corn flour (1 tablespoon), salt and pepper with water. 

(Use water as needed, until a medium thick paste is ready).

  • Coat cheese curds cubes with the paste and set aside for 10-15 minutes to marinate.
  • Heat oil 5 (tablespoon) in a pan over medium flame and deep fry coated cheese curds cubes until golden brown.
  • Strain them and drain the excess oil on a paper towel.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium flame. Add ginger and garlic and sauté for around 20 seconds. 
  • Switch the flame to high and add chopped onions and sauté until its light brown. Add capsicum and green chilies and sauté until they get cooked slightly. 

(Keep stirring while cooking, all the vegetables shouldn’t be overcooked it should be crunchy)

  • Add soya sauce, tomato sauce, chili sauce, and a pinch of salt. Mix all the ingredients properly and cook over medium flame for around 1 minute
  • Add fried cheese curds cubes and Stir and cook over medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn off flame and transfer prepared cheese curds chili dry to a large bowl. Sprinkle the green onion and serve hot with soup or fried rice.

If you love a cheesier dish, you can sprinkle some Mexican shredded cheese to give an excellent cheesy finishing touch.

Quick tips

  • Dissolve one tablespoon corn flour with three tablespoons of water and mixing it in gravy will make the paste thicker.
  • Adding to much water in the sauce will overcook capsicum and onions and make them soggy.

Cheese curd chili can be an excellent choice for winter, serving chili paneer dry with soup will quickly warm up the body, or you can serve it with Chinese fried rice or schezwan rice as a side accompaniment.

About the Author:

Rosemary Kobe is a homemaker who loves to play with her two little twin-toddlers at her homes in Sydney & Melbourne. She is one of the greatest foodies in Australia experimenting with a lot of dishes at home and occasionally heads out in search of the best burgers in Gold Coast or Melbourne. If you know one – let her know in the comments below or mail me at [rosemariikobe@gmail.com]

Decontructed Fish Tacos on a bed of cabbage

How Cell-Based Seafood May Make the Impossible, Possible

Plant-based alternatives are cropping up all over town, celebrating a new approach to the health of our own bodies and our planet. By replacing animal-based foods with alternatives that are becoming more and more satisfying, individuals are making small changes that have a huge collective impact. The benefits of a plant-based diet reach far and wide, from conserving water and protecting natural habitats, to cutting down on an individual’s carbon footprint. 

The Meaty Problem at Hand

And according to the United Nations, this is a much-needed change. In fact, one of the world’s most urgent problems today is meat. At the center of our plates and our entire food system, meat has brought a catastrophic rise in greenhouse gas emissions. It has even left us with a greenhouse gas footprint that rivals that of every car, truck, bus, ship, airplane, and rocket ship combined.

The magnitude of the problem is clearly a challenge but thanks to innovations in science and technology, we are beginning to make the impossible, possible. Just look at the Impossible Burger! Taking over almost every menu, even that of the famed Burger King Whopper menu, plant-based foods are entering the mainstream and people are gobbling it up.

A New Approach: Cell-Based Seafood

Meanwhile, there is another disruptive approach on the rise, cell-based seafood. Cell-based seafood involves the use of embryonic fish cells grown within a controlled lab environment. Not only does the production process eliminate nearly all animal cruelty, it makes much more efficient use of resources and will do much less damage to the planet as a whole. 

Relieving the financial and ecological pressures placed by large-scale factory fish farming and capture, cell-based seafood enhances species conservation and reduces the environmental pollutants that are associated with the current industrial approach.

While an emerging alternative, the cell-based seafood approach is entering at a positive time in the market when individuals are becoming more and more conscious of their food choices and its innate impact on the future of the planet. 

A leader in the industry Alain Rostain, the CEO of Clean Research, brings a passion to his work that is as deep as the ocean. “By accelerating the research and development of making real fish meat (the fillet) directly from cells, I’m truly excited by the opportunity to provide consumers with cleaner seafood options while accelerating our transition from a factory-farm based economy to a bioprocess economy. Knowing that my work could help transform the food economy and this planet for future generations contributes to my enthusiasm on a daily basis,” he says. 

Advancing Food Alternatives

Alain’s company is currently working to accelerate the research and development of cell-based lean fish. Bringing a collaborative approach to the industry, Clean Research is setting standards with the quality of its approach to science and technology. Within the next five years, Clean Research hopes the field can start to move successfully from public research and development to private commercialization efforts.

The Road Ahead

This could be just the kind of forward motion we need after the recent wave of plant-based alternatives. Because according to Alain Rostain, we still have a long way to go. “While plant-based foods are becoming more available, it’s important to remember that it is only with cell-based meat, poultry, and seafood that we will replace what is normally eaten on a daily basis. Obviously, our industry has made some progress in just a few short years, but there is an even longer road ahead,” he adds.

A former computer strategist and leader of insight-based breakthrough innovations, Alain Rostain is no fish out of water when it comes to progress and disruption. His approach may be a little unconventional, but it is also proof that if we think outside of the box and put our minds together, there is no limit to the problems we can solve and the advancements we can make on our planet. It is also proof that it may just be worth taking a shot at the ‘impossible.’

“We are not only taking on reinventing how we make real seafood, but also attempting to bring this essential research and development back into the public domain; the field got competitive too early. Many think what I am trying to do is impossible. It may only be nearly impossible. Since it’s necessary for our children and their children, I am optimistic we will find a way,” he says.

Here Is Why Eating Out Can Be Good for You

Statistics show that only 10% of Americans love to cook, and most of them eat out at an average of 5.9 times per week. Compared to the women in the 1960s, modern women today also spend less time cooking at just 66 minutes per day. 

There are several reasons that more consumers are eating out. 

Why more people prefer to eat in restaurants

Optimized dining space

To achieve maximum efficiency, many restaurants today create spaces that allow for different eating styles. In some dining establishments, people can order ahead using an online ordering platform, cutting down waiting time. Some also allow for takeaways to be picked up at a store closer to the consumer. 

Many of these restaurants take advantage of technology to improve efficiency. These include kiosks and handheld POS systems to automate and speed up order requests, respectively.

Variety of food choices

At home, the food you eat is often limited to what you, your mom, or someone else knows how to cook. In restaurants, you get to try different dishes, depending on where you dine. If you have an adventurous palate, you’re going to love eating out at different restaurants at any time. 

Craving for some Mojo Shrimps, BBQ Chicken Cobb, and a Cubano? Head out to Riot House and satisfy your hunger. Visit during its Scottsdale happy hour and have your fill of drinks. There are many places like this in the town you live in or are visiting. Scottsdale is known for its eclectic dining for those foodies.

Flexible dining experience

Eating out at different restaurants enables you to enjoy food in different ways. Each restaurant has a different style, personality, and dishes. Clichéd as it may sound but dining out will take you on a gastronomic journey. 

You get to eat different dishes and from different cultures. If you limit yourself to eating at home, you won’t have the opportunity to keep an open mind in your choice of food.

Distraction-free dining

When in a restaurant, you may still be tempted to check out your phone rather than to be at the moment” while you eat. But that’s probably the only distraction you have to deal with.

At home, the TV, pets, and other people will pull you away from the table. What are the odds that you’ll end up eating in front of the TV instead of at the dining table with the rest of your family?

Build manners and social skills

At a restaurant, you need to:

  • Interact with the wait staff
  • Interact with other people dining with you
  • Wait for your food
  • Complain or provide feedback without being disrespectful
  • Observe table manners

All these require you to be patient,polite and behave in a way that is appropriate with your surroundings. In some restaurants, you have to follow the dress code or be denied entry. 

Suffice it to say that your dining experience will help develop your social skills and manners. The friendlier and respectful you are to restaurant staff, the more satisfying your experience is. 

Opens doors for communication

You don’t dine and dash in restaurants. At least this is not usually the case in a full-service establishment. Without distractions, you have lots of opportunities to chat. Most of the time, people dine in restaurants to catch up, talk business, and the like. 

Conversations are longer too since you’ll want to savor the food you paid for and enjoy the company you’re with. 

In a way, you will develop and improve your communication skills when you eat out. 

Observe proper restaurant etiquette

If you want a great dining experience, you should behave accordingly. How do you do this exactly?

Don’t be loud

No one likes a diner who is noisy and annoying. A restaurant may be a place to socialize but no need to be loud and rowdy. Keep conversations at a low decibel, even when you’re cracking up. 

Be patient

Unless you’re eating at a fast-food restaurant, give the kitchen time to prepare your food and wait for it to be served. Ask the wait staff how long you need to wait and only follow-up or complain when the restaurant does not keep their promise. 

Inform in advance

Say you will be late for your reservation, inform the restaurant ahead of time. Doing so will ensure your table will not be given to someone else or that you won’t waste space that other diners could have used. 

Properly use of cutlery 

Depending on where you eat, you may need to hold a fork and knife in either the American or European way. The former suggests that you hold both only when the food needs to be cut. Afterward, you transfer the fork in your right hand. 

The European style, on the other hand, is when you hold the knife in your right hand and the fork in the left. 

Avoid making noise with your cutlery when you dine.

Ready to eat out? 

10 Healthy On-The-Go Fast Food Alternatives for Busy Entrepreneurs

When you are busy focused on building a business the last thing you are worrying about is eating healthy. As a business owner, you have plenty on your plate. There are always new issues, challenges and tasks being thrown your way.

It’s more convenient to grab something on the go, or opt for fast food in the middle of a busy day. But, what many don’t realize is that when you eat healthy it’s not only better for you physically, but your mental focus can improve as well. Fueling your body with healthy options can give you more energy and eliminate mental fog.

We polled several successful business owners and leaders, and asked them to provide one simple and easy meal or snack alternative that was healthier than a McDonald’s value meal or other “convenient” options. Here are some suggestions to consider reaching for throughout the day.

1. Apples

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away — isn’t that what they say? There are actually a lot of reasons to reach for an apple when you are hungry over something like a candy bar or a bag of chips. The nutritional profile is much healthier, there is no fat or artificial additives and they actually can help promote healthy digestion.

The calorie count is very low as well and an apple will make you feel full and satisfied. A little bag of chips might be loaded with fat and have 400 calories, only to leave you hungry for more, which can trigger binge eating.” – Paul Kelly, 247 CCTV Security Ltd

2. “Healthy” Protein Bar

“Protein bars are highly popular, and you can find them everywhere now, no there really isn’t an excuse for not eating one of these instead of a burger and fries. But just because something is labeled as a protein bar doesn’t mean it’s truly healthy.

A lot of the supplement companies are trying to make the best tasting protein bar, and in doing so they add in more sugars, fats, carbs and artificial flavors. These make them on par with unhealthy candy bars like Snickers and Milky Ways. Make sure you look for ones with a good amount of protein and low sugar, fat and carbs.” – Chad Gaynier of Clarity Clinic

3. Prepped High Protein Meal

“You need to have real food in your diet, and a lot of people try to get by on protein bars and protein shakes, but you need real protein sources, veggies, greens and healthy carbs. You can make sure you get this if you take the time to make meals in advance. Cooking the night before isn’t always possible, so carve out some time and make meals for 7-10 days at a time and freeze them.

Something like grilled chicken breast, green veggies and brown rice can be prepped and frozen easily, and you simply grab one and throw it in your bag each day as you leave the house. It couldn’t be any easier. It’s a great way to help get into a healthy routine.” – Tad Thomas, Managing Partner of Thomas Law Offices

4. Sugar Free Jell-O

“There are two reasons I keep sugar free Jell-O cups around while working. If I am starving and need to eat something I will have one and it will hold me over, and it’s only 10 calories. No sugar. No fat. It’s a great snack that will crave not only hunger, but also any sugar or candy craving you might have.

If you are used to eating junk food these are great to use as a way to limit or reduce the junk food you consume. Sugar is addictive, so you may not always be able to eliminate it entirely right away. This is a great alternative that can help you ease off the junk food choices.” – Chris Moberg, President of Slumber Search

5. Protein Shake

“Protein shakes can be a great meal replacement option that is also very convenient. It takes a few seconds to make one and you can drink them on the go or at your desk even. The trick is to find one that is healthy and has very limited sugars, fat and carb counts. The unhealthy ones defeat the purpose.

If you get sick of drinking shakes switch it up by mixed with almond milk instead of water, or make protein pancakes or protein muffins with it. You can get creative to keep it interesting. The same thing over and over becomes stale and you are more apt to cheat. Also, make sure to switch between several flavors. Drinking a vanilla shake every day will drive you crazy.” – Ignacio Soria, CEO of Cann & Co.

6. Green Smoothie

“One of the largest deficiencies when it comes to nutrients is greens. Most people simply don’t eat enough veggies to take in the most beneficial amount. While supplements are a good alternative, nothing replaces the actual food source. It’s not always possible or convenient to eat all of the veggies you would need to consume daily, so a smoothie is a great option.

Having a green smoothie in the morning for breakfast or after the gym is a great way to get them all in and kick start your healthy eating for the day. You can either cut up your own veggies and juice them or buy smoothie packages you just add water and ice to.” – Hyung Park, President of Abraham Lincoln University

7. Mixed Nuts

“Some people shy away from nuts as a snack because they see that they have a high fat content, but it’s important to know that nuts like almonds, for example, contain healthy fat. You have to incorporate some fat into your diet, and this is a great way.

They are a good snack that will keep you occupied for a bit eating them and will curb hunger. Go for ones that do not have extra seasoning or salt. You want to avoid all of the extra sodium. That will just make you retain more water and make you look and feel bloated.” – Christopher Kerr, VP Marketing at Earnhardt Lexus

8. Greek Yogurt

“There was a major Greek yogurt craze a while ago and that led to several new companies launching and most of the major traditional yogurt companies creating lines of the healthier options. Now, there are many that have zero fat and zero sugars.

There are more options than just the standard ‘Plain’ that was once all that was available, and they are a good substitute especially if you are someone that likes ice cream. You can almost trick yourself into thinking it’s more of a treat than it really is.” – Pat Skinner of AnswerFirst

9. Kale Chips

“Chips are a favorite snack among many people. They are convenient and they are a good addition. The trouble is that they add a lot more than you want, including cars, fat and other unhealthy ingredients. Kale chips might not sound appealing, but they actually don’t taste as bad as they sound.

Kale is very healthy, and you will find that most Kale chips are baked so there is no added oil. They have the ‘crisp’ that makes them have the texture and feel of a chip, but minus all of the bad stuff. You can get individual bags and keep them at your desk for emergency snack situations.” – Christopher Dziak, CEO of Pure Nootropics

10. Cucumber Slices

“Cucumbers are made up of a lot of water, making them very refreshing. Not only are they very low on calories, but they are low in sugar and carbs, have almost no fat and their calories are low. There are a lot of health benefits, and if you slice or cube them up it makes a nice crunchy snack.

You can also team them up with lunch or dinner to give you a side, rather than reaching for chips or fries, or another carb heavy option. Avoid dips, because that cancels out the benefits. If you can’t eat them plain for some reason try hitting them with a very small amount of Himalayan pink salt.” – Michael Herron, Law Offices of Michael R. Herron