16 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

16 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

There are hundreds if not thousands of advice on how to have a healthy diet.  And in most cases, these pieces of advice would contradict each another.

But why?

You should know that each person responds differently to a certain diet. What works for you might not work for your friend and vice versa.

Some of the tips provided below might contradict one another because you were not meant to do all of them. You just have to find out what works for you.

Here are 26 ways of eating healthily. Try them out and check which one works for you.

  1. Fast for an 8 hour period

When our body is in a fasting state it tends to burn fat quickly. Or to be more precise, after not eating for at least 8 hours our bodies enter a fat burning state called ketosis. Our bodies burn stored fats to sustain itself. So if you’re looking to burn some fat, then you better try this diet out.

  1. Eat whole foods

Unprocessed food will give you the most benefits. Processing foods will take out their natural nutrients leaving you with an edible but less nutritious meal. Also processed foods may contain preservatives which aren’t really good for your health.  So try eating some freshly grown carrots or some fresh fruits.

  1. Try the Mediterranean diet

Do what the Greeks do. Eat a meal with fish, fresh vegetables, and a glass of delicious wine.  Research shows that the Mediterranean diet can help lower the risk of heart disease.

  1. Look at the back of the product

Look at the back of the product, it contains all the ingredients used to make it.

A lot of “healthy” foods in the market may contain artificial preservatives. To avoid this look at the ingredients of the product to determine if it’s actually good for you or not.

  1. Eat slowly

Take it slow. Don’t chow down on your food like you’re in some kind of all you can eat buffet. Savor every meal by savoring every bite.  Research shows that eating slowly can trick your brain that your stomach is full. This means you’ll be eating fewer calories and still feel full.

  1. Eat some crunchy foods

And by crunchy foods, we don’t mean chocolate bars and candies. No, we’re talking about celery, peas, peanuts, and apples.  These foods take a long time to eat and they take a long time to digest. Which means you won’t go hungry and you won’t eat more calories that your body can’t handle.

  1. Don’t skip meals

Some people don’t have the discipline and the willpower to try diets that involve skipping meals.  If you aren’t disciplined or you have low self-control, then we don’t advise that you skip meals. You’ll only eat more food since you’ll be hungrier.

  1. Drink more water

If you aren’t drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water per day, then you better start now. Water doesn’t just help you rehydrate, it also helps keep your body going. Research even indicates that drinking the recommended glasses of water daily can help reduce the chances of getting fat and being overweight.

  1. Always have fruits nearby

The easiest way to break your healthy diet is by having nothing healthy to eat. If you get hungry at home and you’re too lazy to buy some fruits at the supermarket, then you’re probably going to buy some chocolate bars at the nearest convenience store. Having some fresh fruits nearby will allow you to faithfully follow your diet plan.

  1. Eat often

We tend to eat a lot if our body hasn’t eaten for a very long time. Research indicates that eating between meals can help reduce our appetites by allowing us to eat less food. Eating between 1 to 2 hours will help us digest food better and helps us absorb more nutrients in the long run.

  1. Have some cheat days

Eating some ice cream or some chocolate bars from time to time wouldn’t hurt.  If you’re not used to eating healthy then you might break down and go back to your potato chip eating ways. To avoid this, have some cheat days now and then.

  1. Eliminate temptation

This might sound like some phrase from the bible but the best way to eat healthily is by removing unhealthy foods in your fridge. Yes, say goodbye to those chocolate bars, alcohol, and soft drinks that you keep. If unhealthy foods are just within arm’s reach, then you will definitely be tempted to eat them. The best way to fight your desire for unhealthy foods is by removing them completely.

  1. Eat real fruits

Just because something has a picture of an orange in it doesn’t mean it actually contains real oranges! Real fruits aren’t as sweet nor as addictive as candy bars with fruit flavors. Real fruits contain natural fructose which is good for your body.

So don’t be fooled by products with pictures of fruit on their covers.

  1. Don’t even think about eating low-fat or diet foods

What’s the difference between a coke and a diet coke?

Answer. Not a lot because they’re both bad for you. Low-fat or diet foods often have less sugar, less fat, and less unhealthy than its counterparts. However, they’re still unhealthy.

If you’re going to drink coke, then you better drink the regular one because it’s tastier than the diet version of it. Both of them are still processed foods and they still contain artificial preservatives that are bad for your body.

  1. Make your own food

The best way to know if something is healthy or not is to make it yourself. Sure, fast food is easy and very delicious but you’ll end getting up fat and sickly if you keep on eating it.

When you make your own meals, you are making sure that you are eating exactly what you want to eat. So if you want to eat healthily, then cook for yourself.

  1. Create a meal plan

If you simply eat without a plan, then you’re doing it wrong. Planning your meals in advance will make sure that you eat better and save more money in the long run. And just like cooking your own meals, you are making sure that you are eating exactly what you want to eat.

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11 Best Restaurants in West Hollywood for Lunch

Best Restaurants in West Hollywood for Lunch

Where should you eat for lunch in West Hollywood? Here’s a list of the top places everyone is raving about.


West Hollywood might only measure 2 square miles big but it doesn’t mean that you’ll be stuck with just a handful of dining options when you’re in the area. In fact, this neighborhood is actually teeming with amazing restaurants. You can take a pick from long-running establishments to the hippest eateries that offer different kinds of cuisines.

Favored by celebrities and foodies alike, there are really lots of reasons why you should head to WeHo to grab a bite. And if you do, make sure to consider these places as they’re definitely well worth the calories.

1. Night + Market

Location: 9043 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Even the biggest foodies will agree that Chef Kris Yenbamroong’s Night+Market is possibly the best modern Thai restaurant around. So instead of making your way to Thai Town, you can just head here if you’re craving for some Southeast Asian fare.

As mentioned above, however, it’s important to note that this is a modern Thai eatery so expect that they offer different stuff from what you’ll get at Thai Town. Their fusion cuisine is exceptionally good with drinks, though. So if you’re up for an evening of good food and drinks, this can be a great destination.

What to Eat

  • Pork Toro
  • Moo Sadoong
  • Crab Fried Rice
  • Fried Pig Tails
  • Spicy Duck Rolls
  • Golden Triangles

2. Rosaline

Location: 8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Hailed as the best brunch spot in WeHo, Rosaline is out to tickle your taste buds with its modern take on Peruvian cuisine. As this place is considered as the wildly successful comeback of chef Ricardo Zarate into the LA dining scene, you can certainly get your hopes up when planning your visit.

What to Eat

  • Salchipapa
  • Traditional brunch items
  • Ceviche Crocante
  • Chaufa Paella
  • Cocktails

3. Sushi Park 

Location: 8539 Sunset Blvd #20, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Strip-mall sushi is one of the best things L.A. can offer as it certainly has a lot of great ones around town. However, Sushi Park is deemed as the best of the best by normies and celebs alike. It also means serious business despite its location and it won’t hesitate to let you know that.

Right at the door, Sushi Park says that there is no trendy sushi in this joint. So prepare for some serious sushi sampling here. Just be ready if you’re thinking of trying the omakase menu as it comes with a pretty steep price tag. If you’re lucky, however, it might just come with a celebrity spotting since this joint is also a top pick by the rich and famous.

What to Eat

  • Red Snapper, Halibut sushi
  • Sea Bass sushi
  • Baked Abalone with Shitake Mushrooms
  • Blue Fin Tuna

4. Aburiya Raku 

Location: 521 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

If you fell in love with Vegas’ Aburiya Raku just like tons of other chefs and industry experts, then you don’t have to go far just to have your fill. This WeHo location of the well-loved izakaya is just as tasty as its original location. It offers the same flavors and food, so if you can’t go back to Vegas anytime soon, this will still give you a great fill.

What to Eat

  • Kobe Beef with Wasabi
  • Asparagus with Bacon
  • Foie Gras Bowl
  • Blue Fin Tuna

5. Guisados 

Location: 8935 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Mexican dishes already feels native to Los Angeles but there are still quite a number of places that stand out for their delicious offerings. Guisados is one of them that it grew from a small casual dining joint to a full-on chain with locations all around the city. This WeHo spot is one of them and is still a great destination to go to if you’re after some good tacos.

What to Eat

  • Bistek en Salsa Roja – Flank steak simmered with red bell peppers and tomatoes. Served with chile de arbol and avocado above black beans.
  • Mole Poblano – Shredded chicken breast in a nutty Poblano style Mole. Served with sour cream, queso fresco, red onion and dried chile.
  • Chicharron – Pork rinds simmered in chile verde. Served with green serrano chile, atop black beans.
  • Calabacitas – Squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, and onions. Served with queso fresco and a mild chipotle sour cream.
  • Camarones – Fajita-style shrimp, onions and bell peppers served with a mild chipotle sour cream.

6. Lucques

Location: 8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Lucques is one of the long-running dining establishments in WeHo that some folks already consider them as institutions in the area. They have just celebrated their 20 years but their Californian Mediterranean French offerings continue to wow and impress diners. They’re deemed as the best prix-fixe eatery in the area, so if you want to dine out on a budget, they can be a great place to call for a reservation.

What to Eat

  • Roasted kabocha squash with freekeh, chickpeas, charmoula and pomegranate
  • Spanish grilled cheese with mahon, chorizo, and caramelized shallots
  • Grilled chicken paillard with fava bean toast, marsala, green olives, and golden raisins
  • Falafel burger with cucumber, carrots, jalapeño and crème fraîche on a whole wheat bun

Note: Their menu changes regularly but you can be sure to find great options all the time.

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7. Dan Tana’s 

Location: 9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

When it comes to industry classics in WeHo, Dan Tana’s would be hard to beat. This place has been around since 1964 and it’s safe to say that it remained faithful to its roots. You can tell with its nostalgic atmosphere that it’s one of those places that locals go to because they practically grew up there.

To be fair, however, the food is also very good. It’s also a celebrity favorite but if you’re hoping to rub elbows with the rich and famous, you might want to try hard as booking a table here can be a challenge.

What to Eat

  • Spaghetti, Carbonara
  • Homemade Lasagna
  • Ravioli, with Meat Sauce
  • Ravioli, Spinach with Cheese
  • Eggplant, Romana Parmigiana
  • Linguini, Pescatore, Mike Gotovac

8. Irv’s Burgers 

Location: 7998 Santa Monica Blvd unit c, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Another West Hollywood staple is Irv’s Burgers. They’ve been around since the ‘50s and has fought hard to survive until today. One of its biggest charms is that it managed to retain its classic flavor through the years despite changing ownership. It’s also where you’ll find some of the best deals in town since the food is very affordable here.

What to Eat

  • All of the burgers

9. Jones

Location: 7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Also known as Jones Hollywood, this place is best known and loved for its quite cool. It’s often described to have a “rock-and-roll sensibility” and a “genuine Hollywood” vibe, so if you’re after such, you should definitely drop by.

The food is also great here which makes it extra special since its open until late. Anything will satiate the hunger of someone tired from partying but it deserves all the praise it has been getting because the grub is good.

What to Eat

  • Braised Short Rib, with brussels sprouts slaw
  • Caprese Panini burrata, with oven-roasted tomato, basil, olive oil
  • Jones Burger, classic style
  • Spicy Sausage pizza with onion, mozzarella, and San Marzano tomato sauce (yum!)

10. Eveleigh 

Location: 8752 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Eveleigh might be located in a tourist spot but it doesn’t mean that you should shy away from it entirely. Besides, they have a magnificent space that will let you enjoy a unique taste of West Hollywood dining and a large menu that has something for everyone.

What to Eat

  • Duck Confit with Lentils
  • Jidori Chicken
  • Pinzimonio
  • Pappardelle with Pork Ragu
  • Hanger Steak with Romesco Sauce

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11. Cecconi’s 

Location: 8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

There are tons of great places to spend happy hour in WeHo but Cecconi’s tend to outshine them all with its amazing Cicchetti or Italian tapas. While it is a classic Italian spot, it mainly offers Northern Italian cuisine so it can be a bit different from the other pizza and pasta places on this list.

What to Eat

  • Pasta
    • Garganelli Bolognese
    • Cavatelli, lamb ragù, artichoke”
  • Pizza
    • Beyond ‘sausage’ pizza, tomato, mushroom
    • Porchetta, artichoke, olives, mushroom, fontina
  • Salad
    • Tuscan kale, almond, apple, Parmigiano, seeds
    • Red quinoa, avocado, artichokes, chia seeds

Also, check out these 9 Best Restaurants To Eat In Marina Del Rey

 

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13 Best Restaurants in Manhattan Beach For Lunch

13 Best Restaurants in Manhattan Beach For Lunch

Meta description: Here are a few great restaurants that will convince you to drive out more often to Manhattan Beach.

Want to fill your tummy with some great food while getting some vitamin sea? Manhattan Beach would be an excellent destination for you, then. Not only is this L.A. destination a great spot to take a dip in the water but it’s also a foodie magnet. Home to some of the best restaurants in the city, you won’t regret driving down the coast for what this neighborhood can offer.

What exactly are the dining options that it can offer? Here are 13 great places that you should try on your next visit:

1. Fishing with Dynamite

Every roundup of the best restaurants in Manhattan Beach will include FWD for its spectacular seafood dishes. Some foodies even consider it as one of the best places in all of L.A., so you definitely have to give this place a go when you’re in the neighborhood.

Location: 1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Oyster Sampler Platter
  • Grilled Octopus
  • Fish And Chips
  • Koshihikari Rice with Blue Crab
  • Yellowfin Tuna Crudo
  • Key Lime Pie

2. Little Sister

Offering a lively atmosphere and unique Asian cuisine, Little Sister is one of the most popular dining destinations in MB. Some say that it feels out of place in the neighborhood but to be fair, it might just really be because everything about this place stands out from the crowd.

Location: 1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Shaky Shaky Beef
  • Beef Tartare
  • Gai Cuon
  • Pan Fried E-Fu Noodles
  • Imperial Rolls

3. Simmzy’s

While you might be able to spot a few locations of these Simmzy’s on your way to Manhattan Beach, there’s a very good reason why you should visit the one in this seaside neighborhood. Its beach-theme just seems to work best by the sea, for one. Its lively atmosphere is also great if you’re after some great time and food.

Location: 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Craft Beers
  • Blue Cheese Fries
  • Burgers
  • Grilled Corn

4. The Strand House

With the sweeping beach vistas that you can enjoy at the Strand House, it’s not surprising that some folks decide to dine there without knowing anything about the food. Luckily, just like the view, the food here is good. These make it an excellent date spot but you can also go there for some after-work drinks or brunch since the place is just a great spot to relax and unwind.

Location: 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Stuffed French Toast
  • Hamachi Crudo
  • Chili-dusted Avocado
  • Black Truffle Risotto and Dayboat Scallops

5. Love & Salt

There are tons of Italian places in the area but Love & Salt is undoubtedly the best among the rest with its good food and cool setting. Helmed by Chef Michel Fiorrelli, their pizzas are considered as their main attractions. With their light as air crust, they can certainly give you a whole new pizza experience.

Location: 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Corned Lamb Tongue Panini
  • Crispy Chicken Oysters
  • English Muffins
  • Duck Egg Pizza
  • Rabbit Porchetta
  • Trotolle

6. Manhattan Beach Post

A lot of experts believe that the opening of the MB Post ushered in the casual dining wave that made the neighborhood a great place to eat at. Before them, there weren’t a lot of good casual dining options in the area. While this isn’t necessarily the case anymore, the Manhattan Beach Post is still a great place to grab a bite at if you want to ensure that you’ll eat good food.

Location:  1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Bacon Cheddar Biscuits
  • Truffle Honey Laced Fried Chicken
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • General Tso’s Sweetbreads
  • Scallops
  • BBQ Moroccan Lamb Belly

7. FishBar

FishBar takes the themed sports bar concept to the next level with its unique and sophisticated, seafood-packed menu. So don’t be put off by their nautical kitsch decor and themed days because this spot is definitely well worth its salt.

Location:  3801 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Mesquite-grilled Scallop Skewers
  • Fishbar Fish Tacos
  • Handmade cocktails
  • Spinach And Shrimp Salad
  • Fish And Chips
  • Lobster Mac & Cheese
  • Fishbar Brew

8. SunLife Organics

Fresh fruit juices are practically a must if you’re spending time by the beach. This is why SunLife Organics fits in so well in Manhattan Beach. But aside from its tasty beverages, you can also grab a healthy bite here.

Location:  451 Manhattan Beach Blvd #124, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Protein shakes
  • Bowls

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9. JUTE Coastal Bar + Kitchen

Perfectly complimenting the ultra sleek Westdrift hotel, the JUTE Coastal Bar + Kitchen is certainly another great place for some drinks and bites. They have a bi-coastal motif going on, so everything feels quite cosmopolitan. Both the food and space are impressive, so you should certainly consider dropping by.

Location:  1400 Parkview Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Wagyu Beef Cheeks
  • Lamb Sliders
  • Kimchee Ravioli
  • Caviar-Topped Avocado Toast
  • Cocktails

10. Nick’s

Despite being located in a high-end mall, Nick’s is definitely a few leagues beyond your regular mall restaurant. Sure, it’s a part of a chainlet but its upscale setting, posh interiors, and stellar menu items will convince you that it’s worth a second look.

Location:  451 Manhattan Beach Blvd D, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Filet and Lobster Benedict
  • El Jefe Breakfast Burrito
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  • Chilean Sea Bass
  • Sweet Slaw

11. The Arthur J

This sleek steakhouse is one of the more ‘traditional’ offerings of Manhattan Beach. The Arthur J‘s retro vibe and the fact that it’s a steakhouse makes it appear tamer than the fusion and modern cuisines its neighbors offer. But don’t think that it’s a basic food destination because it’s not. Its wide range of meats will surely offer you a whole new dining experience.

Location:  903 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Japanese Wagyu
  • Rib Eye Steak
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Vinegary Beef Fat Fries
  • Cake of the Month

12. The Kettle

Despite the general sleepiness of MB, you’ll still be able to eat great food around here during your late night outings. What makes The Kettle a very good post-party food destination is its massive menu. You can even customize their dishes as you wish, letting you get your very own comfort food without having to cook it yourself.

Location:  1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Crispy Breakfast Potato Nachos
  • Crab Cake Po’ Boy Sandwich
  • Spicy Chicken Parmesan
  • Homemade Muffins

13. North End Caffe

Not in the mood for the sleek and modern places around MB? Then head to the North End Caffe. This homey diner offers a wide selection of stellar sandwiches so it can be as laid back as you’d want it to be. They also have a lot of tasty salad options if you’re in the mood for something healthy.

Location:  3421 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

What to order:

  • Hermana
  • Guapo
  • Huevos Divorciados
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9 Best Restaurants To Eat in Marina Del Rey for Lunch

9 Best Restaurants To Eat In Marina Del Rey

Despite this neighborhood’s really small size, there are still tons of great food options around. Discover some of our top picks here.

For some people, Marina del Rey is a magnificent food destination. With the enclave sitting by the water and the number of restaurants in the area, it can certainly be a good place to hit if you’re after a nice dining experience.

Others, however, think that the area is too cheesy with bland dining options. They definitely have a reason to believe so but a number of good eateries found here can change your mind. It’s just a matter of finding the right diner to visit if you’ll ask us.

And since we’re already on this topic, we’re sharing with you some of our favorite dining destinations in the neighborhood:

Brennan’s

Location:  4089 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

In a culturally diverse city such as L.A., it can be quite a challenge to be considered unique. But Brennan’s continue to be considered as such over the years, mostly because of its legendary turtle races held every Thursday. Nowadays, though, it’s also becoming a great date spot, thanks to the upgrade it got after changing operators.

With the facelift came more space for various kinds of fun activities that can make a date more exciting and a menu update. They now offer a full bar run by the Simms Restaurant Group, so you can definitely opt to eat there, too.

What to order:

  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Pizza
  • Fried Chickpeas
  • Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich

Salt

Location: 13534 Bali Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Most folks visit Salt for its amazing views of the marina but its food is also drawing diners in. Put together, it’s a great place for celebrations or when out-of-towners come to visit.

What a lot of people don’t know about this place, however, is that it offers amazing happy hour deals. It runs from 4 to 6 PM during the weekdays and will let you enjoy very affordable apps and drinks and get the best seats in the house.

What to order:

  • Maine Lobster Pasta
  • Fish and Chips
  • Fried Alaskan Cod Tacos
  • Fried Chicken Bucket

Morfia’s Ribs And Pies

Location: 4077 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Morfia’s Ribs and Pies is one of those places that are easy to miss since its pretty small and sits in between a bar and a carwash. However, you should still keep your eyes peeled for it, especially if you’re craving for some Texas BBQ because they offer authentic ones. People rave about their juicy sauce-drenched ribs and generous servings.

Unfortunately, the place is small with only 5 tables. You can grab them to go, though, so you can always just enjoy them at home.

What to order:

  • Texas Brisket
  • Baklava Cheesecake
  • Peach Cobbler Pie

Mendocino Farms

Location: 4724 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Mendocino Farms may have other locations around L.A. but their MDR outpost is still worth mentioning for obvious reasons. If you haven’t tried this place yet, you should correct that right away, especially if you love amazing sandwiches.

Just like all the other Mendo’s around the city, their food is fresh, generous, and flavorful. As they’re also very convenient to eat, they’re also perfect for picnics by the marina. Just remember to order online in advance so you can skip the long lines in the store.

What to order:

  • A Study of Heat
  • Kurobuta Pork Banh Mi
  • Chef’s Picks
  • Secret Menu items

C&O Trattoria

Location: 31 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Deemed as an institution in the area, the C&O Trattoria continue to draw in people for its generosity and beautiful location. It sits near the water so it’s a must to grab a table outside and they have enormous servings that are already great for sharing. On top of these, they’ll also give you unlimited Garlic Knots which can already be filling in itself.

Aside from the food, the place itself is always lively. There are nightly sing-a-longs, so if you love to dine in restaurants with boisterous atmospheres, this place would be a great choice for you.

What to order:

  • Penne Arrabiata
  • Fettucine Sun-Dried Tomato
  • Linguini Mare
  • Shrimp Ravioli

Irori Sushi

Location: 4371 Glencoe Ave B4, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

A go-to date spot in MDR, Irori Sushi has this rule that you have to remove your shoes at the door. It can be quite weird because it’s one of those well-loved strip mall sushi places, but since the food is good, taking off your footwear is just a tiny setback.

In exchange, you’ll get to enjoy really fresh fish prepared in many different ways. They have a creative range of sashimis and sushi, so you’re in for a unique dining experience when you visit.

What to order:

  • Toro Trio
  • Chef Special Rolls
  • Urchin
  • Salmon Blue Crab

Settebello

Location: 13455 Maxella Ave #250, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Settebello might be another casual chain that you can find elsewhere but it doesn’t mean that the one in MDR doesn’t deserve to be appreciated. Besides, they still offer the same amazing pizzas, so there’s really no reason to give it the snub.

The most special thing about this joint is that they have some of the most legit Neapolitan pizzas around. The flour used in their pizza dough and the other ingredients they use are imported from Italy to really achieve their food’s authenticity. This results to a unique mouthfeel for their pies that, when combined with their tasty recipes, can really have you coming back for more.

What to order:

  • Margherita DOC pie
  • Settebello
  • Specials

Cafe del Rey

Location: 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

To be very honest, a lot of people come to Cafe del Rey for its views. It sits right on the marina so you’ll get to watch the yachts parked outside. The place itself is pretty upscale so expect to see corporate types.

The Wednesday bottomless brunch offers a great reason to visit, though. Not only is it reasonably priced but the menu is quite spectacular, too.

What to order:

  • Kobe Burger
  • Cured Salmon Toast

Tender Greens

Location: 13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Considered as the pioneers of the build-your-own-salad movement, Tender Greens is now a chain restaurant with new locations around L.A. This isn’t a bad thing, though, especially since this place has seen lines that go around blocks during its early days. The atmosphere now is more relaxed so you can better enjoy your healthy meal in peace.

What to order:

  • Tuna Nicoise
  • Endless Summer Bowl
  • Your own customized plate
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Top 4 Reasons to Order Room Service Breakfast When on Business Trips

Top 4 Reasons to Order Room Service Breakfast When on Business Trips

So you’re on a business trip. You’ve done that quite a bit, have you? If that’s the case, then you must have some sort of routine that you do when you’re in a hotel. Part of that routine is that when you’re having breakfast, you just need to order room service for it. While a room service breakfast may seem overly luxurious and indolent, there are actually very good reasons for such a move:

1.   It Works as an Extremely Effective Alarm Clock

Sure, we all have alarm clocks with our indispensable smartphones these days. But there’s always a reason to dawdle and delay in your foggy little brain in the morning, which is why the snooze button is evil.

But when you’ve scheduled breakfast to arrive at 7:30 AM on the dot, you can’t just press the snooze button and take a few more minutes of zzzs. The reason is simple. Very few people—men as well as women—have enough chutzpah to actually deal with room service delivery without being decently dressed. Lots of men really don’t want to get their breakfast in their ratty boxer shorts, while quite a few women would prefer to have at least brushed their hair.

Since your breakfast arrives at 7:30 AM, you have to wake up beforehand with enough time to get a shower and to look somewhat more presentable. It forces you to wake up and you’re able to start your morning without being rushed.

2.   You’re Actually Able to Eat Breakfast

If you don’t order room service breakfast, there’s a very good chance that you may just skip this important meal. That’s because you didn’t wake up at the right time, or you don’t want to bother finding a place that serves breakfast.

But now you have food and coffee, and you get to eat after more than 8 hours of not eating overnight. You get the fuel you need for your morning activities.

3.   You Can Avoid People If You’re Not a Morning Person

Lots of us aren’t at our best behavior in the morning. So when you head on out the door looking for a breakfast deli, you run the risk of offending people with your surly morning demeanor. These may be other people in the conference you’re attending or the members of your own team, and you may alienate them.

You can try to act nicely, but it can be frustrating. That’s especially true when they insist on coming with you to find breakfast when you’d rather be alone. Then they may even sit with you at the breakfast table and try to chat while you just want to eat, have coffee and read the newspaper.

So order room service breakfast, and enjoy it in peace.

4.   You Can Even Get Some Early Work Done

No one’s stopping you from checking on with your work through your laptop when you’re in your own hotel room. You don’t have to worry about people looking over your shoulder either.

So go ahead and order room service breakfast. It doesn’t cost much, but the rewards are worth more than what you pay for it!

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How To Choose High Energy Food That Fuel Your Body For Peak Performance

How To Choose High Energy Food That Fuel Your Body For Peak Performance

You need food and hydration to fuel your body and achieve peak performance when doing outdoor activities like cycling, running, hiking, and swimming.

The best way to fuel your body would be to consume energy foods and energy drinks. These have numerous advantages: easy digestibility, a long shelf life, and they are also easy to bring.

Here are the things that you need to look for in an energy food or drink

  • Exact time to take energy foods and drinks: Be careful, as there are certain items which are designed to be consumed before, after or during the activity itself. Make sure you read the label correctly before buying.
  • Nutrition: When choosing the food and drink of your choice. You need to look at its nutritional contents. Look at the back of the product. Make sure you choose an item that has low fats, low carbs, and high protein.
  • Features of energy food and drink: There are various options like non-GMO foods, gluten-free foods, organic foods, etc.
  • Various Energy drinks and foods: You can choose from bites, jells, bars, chews, recovery drinks, and sports drinks.

The Various Types of Energy Foods and Drinks

  • Bars: Bars are high in carbohydrates and low in protein and fat. There are lots of bars to choose from and they come in all shapes and colors. It is recommended that you consume energy bars before or after endurance activities. The high-grade crabs in bars help replenish glycogen in muscles. And some energy bars can even be used as substitutes for real meals.
  • Foods and Drinks Taken during Workout: For sustained energy during exercise, it is good to introduce some protein and fat into your diet.
  • After Workout Foods and Drinks: These energy foods can help your body rebuild muscles and tissues. It is also recommended that you drink lots of water or lots of liquids after eating post workout foods.

When Should You Consume Energy Foods and Drinks?

REI reports that energy foods and drinks can fine-tune your nutrition intake. REI also reports that energy foods and drinks are engineered to enhance each stage of outdoor excursion or workout.

  • Before Activity: These energy foods and drinks provide an elevated and consistent energy level, they are formulated to give you the necessary energy and nutrients to perform in peak condition. These energy foods are made from a balanced mix of proteins, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. Additionally, they should be consumed minutes before the start of an exercise routine.
  • During Activity: These foods and drinks are designed for easy digestion and absorption. They are designed to give you energy while running, cycling, climbing, etc.
  • After Activity: These foods and drinks are fortified with amino acids, proteins and other muscle restoring elements. They are mostly used for recovery and they can also speed up muscle growth and muscle synthesis. These foods usually have a lot of amino acids and a lot of protein.

Some Notable Features of Energy Drinks that you should look out for

  • Gluten Free: Found in some grains including rye, wheat, and barley these products are a mixture of protein and they contain zero gluten.
  • Vegetarian: These products might contain eggs, milk, and honey. Just like the name implies, products with these labels don’t have meat in them.
  • Vegan: This is similar to the label above but this time it has zero animal products in it. That means no eggs and no milk. It’s 100% animal free.
  • Organic: Organic foods aren’t 100% organic though. The law states that at least 70 percent of its ingredients must be organic for it to be labeled as organic. So “organic” products might contain artificial ingredients.
  • Non-GMO: These products don’t contain any GMO foods. It also means that you’re taking in unaltered and all-natural ingredients as well.
  • Energy Bites and Chews: They provide the same function as an energy gel. It is recommended that you take a few sips of water after chewing down bites and chews. You might suffer from indigestion if you fail to follow this advice.
  • Energy Gels: Small and portable energy packs that you can use to refuel and rehydrate.
  • Drink Mixes: A concentrated mix of energy. Be careful, it is essential that you limit your intake to 60 grams per hour. Too much intake may lead to stomach problems.

Some miscellaneous facts on energy foods and drinks

Understanding the basics of nutrition is beneficial for your long-lasting health. Consider the following.

  • Carbohydrates: 60 grams of carbohydrates per hour is the ideal intake. Eating and drinking more than this may upset your stomach.
  • Calories: 200 to 300 calories per hour is considered as a good ballpark figure. Luckily for you, most gels, bites, energy bars, and drinks have this standard.
  • Fat: Relatively, energy foods are low in fats. However, some meal replacement bars designed for endurance athletes might contain more fat than needed.
  • Protein: This is one of the key components for muscle building. It is essential for rebuilding tissues.
  • Potassium: Considered to be one of the main components of electrolytes. Ingredients like potassium citrate are essential for metabolizing carbohydrates which ultimately leads to the proper functioning of muscles. Potassium also keeps you hydrated
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Overall, energy bars have the highest number of minerals and vitamins which your body naturally burns through exercise and activity.
  • Sodium: Just like potassium, sodium is essential in metabolizing carbohydrates for the proper functioning of muscles. It also keeps you hydrated.
  • Sweeteners: Some performance beverages, chews and gels like Stevia, honey, agave. Do not use sugar as a calorie sweetener. Natural sweeteners are ok, but sugar and other artificial sweeteners may damage your health in the long run.
  • Amino Acid Blends: It’s basically a blend of proteins. Proteins like valine, leucine, and isoleucine are added to gels which are further broken down by the body after consumption.
  • Caffeine: It gives you an energy boost. Caffeine is present in most energy bars, chews, jells, and drinks. In fact, it’s rare to find energy with that doesn’t have caffeine.

Here are 16 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

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