By Mollie Colon and Cassie Hitchcock
Photography by Dominique Clay-Brown
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear healthy cooking?
A lot of people seem to think that it is complicated and time-consuming or that you have to shop at a health food store. Many people also think healthy food is either bland or tasteless. But healthy cooking can be quick and delicious. All it takes is smart shopping at your favorite grocery store, a few simple tips, and some of our tasty tricks!
Start With the Simple Stuff
Try not to fry. Each tablespoon of oil you use when frying adds 14 grams of fat and 100 calories. Try to bake, broil, or grill your food whenever possible.
Get complex; complex carbohydrates that is. Simple carbohydrates like white bread or rice may offer quick energy but have little or no other nutritional value. Multigrain rice and whole wheat or oat bread are much healthier choices. No yolks. When your recipe calls for eggs use just the whites. Substitute 2 egg whites for each yolk.
And, if dairy products are required, try low-fat or fat-free versions of milk, yogurt, and cheese.
Become an informed consumer. Don’t always trust what you see on the front of a product. Things may say reduced fat or light but you need to read all the nutritional facts on the back of the label to get the whole story. Stay away from trans and saturated fats as they clog the arteries and raise bad cholesterol. You also want to buy foods with little or no added salt. And it is always good to see how much protein, fiber, carbohydrates, and sugar a product has.
When choosing red meat or pork, pick loin or round cuts as they tend to have the least fat. When buying poultry, go for the lighter meat such as the breasts (darker meat has much more fat) and don’t forget to remove the skin.
Healthy Shortcuts and Tasty Tricks
Everyone knows that you should eat fruit and vegetables every day, but how many people actually get the right amount or even know what that is? Produce does not stay fresh very long and if you only shop once a week it is gone after a few days. Keep frozen fruits and vegetables on hand to use as needed. They will always be handy to throw in cereal or for a quick side dish for dinner.
Also in your freezer you can have pre-portioned individual servings of fish, chicken breasts, and even turkey burgers. Simply take out what you need before you leave in the morning and put it in the fridge.
The deli section has some great options for fast, healthy meals. You can buy a rotisserie chicken, pre-packaged salad, and steam some of those frozen veggies and dinner is done. The deli also has prepared meals ready to go….just heat and serve. But stay away from creamy and greasy entrees.
So don’t let the term “healthy” scare you out of the kitchen. It can be quick and simple and YOU CAN DO IT!
If you want to eat like a rock star visit one of these restaurants owned by famous
musicians. You might even get a surprise visit from one of the stars themselves!
by Sammy Hagar
Features the “I Can’t
Drive 55 Dollar 8 Pound
Nachos” and is located
in The Miracle Mile Shops
at Planet Hollywood.3667 Las Vegas Blvd S.
(702) 699-5525 or (702) 385-2226
The concept is based
around Jimmy’s lifestyle;
easygoing and laid
back. It is located in
the Flamingo Hotel and
features many seafood
items in addition to
cheeseburgers and nachos.
3555 Las Vegas Blvd S. (702) 773-3302
Located at Harrah’s,
this restaurant offers a
mechanical bull & stage
area, and is home of
the 100-ounce “Big Dog
3475 Las Vegas Blvd S. (702) 693-6111
Themed restaurants offer music, gifts and art to enhance the dining experience. By Joey Herkert and Nick Roque
A visit to the strip would not be complete without going to one of Las Vegas’amazing themed restaurants. We had the unique opportunity to tour 3 of the coolest themed restaurant venues around; House of Blues, the Rainforest Café, and Planet Hollywood. Each restaurant features their own unique foods, special features such as live music, memorabilia, and art. Originally started in cities on the east coast and midwest, you can now find them scattered our own casino resorts.
The Planet Hollywood Restaurant opened originally in New York City in 1991. Locally it can be found in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. PH offers an impressive collection of Hollywood memorabilia, including screen worn outfits and props from your favorite movies and television shows. You can even see the actual outfit that Fred Flintstone wore in the movie. We especially loved the statue of Rocky Balboa from Rocky IV, and felt the décor had tremendous Hollywood style. Blackened mahi-mahi, sizzling fajitas, and the LA Lasagna are some of the unique offerings on the menu. Planet Hollywood is open 9AM to 11PM Sunday through Thursday, and 9AM to midnight on weekends.
Imagine you are in the tropical rainforest experiencing thunderstorms, waterfalls, wild animals, and tropical fish. The Rainforest Café offers you such an escape. The first Rainforest Café opened in 1994 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. It is located locally in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. We thought that the Rainforest Café was awesome! The simulated thunderstorm was so realistic we felt like we were in a roaring, raging rainstorm. Unlike many of Las Vegas’ themed restaurants, the Rainforest Café was packed with families and had a huge gift shop filled with stuffed animals, books, and other goodies. The menu offers different types of food including an Extreme Volcano Sundae, the signature Rainforest Burger, tomato basil soup, and lava nachos. When someone orders the volcano sundae and yells VOLCANO!” The café is open 8AM to 11PM Sunday through Thursday, and 8AM to midnight on weekends.
House of Blues
The House of Blues is all about extraordinary live music! It began in 1992 in Cambridge, Massachusetts’ Harvard Square. It was founded by Blues Brother, Dan Aykroyd and a mix of other musical performers. The vibe made us feel like putting on or blues dress clothes and getting on stage to rock out! Get up close with your favorite bands in a smaller venue, and there is no shortage of great music. The menu features a large selection of southern-inspired regional cuisine. Dishes include Creole and Cajun staples such as jambalaya, rosemary cornbread, gumbo, gator pizza, and the Elwood blackened chicken sandwich. The House of Blues Foundation Room atop the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino also has a restaurant with perhaps the best view of the Las Vegas Strip! The House of Blues is open Sunday thru Thursday 7:30AM to Midnight, and 7:30AM to 1:00AM, Friday and Saturday.
Whether your passion is Hollywood celebrities, live music, or experiencing the sounds of the jungle, you can find it at a theme restaurant. We thought that all three restaurants were spectacular and unique in their own way. By choosing to visit these extraordinary restaurants, you get much more than just really good tasting food. You get entertainment, souvenirs, and photo opportunities worthy of posting on your Facebook page!Read More