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Bee's Wrap 101: How to Seal Your Sandwich

Bee's Wrap 101: How to Seal Your Sandwich

Everyone likes to eat homemade, fresh food. Though we all love fast food and junk food and it is widely available, however no one can eat it on an everyday basis. Junk food, even though it may be quite palatable, is not good for health and imbibes lot of calories that do no good to our body apart from making us fat and obese. When it comes to Indian traditional food, the number of cuisines will definitely overwhelm you. This is one of the reasons why lunch boxes are increasingly gaining popularity amongst the working individuals in India.

People have slowly started realizing the various harms caused by junk food and want to avoid it as much as they can. Junk food does not provide the body with essential nutrients and is also fattening. Also, some of the ingredients used can have harmful effect on the body’s digestive system. Hence, many working individuals in India now depend on lunch box providers or caterers to provide them with tasty and nutritious food.

For any catering service provider to succeed, it has to be punctual with the delivery schedules and also ensure they introduce new dishes and preparations to prevent the consumers from getting bored eating the same dish every day. Among the various Indian cuisines that are popular among lunch catering providers, Gujarati cuisine is in demand. The Gujarati community in India is famous for its sweet dishes apart from some other delectable main course dishes.

The best thing about Gujarati cuisine is that it is vegetarian. Thus, anyone and everyone can have it. Even when it comes to snacks, no cuisine in India comes as close to Gujarati snacks. They have an astonishing range of snacks that can delight everyone’s palate be it someone who is a South Indian or even a foreigner. Some of their popular snacks include Khandva, Dhokla and Jalebi which are devoured by one and all. Gujarati snacks are not just popular in India but they also enjoy the same popularity and demand in western countries as a major chunk of Gujarati community is based in Europe and America. These snacks are light on the stomach, crispy and taste good which is why they are so popular across the world.

Our Top Three Favorite Sandwich Recipes

Our Top Three Favorite Sandwich Recipes

If you're an adult, you might think that you've outgrown the sandwich. After all, didn't you take a peanut butter and jelly to school every day when you were a kid? Just because you're grown doesn't mean that you can't enjoy one of these healthy sandwich recipes whether you sit down for lunch at your desk or you eat with the kids.

Mozzarella, Tomato And Pesto On Whole Wheat Bread

So simple, yet so delicious. Slice some fresh mozzarella cheese (not the shredded kind in the bag -- this sandwich calls for only the best!) and top a slice of whole wheat bread with a thick and hearty piece of red, fresh tomato. If you're feeling ambitious, add some freshly made basil pesto, however, if you're in a time crunch a few fresh basil leaves are a delicious substitution. Drizzle on a little balsamic vinegar and top with another slice of whole wheat bread. It's hard to believe that something so yummy can be so simple!

Turkey, With A Twist

Turkey is a staple for healthy sandwich recipes. It's low in fat, high in protein and all around good for you. However, turkey can sometimes get a reputation for being a bit boring. Instead spice up your turkey. Choose one that's been seasoned with cracked black pepper, but don't stop there. Use a spread made out of sun dried tomatoes and garlic and herb cream cheese instead of a slice of cheddar. Add some baby spinach and you've got a tasty treat to get you through the rest of your day.

Mix Textures

What do soft, whole wheat bread, creamy hummus and crunchy bell peppers have in common? They all combine to create one of the most delicious healthy sandwich recipes. If you're feeling ambitious, you can make your own hummus fairly easily by combining roasted garlic (make sure to roast it, otherwise the garlic taste is overpowering), canned chickpeas, tahini and sesame oil in a food processor. However, if you're not up to making your own homemade hummus, it's easy to find in nearly any grocery store.

Healthy Egg Salad

Egg salad can be delicious, but mayonnaise isn't exactly a health food. Instead of mayo, smash up some avocados and stir it into some chopped hard boiled eggs. While avocados do have a high fat content, the fat is actually healthy for you, which means you can feel good about eating it! Don't forget to add vegetables like tomatoes and spinach to up the nutritional content even more.

There's no reason that sandwiches have to be boring! Instead, search for some gourmet healthy sandwich recipes that combine regular ingredients into interesting flavour combinations. These are only a few of the incredible possibilities so put on your chef's hat and start experimenting in the kitchen. You might be surprised at the end result!

Tips for Keeping Kids' Lunches Healthy and Fun

Tips for Keeping Kids' Lunches Healthy and Fun

As the beginning of the school year nears, parents once again face the challenge of preparing healthy lunches and snacks that their kids will actually eat. After all, you can send your child to school with a well-balanced lunch a home-ec teacher would be proud of, but if he trades his carrot sticks for a cupcake, all your efforts go down the drain.

What parents need are ways to make healthy food fun for kids to eat. And since September is not only back-to-school month, but also 5 a Day month (in honor of the FDA recommendation that everyone eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day), what better time to incorporate these foods into your family's diet. Every parent knows that some foods are more popular with kids than others. For example, most kids like bananas, but may not be so sure about papaya.

While you want your child to try new tastes, their lunch box probably isn't the place for that. Keeping kids taste buds in mind, here are some tips from the Produce Marketing Association for fun, healthy ways to help your kids get their 5 a Day.

For the lunch box:

Instead of PB&J for lunch, how about PB&B -- peanut butter and banana. This delicious combination is sure to be a hit with kids. Peanut butter can also be used to stuff celery, or try celery stuffed with low fat cheese.

Apples are easy to pack and eat -- simply toss one in the lunch box. Alternatively, pack a container of applesauce.

Capture your kids imagination (and their appetites) with unique and interesting fruits. For example, star fruit, with its astral shape, is fascinating to kids.

Kids might turn up their noses at raw carrot sticks served on their own, but a little ranch flavored dip can make all the difference. The dip is available in easy-to-pack single serving containers. Encourage your child to try dipping other vegetables such as celery, broccoli and cauliflower for variety.

Any of the ideas above can also work as a healthy after school snack, but you have a lot of other options as well. Kids love smoothies, especially when they get to pick the ingredients. All you need is some yogurt, your favorite fruit, some ice and a blender for a tasty snack that packs a nutritional punch.

Heres another recipe the kids will go for: Fruition Pizza. They'll get a kick out of the unconventional ingredients. Its so easy, the kids can practically put it together themselves. Fruiteroni Pizza 1 12-inch pre-baked thin pizza crust or 12-inch regular pizza crust 1/2 cup pasta sauce or pizza sauce 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella or jack cheese 1 large (or 2 small) fresh California peaches, thinly sliced 2 ounces sliced pepperoni diced green peppers (options) Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread pizza base with sauce. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with fruit slices and pepperoni, then sprinkle with green pepper. Bake on cookie sheet at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until sauce is bubbling and crust is browned. Cut into wedges.

And remember, its not just kids who need their 5 a Day. Mom and Dad should be setting a good example by eating their fruits and vegetables. A survey conducted by the American Dietetic Association found that parents have more potential to influence their children's eating habits than anyone else. These findings underscore the importance of a parents involvement in helping their children make good dietary choices, because children's eating behaviors are influenced by family-related factors such as the number of meals eaten together.