Could You Follow Mariah Carey’s Super Strict Diet?

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By Cooking Panda

Mariah Carey’s diet leaves much to be desired. The singer’s diet secret consists of two things: Norwegian salmon and capers.

First of all: yuck to the capers. Secondly, just salmon and capers? Obviously, Mariah Carey is beautiful, so something she’s doing is working, but I have a feeling she could be incorporating a lot more variety into her diet and looking just as good.

“It’s really hard. My diet, you would hate it,” she told E! News. Yes, I would most definitely hate it. Especially since I think capers taste too much like olives. The goal, she says is to “stick with the proteins.” I’m sorry, but if I were told I could only eat those two things every day or gain weight … I’d gain weight. It’s just not worth it.

Then again, what about all of her vitamins and other necessary nutrients? I can’t imagine this is a healthy diet. As much as we all want to hate sugar and carbs, they are still essential. Sure, salmon is high in healthy fats, protein and calories, but I also can’t imagine she’s meeting the minimum requirements she should be, either. Oh Mariah, you could be eating so much more!

What about fruits? Avocado? Tuna? I could go on and on with delicious and healthy foods that could be added in. Green beans are delicious and also carry carbohydrates. Honestly, it makes me sad to know that someone else’s diet is so restricted. I feel like I need to eat more to make up for it.

If you want to achieve Mariah’s great figure, then by all means try the diet. But, according to Women’s Health and their article on “10 Healthy-Eating Rules Almost All Nutritionists Agree On,” you can follow a healthy diet that allows fruit and oats for breakfast, plenty of veggies, lots of water and for you to eat when you’re hungry. You don’t even have to skip meals!

That is a much more tempting “diet” in my opinion — although it doesn’t look much like a diet at all. And I know Mariah is stunning, but I also believe that healthy is beautiful.

Sources: E! News, Women's Health / Photo Credit: E! News

Tags: Capers, Diet, Healthy Eating, Mariah Carey, Proteins, Salmon
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Chick-Fil-A Is Trying To Appeal To A Healthier Crowd With Their Grain Bowls

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Chick-fil-A is unveiling several new menu items aimed at healthier eating to be tested around the country.

The new meals are mostly breakfast items, consisting of quinoa, egg whites and fruit. The Harvest Kale & Grain Bowl, pictured above, features red and white quinoa, goat and feta cheese, farro, apples, butternut squash, dried cherries and nuts. Talk about a well-rounded meal!

According to Business Insider, Chick-fil-A is the first major fast food chain to test quinoa and farro in the United States. After some reported backlash from Chick-fil-A fans, the restaurant has stressed that it is not replacing any meal items with these new healthy dishes, but instead simply adding choices.

Matt Abercrombie, Chick-fil-A’s senior consultant of menu development, says “More people are eating breakfast away from home, and we want to meet the needs of our guests by providing breakfast options that span a variety of nutritional needs, tastes and ingredients.”

Menu items that will be tested in New York, New Jersey, San Diego, Columbia, South Carolina and Washington, DC are as follows: Hash Brown Scramble (either in a bowl or burrito), Egg White Grill Bowl, and Berry Protein Blend smoothie.

The grain bowls will be tested in San Francisco, Sacramento, Tampa and Huntsville, Alabama. If testing is successful in all of these cities, we can hope to see these new menu items expanded to all areas of the U.S! If one of the cities listed above happens to be nearby, definitely go and check it out.

If you’re curious about nutritional information and putting together meal plans based on your macros, Chick-fil-A offers even more assistance. On their website, they feature a page for lighter meal plans, where calories, carbs and fats are broken down in the overall calorie count.

As the website states, “Whether you are looking to lower your caloric intake, eat fewer carbohydrates or reduce fat in your diet, we have options throughout our menu to help with your goals.” Definitely a step up for fast food!

Sources: Business Insider, Chick-fil-A / Photo credit: Chick-fil-A via Business Insider

Tags: breakfast, Chick-fil-A, Healthy Eating
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