Great Subs @ SUBMARINA - Hemet
by Stacie Tropf

Finding a low fat chicken sandwich at a fast-food restaurant can be a tricky task. One of the worst things about being on a diet is trying to figure out what to eat when you dine out. Most of us are frequenting fast food restaurants a few times per week. Fast food is cheap and quick, but it can be quite hazardous to your health and weight loss efforts.

Chicken sandwiches are the second most frequently purchased items at fast-food spots Chicken is lower in fat and cholesterol than beef and many people just blindly go for chicken, thinking it's the best option.

Truth be told, it can be your best option if you choose wisely. Here's the rundown on some popular fast-food chicken sandwiches.

Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich has a nice low 270 calories and 3.5 grams of fat, making it top the charts.

Quiznos small Honey Bourbon Chicken on Wheat is the next best chicken sandwich selection that I have found, with 310 calories and just 4 grams of fat.

Wendy's Ultimate Chicken Grill is a close third, with 350 calories and 7 grams of fat. Lose the bun and devour with a knife and fork for jst 160 calories and 5 grams of fat.

Carl's Jr also offers a lighter chicken choice as well as a more indulgent fare.

Their Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich contains 360 calories and just 4.5 grams of fat, while their Charbroiled Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich has 610 calories and 32 grams of fat. They crammed in the extra calories and fat by applying a southwest sauce and a slice of cheese.

Blimpie's Grilled Chicken Sub contains 456 calories and 10 grams of fat.

Long John Silvers Chicken sandwich has 360 calories but tops out at 15 grams of fat.

Sonic's Chicken Club Toaster Sandwich has 690 calories, with 35 grans of fat. Ouch! On the other hand, they offer a Grilled Chicken on Ciabatta for 375 calories and 9 grams of fat, as well as a Grilled Chicken Wrap for 380 calories and 11 grams of fat.

Quiznos small Honey Mustard Chicken Sub has 550 calories and 30 grams of fat.

McDonald's Premium Grilled Chicken Club has 570 calories and 21 grams of fat.

Hardee's Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich has 415 calories and 5 grams of fat. On the flip side, they offer a Big Chicken Filet Sandwich with 770 calories and 36 grams of fat.

Moving on up, Dunkin' Donuts Chipotle Chicken 620 calories and 26 grams of fat.

Then there's the grandaddy of all things sinful in a chicken sandwich: Jack in the Box - Chipotle Chicken Ciabatta - 1140 calories and 51 grams of fat!

If you're not wise enough to write these down or find yourself in another restaurant, just follow these guidelines to keep your chicken sandwich low fat and healthy.

Stick to grilled, not fried. Substitute mustard or barbecue sauce for mayo. Stay away from or remove extra flavors, like bacon or ham. It's very easy to re-make your chicken sandwich so it is still tasty, but doesn't sabotage your weight loss efforts.

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Michelle Enyeart, Hemet HS class of 2006, has been drafted by the LA Sol football (soccer) club.

I am happy to see that "Shelly," I've known her since she was five when she accompanied her mom Cheryl, who played volleyball at Valley-Wide, has become a star professional athlete.

Michelle spent her college soccer career at the University of Portland where she scored 48 goals and racked up 40 assists.

She will join Marta, Shannon Boxx and other top notch athletes on the LA Sol soccer team.

I'm certain "Shelly" will be a very valuable asset on LA Sol.  Hope to see Michelle in the next Olympic Games.

Congratulations Michelle!

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Michelle Enyeart Goal  
USD @ Portland

I am always curious about how things started.  I haven't talked about the LA Lakers for a while now, so when I came upon "Lucky Lakers" it piqued my curiosity.

Are the "Lucky Lakers" our LA Lakers?  It appears that they are.  As discussed in a previous post the LA Lakers started their history not in Los Angeles but elsewhere.

They got their nickname "Lucky Lakers" not from a lucky shot in a game but from an airplane mishap while returning home from a game.

The Minneapolis Lakers, yes Minneapolis - they played in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 13 years before moving to LA - were flying back from St. Louis after a game against the Hawks (who remembers the St. Louis Hawks? if you do shoot me a comment).

A quick Lakers history: 

                               Detroit Gems             1946 
                               Minneapolis Lakers        1947-1960,
                               LA Lakers                      1960- present.

On January 18, 1960 while flying home both generators on the Lakers DC-3 airplane failed shortly after take-off knocking out all lights, the radio and internal cabin power.

The pilots first thought they could fly home by "eyeball navigation," unfortunately the ice became too heavy and they were forced to land in a snowy field near the town of Carroll, Iowa around 70 miles from Des Moines.

The plane's two pilots and 23 Lakers' passengers survived the landing, being met on the ground by two vehicles, the local ambulance annnnnnnnd the undertaker's vehicle!

"Lucky Lakers!" I say.
By Nishanth and Neelima Reddy

Savor the strange taste of heaven

Tasty food, fantastic and easy recipes, spices, salads, puddings, if these are the words that revolve around your head most of the times then congratulations, you very much happily suffer from food craze which is not at all bad. One of the significant symptoms of this disease is a constant urge to look out for unusual and strange recipes that you can make to impress yourself and the crowd around you. If you have this symptom then you do not have to search and look out for more because here is the list of top 10 most unusual and strange recipes around the world.

1. The Wild Green sauce

Wilderness must have appealed to you a lot of times. You might have been engrossed a lot of times in its wild beauty. However, this wilderness will now appeal your savory tongue with this awesome recipe of wild green sauce. As the name suggests, the main ingredients of this sauce come right from the wild. This sauce contains finely cut and chopped dandelion leaves, chives, sorrel, lambs quarter, shallot and nasturtium leaves. This sauce owes its great taste to cottage cheese, plain yoghurt, white vinegar and pepper.

2. The Tomato Bread

You must have come across innumerable types of breads like garlic bread, brown bread, milk bread, fruit bread and so on but you might not have heard about the tomato bread. This bread retains the tangy flavor of tomato and deeply reminds you of your favorite tomato soup that you had always ordered first in the starters. Besides tomato, you can also savor the excellent taste of cloves, butter and brown sugar.

3. The Coffee Jelly

Often you might have entered the kitchen to make jelly for your little kid so that he can show off to his friends that his mom is so cool. You might have cooked orange, strawberry, mango or black current jellies but never tried a hand on the coffee jelly. This unusual recipe allows your child to have his/her first taste of coffee without any side effects. Moreover this jelly just tastes like those coffee toffees that you used to love when you yourself were a kid. This recipe makes use of both freezing and absolutely hot coffee along with vanilla essence to enhance the flavor. In case you plan to show your cooking expertise in your friend circle then you can as well add whiskey instead of vanilla essence to the jelly to enjoy this unusual recipe to the core.

4. The Spice Cake

If you are tired of eating the most usual flavors of cakes like vanilla, chocolate, butterscotch, pineapple, strawberry, black current, black forest, and so on so forth then the so called "spice cake" is the one for you to try on. As the name suggests, this cake is made of three spices namely cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. One should take utter care while using nutmeg and use it in restricted quantities.

5. Bloody Leroy Mix

Absolutely true to its name, this recipe is totally unusual and strange because it has a unique combination of tomatoes and black coffee. This recipe also contains whiskey, butter, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, beer, fruit juice, lemon juice, peppers, onion, olives, liquid smoke, molasses, oregano, garlic cloves, basil and salt. Just like its name, this recipe can be prepared by just mixing certain proportions of all these ingredients together and serving hot or cold depending upon your own liking.

6. Swamp Water Punch

Unlike its name, this recipe does not contain any kind of swamp water as it claims to be. However, if you want to show your cooking expertise and surprise or shock your guests with your unusual menu then this recipe should be placed right on the top. This recipe is very easy to make because it contains ginger ale, and blue food color to get the dramatic appearance of swamp water. If your party consists of little kids who cannot handle alcohol then you can replace ginger ale with orange juice and serve it cold. If you add an artificial hand then this recipe would be an instant hit during Halloween for the kids.

7. Chickpea and Lime cake

If you wish to eat a cake with the tangiest flavor and full of nutrients then the chickpea and lime cake is the best one for you. As the name suggests, this cake is majorly made up of canned chickpeas and lime juice. Generally brown sugar or plain white sugar is used in most of the cakes; however, this cake utilizes fructose to sweeten it. For this reason, this cake is an exciting food option for sweet toothed diabetics and also for those people who are strictly dieting. The poppy seeds are also added to enhance the flavor of this fantastic recipe.

8. Corn Ice cream

For all the lovers, this particular ice cream would definitely come as a surprise. You might have had loads of vanilla, chocolate, butterscotch, black current, strawberry, and all such ice creams; however, corn ice cream is definitely an unusual recipe for it contains none of the essences. This ice cream is natural at its best and is absolutely the best for people who are allergic to food colors, flavors and additives. This lipsmackingly tasty ice cream is made simply by crushing the corn and then mixing it with the usual ice cream ingredients.

9. Jaljeera ice cream

This unusual and strange recipe is of the Indian origin. As the name suggests, this ice cream is made from jaljeera, a powder that is made up from the mixture of Indian chaat masala, dried mint leaves, salt and pepper. Jaljeera ice cream is made up of just jaljeera powder and water and nothing more. This ice cream is natural at its best. There is no kind of added flavor, thickeners, colors or additives to it. Hence, this ice cream is perfectly safe for people who are sensitive to artificial food items. Unlike other ice creams that taste just sweet, this ice cream tastes awesomely tangy, spicy, sweet and sour. This ice cream gives your tongue a chance to savor almost all kinds of flavors at once.

10. Chocolate Pakora

Yet another recipe from the Indian origin, pakoras are essentially made of chickpea dough that is mixed with other spices like chilli powder, pepper, the Indian chaat masala. Generally the pakoras are made by dipping pieces of vegetables like capsicum, eggplant, potato, onion, tomato, radish, mushroom and fruits like banana, pineapple, and so on so forth in the spicy dough and then frying them in oil. However, in this strange and unusual recipe, pieces of chocolate are dipped in the spicy dough and then fried in the oil. What you get as a result is the mouth watering taste of both spicy and sweet flavors that is truly heavenly.

The spicy fried chickpea dough literally gives you a spicy taste in the beginning and when you bite through the rest of the pakora the chocolate pieces simply melt in your mouth and mix with the lingering spicy taste making the whole eating experience simply awesome beyond words. Food is something that should be eaten while savoring every bite and every sip that enters in your mouth, only then it is worth while.

Neelima Reddy, author of this article writes for Flavored Delights blog helps you learn everything you need to know about healthy food, recipes, eating out, sweet stuff, kitchen equipment, wine & drinks etc.. Visit Falvored Delights.

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by Maureen Staiano

Getting back on track after the holidays is easy for some people. It seems as though they never break stride at holiday time. It is barely a blip on the screen of their lives.
For others though getting back in the swing of things after the holidays is a bit of a challenge and can leave you feeling let down and out of sorts.

All the stress, hustle and bustle seem to come crashing to a halt the day after Christmas and we often feel as though we are in a holding pattern until New Years Eve.
Routines have been broken. Eating habits have been tossed right out the window and even if the scale has been a friend it seems to have been quickly become a foe as we dread seeing what the excess in calories has cost us in weight gain.

New Year’s resolutions may be sitting there staring back from the paper daring us to fail one more time.
So how do we get ourselves back in the swing again? How do we shake off the after holiday blues and look forward to the coming weeks? Oh and yes how do we get back on track with our eating?

  1. Don’t feel the same pressure to make the holiday disappear as you did getting all the decorations up and the place decked out in the first place. Tackle most of the mess such as the presents and all the paper and garbage first. This will help you to regain a little order out of the chaos. After that, take your time deconstructing the holiday decorations. Enjoy the beauty you have created just a little longer. If you have truly been running like crazy this holiday season, taking a moment to quietly appreciate what you have created is important.

  2. Take an evening to either sit and write your thank you notes or to just phone a few
of the friends you may not have had time to speak to during the crazy holiday season. The pressure to reach out and touch everyone during the holidays is immense and can leave us feeling as though we haven’t met our responsibilities if anyone is left out. The pleasure of a relaxed conversation or expressing sincere appreciation in a note almost instantly lifts your spirits.

  3. Don’t even bother with the scale. If you have clothes that you like and they fit you
well, take a few key pieces to mix and match as your eating habits get back on track over the next few weeks. After the over indulgence of the holiday season gradually get yourself back into healthy eating. Pare down your shopping list eliminating all the snacks and junk foods that may have been the holiday staples.
Increase the fruits and vegetables as well as adding in large green salads. It may take a few days or even a week to retrain your taste buds. They have grown accustomed to more fat and sugar so give them a little time to readjust.

  4. If your workout has gone by the wayside do not try to get up to full speed in a
week’s time. Start back slowly and work up to where you were before the holiday interruption. If you have been regular in your workouts before the holiday you will be back in the swing of it in no time and without suffering with soreness or fatigue.

  5. Do something nice for yourself. Something special. It may be a quiet dinner with your significant other or it may be massage or facial. It may be a weekend away or an afternoon out in nature. Whatever feeds your soul and makes you feel uplifted is what you are looking for here. It doesn’t have to cost a penny or if you have the money to spend go ahead enjoy. What you want is to leave the season finally feeling relaxed and looking forward to what the New Year will bring.

Maureen Staiano is a Life Coach specializing in working with women and the unique challenges, opportunities and transitions we face in our lives. Please visit me: and also visit my blog

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