I hope everyone is having a magical week!
Congratulations to the winner of my BeckleyByMelissa Scarf Giveaway: Celina!
Yesterdays delayed Monday Motivation: “To change your body, you must change your mind.”
Ahhh Disneyland. The worlds biggest human trap operated by a mouse!
A magical land of discovery, dreams, and really unhealthy food!
I’m quite spoiled, living only a short drive from the Disneyland resort in California. My best friends and I all have annual passes and love going as much as we can, even if it’s just for one ride a fireworks. See, I told you. Very spoiled living so close… I LOVE Disneyland. I’m a total kid at heart and am in awe of it’s magic every time I go. One small problem I’ve always had with Disneyland is that it’s not so easy to eat healthy there.
A quick flashback story: When I was trying to lose weight, I never wanted to go to disneyland with my friends. I basically cut one of my favorite things to do out of my life because I had a fear of the sugary fatty temptations that were at the park. I thought that if I went to Disneyland, I wouldn’t be strong enough to avoid the temptation and go on a crazy sugar binge of churros and Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Sandwiches and gain 20 lbs overnight. We all know that isn’t true… but at the time, my disordered mind told me that it would happen. So ya, you read that right. I was basically scared of Disneyland! Who is scared of Disneyland? Speaking of wanting to stay “healthy” and only eat “healthy foods” I should’ve known how unhealthy I actually was at that point. After I was able to get back on my feet and recover from my eating disorder, I started going to Disneyland with friends again. I was in a much better place where I didn’t fear food or the house of mouse, and allowed myself to have fun and enjoy a churro. It’s all about balance!
Toning my arms on the Teacups! haha just kidding!
For a company who promotes the “Disney Magic of Healthy living,” there are not many healthy options for us at Disneyland. Or at least not advertised around the park! I did some super detective work to find the best options to stay healthy while having fun at Disneyland. Call me Catherine: Mouse Detective! During my exploration at Disneyland for healthier foods, I discovered some excellent options!
“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.” – Walt Disney
Enter Tomorrowland: bringing inspiration, ingenuity, and ideas of building a better tomorrow.
Did you know that Tomorrowland is home of the only all-healthy-food cart at Disneyland, CA?
The Tomorrowland Fruit Cart is the only cart that strictly sells healthy foods. You won’t find any tempting chips or sodas at this cart! Just 100% healthy, wholesome foods to nourish your body during a long day at the happiest place on earth. Here’s what the Tomorrowland Fruit Cart has to offer!
Red and green apples, bananas, oranges, sliced pineapple, sliced mango, grapes, apple slices, strawberries & blueberries, pickles, veggie sticks with ranch dip, Sabra Hummus & Pretzel Pods, Disney Freeze Dried Fuji Apple Crisps, OceanSpray Craisins, and OceanSpray Craisin Trail Mix! They also sell Vitamin Water Zero, Powerade Zero, Honest Tea, Smart Water, and Dasani.
Did you know that all of the plants in Tomorrowland are edible?
The visionary landscaping doubles as a potential farm, projecting an ecologically astute future, where humanity makes the most of its resources. It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, in Tomorrowland! I absolutely love this idea of an agrifuture. I never noticed the gorgeous display of veggies until now.Look how gorg that red kale & rainbow chard is? Umm inspiration for my future house’s landscaping! I would take a kale bouquet over flowers any day!
* I wouldn’t recommend eating the Kale landscaping at Disneyland! haha
At Frontierland in Disneyland, CA there is a pretty good Mexican restaurant by Thunder Mountain called Rancho de Zocalo. The restaurant has different stations for tacos, burritos, and tostadas. There is a great vegetarian option for tacos called Soft Tacos Monterrey which contains two tacos with sautéed vegetables, rice, and beans in a flour tortilla along with a side of spanish rice and beans, guacamole, salsa and shredded lettuce. This huge plate of deliciousness is $10 (annual pass discounts available here, score!)
*You can make these tacos vegan by requesting no cheese and no sour cream.
My order: Soft Tacos Monterey without cheese or sour cream.
* This meal is big enough to split with someone!
The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Produce: sautéed vegetables
Whole Grain: flour tortillas & rice (two servings of grains, but very filling)
Plant Based Fat: oil that the veggies are sautéed in
I’ve also found a pretty healthy vegetarian option at California Adventure. The Lucky Fortune Cookery in the Pacific Wharf area at Disney’s California Adventure Park has a variety of Asian Rice Bowls with your choice of protein and sauce over sautéed Asian vegetables and steamed rice for about $9 (annual pass discounts available here too, wooo!).
*All of the sauces are vegan except for the Thai Coconut Curry sauce!
My order: Asian Rice Bowl with tofu and sautéed veggies and some teriyaki sauce on the side.
The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Produce: sautéed vegetables
Whole Grain: rice
Plant Based Fat: avocado (guacamole), and oil (that the veggies are sautéed in)
With a little bit of faith trust, and pixie dust, you can stay on track with your healthy eating while visiting Disneyland! Balance is key. Healthy produce for snacks all day, a well balanced meal, and a little something special like a churro to indulge in!
With my main squeezes Boo & Kitty a.k.a. Sully!
Health & Happiness xo
AlexanderMay 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm (10 years ago)
Such a cool post, thanks ! 🙂
PipiMay 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm (10 years ago)
“Ahhh Disneyland. The worlds biggest human trap operated by a mouse!”
That’s hilarious! I would love to go to Disney Land one day. You are so lucky.
I think it’s great that you were able to find some healthy options there too 🙂
DianeMay 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm (10 years ago)
This is great! I’m going to the Disneyland in Florida and would be great to have some healthy options 🙂
Claire @ https://healthnutclaire.comMay 8, 2013 at 7:29 am (10 years ago)
Plant based fat in the guac from avocados, too!
CatherineMay 8, 2013 at 10:46 am (10 years ago)
You’re a true bunny Claire! Thanks for pointing that out, I can’t believe I missed it, I love avos!!! xo
Rebecca Kelsey SampsonMay 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm (10 years ago)
I absolutely love the idea around this post! I’ll make sure to pay attention when I’m in Disney World in a few weeks.
Kindness is the best accessory,
Jasmine PMay 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm (10 years ago)
Thanks for your post! My boyfriend is becoming vegan, and we were thinking about going to Disneyland for his birthday in a couple of weeks!
SabrinaMay 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm (10 years ago)
I found those mini-hummus & pretzel things at Target yesterday and I bought the last 2 they had. I also found the Chobani Flips. SO good! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful little snacks with your bunnies =)