Eating to Live on the Outside: Nirvana

Finally! It’s Saturday. I thought this week would never end. Okay, it’s time for a “trip” to Washington, DC. Today, Eating to Live on the Outside heads to Nirvana in the nation’s capital.

Alright, let’s see what he got here. Well, it looks good, a bunch of veggies and other goodies. Here’s a quick list of stuff I might order:

Amiri Khaman

  • Steamed cooked lentil cakes; lentils are always cool.


  • Lentil soup cooked with vegetables and roasted spices; more kudos for lentils.

Awakening Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, tomato and spring onion served with a tart peppery dressing; looks like a good one.

Chick Peas Salad

  • Chick peas, tomatoes, and onion, with fresh cilantro and a lemon dressing; another winner here.

Nirvana Salad

  • Cabbage, tomato, cucumber, apple, grapes and more with fresh cilantro and spicy and tangy dressing; I love combining fruit and veggies in a salad!

Vegetable Biryani

  • Basmati rice cooked with mixed vegetables, herbs, cashews and spices; I dig it, I’m okay with the rice, no worries.

Bisi Bele Huli Anna

  • Basmati rice cooked with lentils, vegetables and cashews; cashews are awesome, same deal with the rice.


  • Baked eggplant cooked to perfection with a chef’s special blend of spices; pretty simple, I like it.

Bharva Subji

  • Cherry potatoes, eggplant and peppers stuffed with specially roasted spices; another good one.

Aloo Gobi

  • Potatoes and cauliflower curry; no problems here.

Chole masala

  • Chick pea curry from North India; this will help you fart.

Tarka Dal

  • Yellow split pea lentil cooked with ginger, green chilies, cilantro, and tomatoes blend of spices and flavors; not a bad choice either.

Yeah, I think Nirvana is very doable. Plenty to choose from! As for me, I’m going with the Nirvana Salad or maybe the Bisi Bele Huli Anna.

Now I need your help. Flip through Nirvana’s menu and let me know what you’d order. Do tell, do tell!

Image credit: Nirvana

Junk Food Makes Flies Sluggish

Flies buzz around at a zillion miles per hour, but not when they eat candies and cookies. The poor little guys get bloated and pass out. Then the ladybug laughs at them:



You shouldn’t take your nutrition advice from flies. After all, they eat poop. But these inchworms are smarter. Inchworms love apples, and each other!

Image credit: bentekr

On Manager's Special 6.15.09

A bunch of broccoli $0.67.


Some more broccoli $0.39.


Different kinds of apples $1.71.


Today's grand total is only $2.77. I can't go for more than a day without eating broccoli. I crave it!

Apple Munching Worms in Love

This is really cool. Check out these tiny little inchworms eating apples and falling love. Watch as they’re nearly separated forever, until one lover goes on a rescue mission:



Okay, now I feel bad. I feed my pet gecko worms, but don’t worry. She also eats apricots and bananas, and the crickets I give her are on a steady diet of fresh broccoli.

Via Serious Eats.

Image credit: starfish146

On Manager's Special 5.11.09

A bunch of yellow squash and zucchinis $1.00.


Some McIntosh Apples only $1.07.


A few cucumbers $1.00.


And this week's grand total is just $3.07. Pretty happy about the apples, I've been eating a lot lately. 

On Manager's Special 5.4.09

Different kinds of apples $1.09.


Some zucchini just $1.00.


A whole bunch of yellow squash $1.00.


Today's grand total, only $3.09. Now, for more sweet deals, check out the new Cheap Fruits & Veggies category.

No More Cupcakes at Soccer Games!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Amy Roskelley of SuperHealthyKids and does NOT necessarily represent the opinions of DiseaseProof or Dr. Fuhrman.

I remember as a child going to my brother’s soccer games. When it was our turn for snacks, we would cut up a bowl full of oranges, and the players would eat them during half time for extra energy. Today, our soccer games usually culminate with a box of Kool-Aid and a candy bar on the side. What happened here!

When it’s your turn for little league treats, you want to find something healthy, but you also want the kids to like it, right? During the fall soccer season, I decided to go against the grain, return to days of old, and bring sliced oranges. Those kids loved them!

I had a huge bowl with orange wedges for during and after the game, and every single one was gone before I could have any myself. Often parents underestimate the kids’ desire for solid, healthy food. Here are some other foods my kids love to eat:

  • Sliced apples, watermelon wedges and bananas.
  • Individually packaged non-salted nuts or trail mix
  • 8 oz water bottles, kids like these little water bottles.
  • Dried apricots and raisins in little individual boxes.
  • Baggies of air-popped popcorn.

So, ditch the cupcakes and give kids something better to replace their lost nutrients from playing hard.

Image credit: A National Acrobat

On Manager's Special 4.6.09

A bunch of apples and a pear only $1.00.


Really tasty black grapes $0.60.


And my favorite, broccoli for $0.99.


Final total, just $2.59. Pretty hard to argue with that! 

I eat a ton of broccoli every week. The black grapes are really awesome. I've had them before, very sweet and no seeds. And apples are always great to have on hand, same with pears.

On Manager's Special 3.16.09


Slightly dinged apples $1.94.



Ripe bananas only $0.84.



A bunch of onions $1.88.

Grand total for only $4.66. Not too bad.

Apples make perfect snacks, I eat bananas all the time and onions are always good to have on hand.

On Manager's Special 2.23.09


Ripe bananas only $0.75!



Apples and a pear $1.00.



And my mom found these baby carrots for $1.50.

Grand total just $3.25. Very cool.

Okay, those bananas are going into smoothies, apples and pears make great snacks and I'm sure my mom will do something cool with the carrots.