Healthier Kung Pao Chicken | Recipe


Have only 20 minutes to put dinner on the table? Try this protein-packed kung pao chicken, courtesy of Fit Foodie Finds, made healthier with less sodium and oil. If you’re craving extra heat, add more Sriracha or chili paste.

Healthier Kung Pao Chicken


  • 3 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced into bite-size pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
  • 24 ounces fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Optional garnish: crushed peanuts or cashews


Season chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Prep stir-fry sauce by mixing together soy sauce, Sriracha, chili paste and honey in a small bowl. Set aside.

Place 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 1 tablespoon minced garlic in a large skillet or wok on medium-high heat.

Add chicken, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Remove chicken (it will only be partially cooked), and set aside.

Place the remaining tablespoon of sesame oil and garlic in the pan and turn to high heat. Add green beans, and sauté for 5–7 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Add chicken, and continue to cook for 5 more minutes, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

Add stir-fry sauce, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for a few more minutes, until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly. Add sesame seeds, and let sit for at least 5 minutes, so the sauce can thicken a bit more. Serve hot.

Garnish with peanuts or cashews as desired.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 4  |  Serving Size: 1/4 recipe

Per serving: Calories: 375; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 82mg; Sodium: 495mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 30g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 717mg; Iron: 10%; Vitamin A: 13%; Vitamin C: 20%; Calcium: 6% 

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8 Moves for Stronger, Healthier Feet

It’s no surprise there’s an uptick in foot injuries come summer. You can strain your feet walking or running in the sand or even stepping on something sharp. But even switching from laced-up footwear to flat sandals can cause problems, because your feet aren’t prepared for the lack of support. “We see so many cases of plantar fasciitis (swelling of the tissue in the sole of the foot) and sprains at the start of summer,” says marathon runner and sports podiatrist, Marybeth Crane, DPM. “And it’s most often due to overuse — simply too much, too soon.”

Fortunately there are ways to strengthen, stretch and prep your feet for barefoot steps in the sand. Here, Crane offers a pre-beach warmup that can double as a strengthening session, along with some post-walk or run stretches, to soothe your soles.


Step around your house barefoot for five minutes, to warm up and bring circulation into your feet.


Take a seat and draw the alphabet with each foot, using your big toe as the ‘pen.’ Complete the alphabet one or two times with each foot. This move activates nearly every muscle in your foot.


This simple move strengthens the tiny muscles between your toes, which helps protect them from strains. Grab a dish or hand towel, and place it on the floor beneath your foot. Ideally, you can place the towel on a hard surface, like wood or tile, for easiest slip. Start scrunching the towel beneath your toes, pulling it completely toward you before switching feet and repeating on the other side. As you get stronger, graduate to a larger towel or repeat the scrunches three times.


Flex your feet and walk around your home on your heels for 30 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds and repeat three times. You’ll strengthen the muscle along the front of your shins, which helps stabilize your foot.


Squat down while simultaneously lifting your heels, so you finish with your knees deeply bent and your weight balanced on your forefeet. Hold for 30 seconds, release and rest and repeat up to three times. This helps build the muscles along the soles of your feet.


This move works your proprioception — which means, it helps your brain understand where your foot is in space — and literally strengthens all the small stabilizing muscles in your foot.


Either lay on your back with a strap looped around your flexed forefoot, and draw your leg toward you, or lean up against a wall, with your foot behind you, pressing your heel toward the ground. Keeping your calf muscles pliable can help your foot move better with each stride.



This feel-good treat helps reduce any inflammation generated from walking on sand’s unstable surface. (Read: This move helps stave off plantar fasciitis.) Fill a small plastic water bottle with water and freeze it. Roll it under your foot for a minute post-walk or run, or anytime your feet feel tired.


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Is Similarity Essential In Relationships?

Is Similarity Essential In Relationships? Find out!

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Let us rewind our lives a bit! Allow your mind to go back to the first day of college. How was the feeling? Were you comfortable that day? What made you feel at ease? The most probable answer would be that you found someone almost like you and bonded well with him or her and after that your world changed completely. You started enjoying college and were able to create sweet memories. Still remember all the fun that you had with your best buddies? This is what the company of similar people does to us!

Is Similarity Essential In Relationships?

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Similarity – an important factor in relationships

We all have the tendency to move towards the alike in the majority of our relations. There is a popular notion that opposites attract, but if you look back at life, you will realize that it is not very true.

The truth is that we all are attracted towards those who are either similar to us of are like our desired self. You may wonder why it is so.

This can be because of the 3 ways you experience yourself. In any human one kind of experiencing may be dominant.

Habitual type – Habits might control us

You could be under the control of your habits whereby you are comfortable as long as your habits are your master, no matter how effective it is. To the society you may appear rigid because you avoid changes. If you are of this type, you can be labeled as the ‘habitual type’.

Wannabe type – Wish to change

You can also be a kind of person who wishes to change in spite of limited exposure, opportunities and situations. You keep working hard to get better in some way or the other and hence are labeled as the wannabe type.

Rockstar type – Totally comfortable

If you are of the rockstar type, you could possibly be completely comfortable in your shoes. This makes you casual and totally comfortable.

Now, if you are the habitual type, you will be compelled to find someone similar to you. If you are the wannabe type, you will crave for someone who is like you but in a way better. And if you happen to be the rockstar type, you can share space with anyone but enjoy the company of someone similar. In all cases, the major factor is similarity.

Many relations of our life are not chosen by us. Rather they choose us. These can include parents, brother and sisters, relatives, children, teachers and colleagues. And if you have had an arranged marriage even your spouse would not be chosen by you. When you cannot choose these essential relations by yourself, how can you make them fulfilling and remain happy? Is there a way out?

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How to Store Summer Fruits and Vegetables

So, you’ve succumbed to the bounty of summer, filled your arms, baskets, countertops and refrigerator with the colors of the rainbow — all the fruits, vegetables and herbs that are filling the market right now. And it tastes so good, doesn’t it? The hardest part about this cornucopia of deliciousness is keeping it all fresh and tasting its best.

Here’s our quick guide to keeping those fresh nibbles at their peak until you’re ready to prepare. For example, did you know that storing fruits and vegetables together is the quickest (and most common) way to prematurely ripen (and ruin) your foods? Fruits give off a high level of ethylene (a ripening agent) that can prematurely ripen (and spoil) nearby vegetables.

In a nutshell, the “one bad apple” adage rings true. Instead, treat each fruit and vegetable with specific care.



Before storing fresh veggies, remove all ties and rubber bands and trim leafy ends, but leave an inch to keep the veggies from drying out. If you’re storing veggies in a bag, make sure there’s a hole to allow airflow, then pack the veggies loosely in the refrigerator to prevent premature rotting (they still need room to breathe in there). The more space they have, the longer they’ll stay fresh. Pro tip: Leafy greens can be washed before storing by soaking them in a sink full of water, while soft herbs and mushrooms should not be washed until right before they are used.


Stone fruits, avocados, tomatoes, mangoes, melons, apples and pears continue to ripen if left sitting on a countertop, so only leave them out if you don’t mind them getting a bit more ripe. (Store them in the fridge when you’re ready to slow that process.) Fruits like bell peppers (yes, fruits!), grapes, citrus, berries and cherries start to deteriorate if they aren’t refrigerated. Bananas, in particular, ripen very quickly, and also speed the ripening of any nearby fruits.



Berries are tremendously delicate once picked … and expensive. (Making them all the more disappointing when they spoil prematurely.) Wash your berries in a diluted vinegar bath (1 cup vinegar plus 3 cups water) and gently spin them dry in a salad spinner lined with paper towels until they are completely dry. The vinegar helps to destroy mold spores and bacteria on the berries that threaten ripeness. Store the cleaned berries in a sealable container lined with paper towels, leaving the lid open a little to allow moisture to escape.



Cold storage is key to keeping cherries fresh. Cherries lose more quality in one hour at room temperature than a day in the refrigerator. So get those cherries in the fridge as soon as possible, preferably wrapped in a plastic bag. Avoid washing them until just before eating and always use cold water.


Even though chilled cucumbers are the epitome of refreshing, they should be stored at room temperature — not in the refrigerator. Cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures below 50°F so cucumbers thrive and last longer at room temperature. If you store them in the fridge (below 50 degrees,) they’re prone to developing “chilling injuries,” including water-soaked areas, pitting and accelerated decay.  If you keep your cukes on the countertop, know that they’re highly susceptible to ethylene — the ripening agent in most fruits — so keep them separate. And, if you insist on chilling your cukes, keep them toward the front of the fridge in the middle where it’s warmer, and eat within three days.


The best way to store fresh, leafy greens is to wash them, shake off the excess water in a salad spinner, then spread the greens on paper or cloth towels to dry. With the greens still on the towels, roll the towels and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat; unroll the towels just enough to retrieve your greens then roll them up again! The absorbent towels do a great job of keeping the greens moist, but not wet, and protect the greens from the sometimes harsh conditions in the fridge.


The best way to store fresh herbs is to keep them like you would flowers — in a vase of water. Trim the stems every few days to keep the herbs fresh, and use at will.


Surprisingly enough, onions ripen quickly in the fridge and give off a high amount of ethylene … so we suggest storing them well away from all other fruits and vegetables on the countertop. This not only keeps your onions ripe, but keeps everything else in the fridge ripe longer, too.


Carrots, radishes and beets and other root vegetables are hearty in your recipes, but are actually relatively delicate and tend to wilt and get limp once picked and refrigerated. For snappy carrots, beets and radishes, trim, then store them in a bowl of cold water, covered in the fridge.


Plums, peaches, apricots and nectarines continue to ripen when stored at room temperature on the countertop. We suggest keeping them on the countertop until just before peak texture and taste, then refrigerate and eat as soon as possible. (That is, if your fresh summer peaches make it more than a day at home.)



You can theoretically store corn for several days refrigerated in the husk, but they will gradually lose their sweetness and begin to taste starchy even when cooked. Corn connoisseurs will tell you sweet corn should be eaten the day it’s picked, preferably within hours, while the corn is at its sugary peak. With any corn you can’t eat right away, it’s best to slice off the kernels and freeze them for using in soups or salads.


In his book, “On Food and Cooking,” Harold McGee explains that refrigerating tomatoes damages the membranes inside the fruit walls, causing the tomato to lose flavor and develop the mealy texture we associate with mid-January grocery store tomatoes. The best way to store tomatoes is on the countertop at room temperature. They actually continue to develop flavor until maturation peaks a few days after picking.

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