HAL’S KITCHEN: Winnipeg meals prepper returns with wholesome bowls

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Vicky Nguyen of a Healthy Hand poses with four different bowls of low calorie meals her complany has on offer.
Hein Nguyen photo Vicky Nguyen of a Healthy Hand poses with four different bowls of low calorie meals her complany has on offer. Hein Nguyen photo Photo by Hein Nguyen /Winnipeg Sun

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Vicky Nguyen is back in the meal prep business after taking a couple of years off to have twins. A Healthy Hand has changed its focus a bit. Before, it provided clean meals to mostly bodybuilders. Vicky and her husband are both bodybuilders. However, this time, she’s making low-calorie meals for a much wider customer base. I found Vicky on Instagram and became a customer to help me drop my pandemic pounds. Her 300-700 calorie dishes for $9-$12, depending on size, really got my attention. I don’t know how the mom of four finds the time but she makes four different bowls twice a week for pickup from Little Saigon at 333-William. Her mom closed the popular restaurant due to COVID-19 and then decided to retire. But Vicky plans to reopen it in January after a renovation with a mix of Little Saigon classics and new dishes. I think it’s the perfect time for healthy home-cooked meals, fully prepared and ready to go. All the best Vicky, your future is bright! And please tell when Little Saigon reopens so I can let people know.

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A selection of the low-calorie meal bowls on offer Healthy Hand. Vicky Nguyen photo A selection of the low-calorie meal bowls on offer Healthy Hand. Vicky Nguyen photo Photo by Vicky Nguyen /Winnipeg Sun

DQ CHOPPER LANDING

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A man from Leroy, Saskatchewan is charged with dangerous operation of an aircraft after landing his helicopter at a Dairy Queen in nearby Tisdale. RCMP say the chopper landed in a high traffic parking lot near a school and aquatic centre, kicking up dust and debris. A passenger got out and bought an ice cream cake. The pilot was licensed but because it wasn’t an emergency, the landing was illegal. I’ve had a craving for a DQ ice cream cake before but that’s crazy…

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DELIVERY-ONLY WENDY’S

Wendy’s plans to open 700 delivery-only locations by 2025 to meet the growing demand from people who want their fast food brought to them. Wendy’s says the kitchens will operate mostly in big cities in the U.S., Canada and the UK where the chain has fewer brick and mortar stores. The first 50 will open this year. Wendy’s is partnering with Reef Technology, a Miami company that runs 5,000 delivery kitchens in 30 cities around the world.

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PLANT-BASED PEPPERONI

Pizza Hut is testing meatless pepperoni at dozens of U.S. locations. A few months after rolling out za with meatless sausage, Pizza Hut is now offering plant-based pepperoni as a topping. The product is made by Beyond Meat and it’s called Beyond Pepperoni. Pizza Hut says it delivers just the right amount of subtle heat and offers the same experience and taste of classic pepperoni but it’s made from simple ingredients like peas and rice, with no GMOs, soy, gluten, hormones, antibiotics or cholesterol.

SNACK WRAPS MIGHT RETURN

Rumours are swirling on social media that McDonald’s might bring back Chicken Snack Wraps. The menu item was launched in 2006 and there’s been a lot of backlash ever since it disappeared. Mickey Dee’s is known to sometimes bring back old favourites.

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NEW METABOLISM RESEARCH

According to new research, there isn’t much difference between a teenager’s metabolism and that of an adult. Metabolism reaches adult levels by age 20 and doesn’t start to decline until 60 so you likely can’t blame your midlife weight gain on your metabolism. University of Aberdeen professor John Speakman, co-author of the research, says if you’re piling on weight and your waistline is expanding during your 30s and 40s, it’s probably because you’re eating more food and expending less energy.

ALCOHOLIC MOUNTAIN DEW

PepsiCo and the Boston Beer Company have announced plans to create alcoholic Mountain Dew. The collaboration which will be called Hard Mtn Dew is expected to be available early next year. Boston Beer will develop and produce the drink while Pepsi will create a new entity to sell, deliver and market the beverage. Hard Mtn Dew will be available in original, black cherry and watermelon. The new flavoured malt beverage will contain 5% alcohol by volume. Remember when the world got upset over new Coke in the ’80s? This kind of takes it to a whole new level.

— Hal has written columns for years. He’s also the afternoon host on 680 CJOB. You can email him at [email protected]

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