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Healthy Lunches for Work

It can be tough thinking of quick and tasty lunches to bring to work. These salad recipes can be made the night before and will stop you from eating out everyday. Here are three different recipes with the ingredients listed in stacking order.

Caprese Pasta Salad

2 tbsp basil pesto (homemade or store-bought)

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 ½ oz fresh mozzarella, chopped into bite sized pieces

2 oz cooked penne pasta

½ cup fresh spinach leaves

½ cup fresh basil, chopped

Chickpea Salad

2 tbsp easy lemon vinaigrette (see below)

1 cup chickpeas

½ cup sun-dried or oven roasted tomatoes

¼ cup spring onion, chopped

¼ cup red onion, chopped

½ cup olives, chopped

¼ cup piquillo peppers, chopped

½ cup fresh spinach

Greek Pasta Salad

2 tbsp easy lemon vinaigrette (see below)

1 cup cherry tomatoes

¼ cup red onion, chopped

1 cup cucumber, chopped

½ cup feta, crumbled

2 oz rigatoni, cooked

½ cup mixed greens

½ cup fresh mint, chopped

Easy Lemon Vinaigrette

(will make enough for 3-4 mason jars)

Juice from one large lemon

½ cup olive oil

Good pinch of salt

Couple of grinds of black pepper

Shake all ingredients together in a small container.

Mason Jar Salad

Click here to see the original recipe.

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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in Recipes, Tips

 

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Tip #19: Keep It Real

Dieting isn’t something you can just do until you’ve lost those extra pounds. Many diets today tell you to do crazy things like only eat 500 calories per day, or only eat fruits, or only drink liquids and don’t eat anything solid, etc… While this may be a temporary solution, chances are that those pounds are just going to come creeping back once you stop your diet. The best way to lose weight and keep it off. is to make changes that you can continue to live with for the rest of your life. You aren’t going to spend the rest of your life eating carrots for every meal. Make real, lasting changes. For example, exercise at least 30-60 minutes everyday. Or instead of eating 2500 calories per day, cut back to 2000. These are things that you can continue to do even after you are done losing weight. So, don’t look for a quick fix that will just be more trouble in the long run. Work hard and do it the right way.

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Tips

 

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Quinoa Fruit Salad

 

 

Yield: Serves 6-as a side dish

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

 

Quinoa with blueberries, strawberries, mango, and a refreshing honey lime dressing. This easy and healthy Quinoa Fruit Salad goes well with any summer meal.

 

 

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa (I used Red Quinoa)
2 cups water
Pinch of salt

For the Honey Lime Dressing:

Juice of 1 large lime
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

For the fruit:

1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1 1/2 cups chopped mango
Extra chopped mint, for garnish-optional

Directions:

1. Using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let quinoa cool to room temperature.

2. To make the Honey Lime Dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk the lime juice, honey, and mint together until combined.

3. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, blueberries, strawberries, and mango. Pour honey lime dressing over the fruit salad and mix until well combined. Garnish with additional mint, if desired. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Note-Use your favorite fruit in this salad. Blackberries, peaches, kiwi, raspberries, pineapple, grapes, etc. are great options!

 

This recipe was found here.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Recipes

 

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Tip #18: Practice Portion Control

If you’re like me, you don’t just eat for the fuel the food gives your body. You love the taste of your food and that keeps you going back for seconds, even if you aren’t hungry anymore. If you are cooking a meal at home, it is a good idea to place a serving of the food on your plate, then immediately put the rest away for leftovers the next day. If it requires more work to get the food back out of the fridge, you are less likely to over eat than if that delicious food is still sitting on the counter when you finish what’s on your plate.

You can also separate the leftovers and store them in single servings. This way, you will be less likely to overeat the next time you get out that food, and it can be an easy lunch to take to work the next day.

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Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Raw Food “Burrito”

The Raw Foods diet is becoming more popular and there may be many health benefits that come from it. Here is an example of a delicious raw food recipe.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 very ripe avocados
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • kernels from one ear raw corn
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 6-8 large lettuce leaves

Preparation:

In a medium sized bowl, mash the avocado.

Add remaining ingredients and stir until well mixed.

Spread 2-3 tablespoons of this mixture onto lettuce leaves and wrap. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Recipes

 

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