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15 Tempting Yet Healthy Alternatives For People Who Dislike Salad

15 Tempting Yet Healthy Alternatives For People Who Dislike Salad

Vegetables are integral to good health and skin. Being a great source of vital nutrients like vitamins (A, B, C, D , E and K), fibers and minerals, a diet rich in veggies can reduce the risk of stroke, cancer, heart disease and even diabetes. Veggies also reduce inflammation in our bodies and contribute to healthy skin. There’s no doubt – you need your veggies.

That said, I’ve been a vegetarian all my life and I absolutely hate salads. The number of deliciously cooked vegetable options has been on the rise. Yet growing up, it was scarce and I was often served a cold bowl of lettuce and tomato on airplanes as the “vegetarian” meal. I cannot count the number of times I wanted to say that being a vegetarian does not make me want to chew raw leaves like a cow.

So, I’ve curated some vegetable options that are healthy, yet mouth-watering alternatives to salads. And there are some fruits in there too for snacks and desserts of course!

Breakfast

Quinoa cereal with berries and almonds

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    For a tasty gluten free breakfast, try this quinoa with berries and almonds option.

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    Shakshuka

    shakshuka

      This is an egg and veggie combo from the Middle East that makes a wonderful breakfast with protein and vitamins to give you a stable energy burn for those long stressful days.

      image via: dartmouth.spoonuniversity.com

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      Baked egg avocado

      baked-avocado

        Filled with the healthy monosaturated fat, oleic acid – aside from vitamins B, C, E and K, avocados reduce cholesterol and even keep skin supple. If the classic avocado on toast seems too boring, try this avocado with baked egg to kick start your day.

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        Lunch and Dinner

        Avocado and Tofu bowl

        Tofu-Avocado-Rice-Bowl

          If you want to include this healthy fruit in a meal for dinner then try this tofu and avocado bowl to spice up your evening.

          Cauliflower with Parmesan

          baked-cauliflower

            Cauliflowers are one of the healthiest veggies with vitamin C, B and vitamin K. This easy-to-make cauliflower with parmesan dish is not just healthy but delish!

            image via nu.spoonuniversity.com

            Coriander-Roasted Carrots

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            roasted-carrot

              I’m generally not a fan of carrots but this yummy coriander-roasted carrot recipe has me enjoying my beta-carotene for healthy skin and hair.

              image via cal.spoonuniversity.com

              Quinoa Stuffed Bell Pepper

                A tasty Spanish recipe for those with gluten intolerance. Get your veggies along with some healthy grains in this easy-to-bake recipe that will surely become a regular in your home.

                image via: minimalistbaker.com

                Mushroom, Onion and Goat Cheese Crostini

                mushroom-cheese-crostini

                  Amp up your toast with this yummy topping. It makes a great lunch or quick dinner.

                  image via: nu.spoonuniversity.com

                  Mushroom Trio Quesadilla

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                    Craving Mexican? This baked mushroom quesadilla is one healthy option to allow you to give in to your cravings while feeling good about the calories.

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                    Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese

                    butternut-mac-n-cheese

                      If you can’t wait for the fall to get your fill of butternut squash soups then how about adding it to mac ‘n’ cheese for a fun alternative?

                      image via michigan.spoonuniversity.com

                      Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Risotto

                      mushroom-risotto

                        Get your greens without compromising on taste with this nourishing spinach and mushroom risotto.

                        image via: spoonuniversity.com

                        Snacks and Dessert

                        Goji Green Smoothie

                        kale-berry-smoothie

                          Smoothies make wonderful snacks and meal replacements. The “green” smoothie is all the rave. Make it work for you with this apple and berry filled smoothie with all the benefits of kale – one of the best sources of vitamin K that improves calcium absorption and helps prevent osteoporosis.

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                          Apricot, Goat Cheese and Almond Bites

                          apricot-chocolate-bite

                            Long day ahead? If you think you might be looking for cookies or chips, take this healthy replacement snack with apricot with you and your body will thank you.

                            image via: bu.spoonuniversity.com

                            Chocolate, Pomegranate and Ginger Bark

                            chocolate-pomegranate-ginger

                              Give in to your chocolate craving without guilt when you make this simply sumptuous dessert that includes pomegranate and ginger in dark chocolate.

                              image via: finecooking.com

                              Healthy Candy Apple Wedges (with Chocolate and Walnut)

                              apple-chocolate-wedges

                                An apple a day keeps the doctor away. These wedges do more than that – they get your taste buds tingling with pleasure as you savor these chocolate dipped treats.

                                image via: anediblemosaic.com

                                Featured photo credit: Dana from http://minimalistbaker.com/ via minimalistbaker.com

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                                Last Updated on May 28, 2020

                                How to Overcome Boredom

                                How to Overcome Boredom

                                Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                                I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                                If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                                What is Boredom?

                                We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                                You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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                                It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                                If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                                When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                                Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                                If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                                Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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                                Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                                In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                                It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                                Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                                Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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                                In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                                3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                                1. Get Focused

                                Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                                You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                                Here are a few ideas:

                                • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                                • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                                • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                                2. Kill Procrastination

                                Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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                                So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                                Here are some ideas:

                                • Do some exercise.
                                • Read a book.
                                • Learn something new.
                                • Call a friend.
                                • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                                • Do a spring cleaning.
                                • Wash the car.
                                • Renovate the house.
                                • Re-arrange the furniture.
                                • Write your shopping list.
                                • Water the plants.
                                • Walk the dog.
                                • Sort out your mail & email.
                                • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                                3. Enjoy Boredom

                                If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                                Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                                So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                                Final Thoughts

                                Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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