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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.

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                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?

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                      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.

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                                Last Updated on January 25, 2021

                                What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                                What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                                It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

                                If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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                                What should I do today? No ideas?

                                Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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                                Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

                                1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
                                2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
                                3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
                                4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
                                5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
                                6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
                                7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
                                8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
                                9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
                                10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
                                11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
                                12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
                                13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
                                14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
                                15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
                                16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
                                17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
                                18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
                                19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
                                20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
                                21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
                                22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
                                23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
                                24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
                                25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
                                26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
                                27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
                                28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
                                29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
                                30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

                                Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

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