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Lunch In A Rush: 8 Time-Saving Healthy Food Recipes

Lunch In A Rush: 8 Time-Saving Healthy Food Recipes

You are either always in the rush, or if you aren’t, there are days when you wish you had made lunch the day before. People who work a lot know the struggle of being sick of eating the same unhealthy food that makes you fat and unproductive, since you feel bloated all the time.

Moreover, if you are at home and have a lot of obligations, and there is no time to play some music and play MasterChef, then you have to come up with a healthy solution made out of the leftovers from your fridge. That almost never works out, and in order to avoid eating just buttered bread and drinking milk from the cartoon, let’s go through some healthy meals recipes you can make in no time.

1. Gingered tofu and green veggie stir fry

Gingered tofu

    Ingredients:

    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 3-4cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
    • 125g mushrooms
    • 300g broccoli, cut into florets
    • 125g chopped curly kale
    • 200g tofu, cubed
    • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce or stock
    • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

    Put ginger, onion and garlic, in a wok or large pan with heated oil and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Then add broccoli, tofu, kale, mushroom and soy sauce. Cover and cook for 7 minutes. After it’s done, just sprinkle it with sesame seeds, and your meal is done.

    So, it takes you only 10 minutes to make this delicious and nutritious meal, without much effort. You’ll need 5 minutes to peel and chop, but you can also prepare the vegetables the night before. So, when lunch time comes, you’ll just need to put everything in a wok and have your meal ready in ten minutes without any additional cooking.

    The meal is tasty even if you don’t use mushrooms, as well as if you put chicken instead of tofu. If you aren’t a fan of soy sauce, spice it up with chili. Everything this meal consists of is healthy, and you should practice eating these foods, especially because of the health benefits of tofu, which is naturally gluten-free, and provides you with protein, calcium and iron, while broccoli is perfect for detoxification.

    2. White Bean & Herb Hummus with Crudités

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    White Bean & Herb Hummus

      Ingredients:

      • 1/4 cup canned white beans, rinsed and drained
      • 1 tbsp chopped chives
      • 1 tbsp lemon juice
      • 2 tbsp olive oil
      • assorted raw vegetables, such as chopped broccoli florets, sliced green or red peppers, and baby carrots

      Take a small bowl and mix beans, oil, lemon juice and chives with a fork. When it becomes smooth, your meal is ready to be served. Add raw vegetables as suggested previously, and add some more if you like.

      For this meal, you need just 5 minutes to prepare everything without much effort. It’s healthy, simple and delicious. Definitely perfect for a quick lunch, as you’ll get all the needed energy and stay healthy at the same time.

      Don’t forget to add some of the vegetables you like or just have lying around in your kitchen. Chives go perfectly with these ingredients, and are perfect for your metabolism, as they provide you with lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. What many people don’t know is that chives need to be cut with a sharp knife and very gently, because the flavor will stay on the cutting board if you squash them with a dull blade.

      3. Spiced quinoa with almonds & feta

      Spiced quinoa

        Ingredients:

        • 1 tbsp olive oil
        • 1 tbsp ground coriander
        • ½ tbsp turmeric
        • 300g quinoa , rinsed
        • 50g toasted flaked almonds
        • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
        • handful parsley , roughly chopped
        • juice ½ lemon

        Boil 400ml water and add to it some vegetables of your choice. Take a large pan, put in the olive oil and all the spices. When it heats up, add quinoa, and when you hear popping, add boiling water and stir. When the water evaporates, let it cool down a bit, and add other ingredients. Mix with crumbled feta.

        You will need 10 minutes for preparation, and it’ll need to be cooked for 15 minutes. Quinoa is a great complete source of protein, as it contains all nine essential amino acids. Instead of feta, you can also use blue cheese. It takes a bit longer to make it, but it’s really worth, as it will keep you going throughout the day. Don’t doubt the nutritional power of quinoa, and if the long day is front of you, make sure you make this meal.

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        4. Porridge with blueberry compote

        Porridge with blueberry compote

          Ingredients:

          • 6 tbsp porridge oats
          • just under ½ x 200ml tub 0% fat Greek-style yogurt
          • ½ x 350g pack frozen blueberries
          • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

          Put 400ml water in a pan, preferably of the nonstick variety, and stir for a minute or two until it thickness, and then add yogurt. Don’t use everything, add a third of it. Put blueberries in another, also nonstick pan, and add 1tbsp water and 1tbsp honey. Pour porridge in a bowl, and pour the rest of the yogurt, and blueberries over. Depending on your taste decide how much yogurt and blueberries you’ll put.

          Quick, easy and tasty porridge with blueberry compote is perfect for a breakfast, but it can also be a brunch or even lunch, especially if you’ve already had brunch. It takes only 10 minutes to make – 5 minutes of preparation and 5 minutes of cooking.

          Porridge oats provide you with fiber, which helps you lower cholesterol. You don’t need probiotic drinks, if you eat porridge oats, as they provide you with more than enough fiber to keep your stomach running smoothly.

          5. Kale, Spinach & Pear Smoothie

          Kale, Spinach & Pear Smoothie

            Ingredients:

            • 1 heaping cup spinach leaves
            • 1 heaping cup chopped kale leaves
            • 1/2 pear
            • 1 frozen banana
            • 1 1/2 cups cold almond milk (or soy milk or orange juice)
            • 1 tablespoon honey

            Put kale, almond milk and spinach in a blender. Don’t forget to remove the leaves from kale, and blend until there are only small pieces of kale. Add a banana, honey and a pear. Keep blending until it’s smooth.

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            With just a bit of healthy fats from the almond milk, not too many calories and 5g fiber it is a great help if you have digestion problems, as it eliminates toxins with fiber. Also, spinach is great source of niacin, protein and zinc, as well as fiber. When you add powerful healthy bananas, you get one of the healthiest smoothies to keep you energized and healthy until dinner time. You may have doubts about the taste, but be sure that the taste of this green smoothie will blow you away.

            6. Open sandwiches – Crushed bean, artichoke & red onion

            Crushed bean, artichoke & red onion

              Ingredients:

              • 1 slice granary bread
              • 1 small can white bean
              • basil oil
              • artichoke heart, from a jar
              • sundried tomatoes, from a jar
              • few slices red onion

              Put a little oil and white (haricot) beans in a bowl and mash. Throw it on a slice of bread, previously toasted if you like, and put an artichoke, tomatoes and red onion on top. Feel free to top with basil oil.

              This sandwich is very quick and easy to make, and because it is very nutritious, it can be a perfect lunch in a rush. If you have just 5 minutes to eat, this sandwich will keep you healthy and energized. The haricot beans are rich in fiber, and as such help lower cholesterol. Moreover, they prevent rapid rising of blood sugar levels right after a meal. If you are a diabetic, and you have planned meals, when you are in a rush this sandwich will definitely be perfect for you. The combination of extremely healthy artichoke hearts, haricot beans and onions makes for one healthy and tasty lunch.

              7. Bold & beautiful coffee smoothie

              Bold & beautiful coffee smoothie

                Ingredients:

                • 1 frozen banana
                • 8g chia seeds
                • 125ml coconut water
                • 1 tsp ground almonds
                • 1 shot of espresso

                This smoothie is so simple. Just put all ingredients in a blender, and blend until it’s smooth. This smoothie recommended by Jamie Oliver is usually a great breakfast. But, if you had a light brunch, then this smoothie will be a perfect addition. The worst mistake is not to have a snack at lunchtime, because of a late breakfast or light brunch, as your body needs energy to keep you focused and productive. Also, the greatest reason is definitely your health.

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                The night before, put a banana in the freezer, as it is the most important ingredient of this smoothie. Except for that, this smoothie doesn’t require a long preparation. While coconut water keeps you hydrated, the health benefits of coffee shouldn’t be neglected either. Except for boosting your physical performance, coffee is rich in antioxidants, which is the reason it is included in many diets. Moreover, chia seeds provide you with omega 3 healthy acids and protein.

                8. Fresh Cranberry and Orange Smoothie

                Fresh Cranberry and Orange Smoothie

                  Ingredients:

                  • 1 cup almond milk
                  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
                  • 2/3 cup frozen cranberries
                  • 2 oranges, peeled, segmented, and seeded
                  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

                  Combine everything in a blender, and when it is smooth, serve it. As this smoothie is a replacement for your lunch, and is also recommended if you had something to eat a bit later in the morning, make sure you use full-fat Greek yogurt. You need some energy to keep you going until dinner, so don’t think that you will gain weight because of half a cup of yogurt.

                  However, if you are having this smoothie as a snack after a big meal, then use non-fat yogurt. As smoothies can negatively impact your teeth, particularly ones with highly acidic fruits like oranges, make sure to brush your teeth or at least rinse with water after you’ve had this quick meal. On the other hand, cranberries are always a plus, as they prevent germs from sticking to your teeth. Also, they are good for preventing urinary tract infections, and improving immune functions.

                  Lunch is an important meal, which needs to keep you fueled and focused, while making sure you stay healthy. Avoid junk food, as there are no health benefits and plenty of downsides. When it comes to smoothies, they can be a great replacement for a lunch, when you are in a rush, but make sure it doesn’t happen every day.

                  These meals will definitely help you get the needed vitamins, fiber, some iron and proteins, but still it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend at least one day in the kitchen preparing something more complex. If you had a light and early breakfast, it is not recommended to have a smoothie for lunch, but as you are in a rush, opt for gingered tofu or spiced quinoa. Bon appétit!

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                  Ivan Dimitrijevic

                  Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                  12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                  12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                  As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

                  1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

                  I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

                  Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

                  Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

                  2. What is the purpose of meditation?

                  The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

                  It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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                  Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

                  In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

                  You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

                  This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

                  The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

                  Less Physical, More Psychological

                  Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

                  This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

                  The First Benefit of Meditation

                  The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

                  1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
                  2. Relaxation of the body

                  Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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                  Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

                  That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

                  When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

                  When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

                  Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

                  Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

                  This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

                  Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

                  Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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                  This benefit takes you to the second one.

                  The Second Benefit of Meditation

                  While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

                  1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
                  2. Observance
                  3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
                  4. Patience

                  Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

                  You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

                  This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

                  1. Energy

                  Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

                  2. Observance

                  The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

                  3. Peacefulness

                  Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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                  4. Patience

                  The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

                  The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

                  Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

                  Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

                  The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

                  • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
                  • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
                  • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
                  • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
                  • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
                  • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

                  These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

                  Final Thoughts

                  Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

                  Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

                  Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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                  Reference

                  [1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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