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For Busy People: How To Cook Healthy In Less Than 30 Minutes

For Busy People: How To Cook Healthy In Less Than 30 Minutes

People are busier than ever nowadays. Whether you are a single mother, entrepreneur, or an underpaid and overworked employee, you know that you are busy. According to a recent Gallup survey, most Americans are no longer working 40 hours a week but rather 47 hours a week.

With rising inflation and stagnant wages, the majority of the employees in the workforce are forced to work more to maintain their lifestyle. Unfortunately, they are faced with making one of the biggest sacrifices, which is losing more of their free time. Almost no one would disagree that it is hard to eat healthier when you lack the time to prepare your own meals.

Many people opt for nutrition bars as a meal replacement, but many of them are heavily processed with preservatives and artificial ingredients. Alternatively, they may choose to buy a salad at a fast food restaurant. Unfortunately, most fast food restaurants either use heavily irradiated produce or preservatives. Neither option is ideal for someone who desires to eat healthier.

Hope is not lost though. Here are three ways that people can cook healthy in less than 30 minutes.

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1. Quick Combo Meals

It is possible to create satisfying meals by focusing on foods that require little to no cooking. Think about some of your favorite foods. Which foods do you like to eat raw? Which foods do you like to eat that can be cooked in 30 minutes?

One of my favorite quick combo meals is a whole avocado with black olives and nopales. The only thing that I need to cook is the nopales, and it takes about 10 minutes to heat in a frying pan. Avocados are high in protein, which can be an excellent choice to keep you full until the next meal.

Svetlana Ustinova (Owner of IGotOffer.com) suggests cooking an egg omelet. It is “healthy, high in protein, and naturally fat-free. Not only is it easy to make but it is very convenient as a busy businesswoman with three toddlers.”

You may take it a step further by adding some vegetables that you can quickly slice with two slices of bread to make a sandwich. There are many options that you can create based on your food preferences. The meal combinations are endless.

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2. Soups

Soups are a meal choice that can definitely keep you full until the next meal. It is best to plan your soup recipe beforehand so you can focus all of your efforts on preparing the meal. You can start by cutting the vegetables while you are waiting for the water to boil in the pot.

My favorite is a special recipe of mine called the OMG soup. OMG is an acronym for onions, mushrooms, and greens. I cook the mushrooms and greens in the pot. I typically use a trio of kale, arugula, and chard, but you are welcome to pick your own trio of vegetables. Lastly, I add the raw onions, sea salt, and two tablespoons of olive oil when the soup is finished.

I welcome you to try it. I also call it the OMG soup because I am almost sure that you will say “Oh My God” when eating it. There are many kinds of soup that you can prepare based on your personal food preferences.

3. Salads

As mentioned earlier, most busy people tend to buy their salads from the famous fast food restaurants, which typically offer better prices. Alternatively, some busy people do opt for a more expensive option. However, higher prices do not necessarily equate to higher quality.

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While most people do not have access to local farms or food co-ops, they can still take an extra step to ensure better food quality. You can choose to buy organic produce at your local supermarket. Moreover, you will also be likely to find organic oils there that you can use as a salad dressing.

Most people tend to eat the same fruits and vegetables on a daily basis unless they are challenged with a particular health condition that restricts them from eating more fruits and vegetables. The variety of produce is plentiful. You should not wait to be a victim of a disease for you to diversify your choices of produce.

There are many salads that you can choose to prepare based on your food preferences.

What About Snacks?

If you like snacks as much as me, do not fret. Preparing most of these snacks will take no more than an additional five minutes or no extra time at all. Furthermore, these snacks are also much healthier than the typical snacks that people buy like potato chips, cookies, and cupcakes.

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In a previous article, I listed some snack ideas that are not only flavorful but easy to prepare and healthier. I would be interested in hearing your recipes. Could you share one idea for a healthy meal that can be made in less than 30 minutes?

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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