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5 Salads That Stay Fresh All Week Long (With Recipes)

5 Salads That Stay Fresh All Week Long (With Recipes)

Nothing exemplifies the image of good health like a salad. But you don’t always have time to get food that is healthy, much less prepare it. Your busy schedule has you grabbing coffees from Starbucks or snacks out of the vending machine for lunch when what you really need is a solid meal to increase your energy and maximize your health. If this is you, then you are not alone. Eating a salad once a day is a good way to develop and maintain healthy eating habits. You may think you don’t have time to cut up a salad every day, but there are other ways to work around that. How about preparing all five salads for your work week on Sunday night?

You can mix it up and make each salad taste different and fresh with various toppings and dressings. This article will help you save time, money, and hunger pains by offering five simple and quick salad recipes that you can make on Sunday and will taste just as fresh and good on Friday. But first, let’s discuss a few basics:

You have two options for containers for your on-the-go salads: BPA-free plastic containers with lids and glass mason jars. Both are fairly inexpensive ($1 to $3), dishwasher safe, and lightweight. While it’s not very difficult, there is an art to packing your food in both the containers and the jars. For a tutorial on both, head on over to Kim’s Cravings. Ingredients will largely depend upon what you like in your salad. Some may prefer eggs while other prefer walnuts (I prefer neither), tofu versus chicken or bacon, cheese or no cheese, and so forth. What you buy for your salad will be your choice, but you should stick as close as possible to the packing tutorial Kim gives to help keep the ingredients fresh.

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Now for the recipes:

New York Style Chopped Salad

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    This salad is generally easy to prepare and comes with a load of ingredients that will delight your tastebuds. Besides the greens and romaine leaves, there are mushrooms, kidney and garbanzo beans, avocado, eggs, asparagus, and cheese, among a few other things. Head over to The Pioneer Woman for more details.

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    BLT Chopped Salad With Corn, Feta, and Avocado

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      Do you prefer your veggies with tortilla chips? Well, here’s the salad for you. This salad allows for a tangy inclusion of bacon, sweet corn, avocado, and feta, topped with olive oil, lime, and loads of salt and pepper. Looks complicated? Not really — it’s quite simple and quick to make. Let Jessica at How Sweet It Is show you how.

      Mediterranean Chopped Salad With Tomatoes, Peppers, Feta, and Basil

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      Mediterranean-Chopped-Salad

        So, you’re a bright, sunshiny person who loves walks on the beach in the middle of summer. Well, this salad will give you that lovin’ feeling while you’re at work or on the go. Mediterranean vegetables such as red onions, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and cherry tomatoes are tossed in a light vinaigrette with feta cheese, Dijon mustard, and balsamic or red wine vinegar to make this summer delight. See how J. Kenji López-Alt stirs it up at Serious Eats.

        Blueberry Chicken Superfood Salad

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          Gotta get those superfoods in some way, right? Well, this recipe never gets old. Filled with so many simple salad ingredients (greens, chicken, pecans, cheese), blueberries adds a bit of pizzazz and a large dose of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and all that good stuff. Let Ali at Gimme Some Oven show you how.

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          Easy Summer Herb and Chickpea Chopped Salad with Goat Cheese

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            This salad may say summer in the title, but you can make it all year long. The ingredient that sets this off is quinoa (and, yes, the grilled corn and goat cheese). There is no cooking involved and setting it in the fridge for a couple of days makes the dressing and all the ingredients marinade together for a delightful lunch. Half Baked Harvest sets it up nicely.

            Do you have a favorite salad recipe that is easy for work-a-day people to make and take with them for lunch? Share it in the comments below. Happy salad making!

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            Last Updated on September 28, 2020

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

            Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

            One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

            When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

            So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

            Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

            This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

            Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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            When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

            Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

            One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

            Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

            An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

            When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

            Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

            Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

            We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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            By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

            Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

            While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

            I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

            You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

            Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

            When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

            Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

            Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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            Con #2: Less Human Interaction

            One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

            Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

            Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

            This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

            While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

            Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

            Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

            This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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            For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

            Con #4: Unique Distractions

            Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

            For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

            To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

            Final Thoughts

            Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

            We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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