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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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            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

            Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

            Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

            1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

            Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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            2. Stress Relief

            Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

            3. Improved Sleep

            Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

            4. Appetite Control

            Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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            5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

            When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

            6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

            Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

            7. Mosquito Repellant

            Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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            8. Pain Relief

            While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

            9. The New Anti-Viral

            Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

            10. Improved Cognitive Function

            Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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            11. Money Saving

            With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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