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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 December 9, 2019

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

            Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

            Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

            1. Get Rationally Optimistic

            Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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            This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

            In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

            The result: no more mental stress.

            2. Unplug

            Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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            How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

            It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

            Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

            3. Easy on the Caffeine

            Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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            Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

            4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

            That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

            How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

            • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
            • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
            • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

            While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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            5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

            This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

            The result: mental stress will be gone!

            So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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