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7 Quick And Healthy Lunch Recipes For Busy People

7 Quick And Healthy Lunch Recipes For Busy People

Are you tired of your regular lunches? Most of us tend to be very busy during lunch, so we just grab what we are used to eating or what tastes good and is quick to eat. However, that can lead us to eat lunches that might not be so healthy for us, such as fast food and quickly made sandwiches high in fat, refined carbohydrates, and processed ingredients.

So, give these quick and healthy lunch recipes a try this week, and remember the nutritional trio for a healthy lunch: lean protein, fiber from veggies and whole grains, and a touch of healthy fat. With this combo at your side, you’ll not only feel great but also be fuller for longer too.

Eat up!

1. Broccoli and Chickpea Rice Bowl

    86 Lemons

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    Protein, fiber, and healthy fats are found in this quick and healthy Broccoli and Chickpea Rice Bowl, and you can even make this ahead and enjoy it all week long!

    2. Poached Eggs on Sourdough With Avocado Sauce

      Danielle Omar

      Eggs aren’t just for breakfast, they also make great sources of protein for quick and healthy lunch recipes. Sourdough is a healthier bread you can use and is full of flavor. Avocados are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats to help keep you full (and happy!). Give this trio of trifecta a try in this Poached Eggs on Sourdough with Avocado Sauce recipe!

      3. BBQ Mahi Mahi With Pineapple and Basmati Rice

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        The Soulful Spoon

        Fish is an excellent source of lean protein, pineapple is packed with Vitamin C, and the Basmati and wild rice seen in this recipe are wonderful sources of amino acids and antioxidants– plus fiber too. You can make this dish ahead of time or have it ready in just under 10 minutes if you have the rice made already. Or, make it in just 20 minutes all from scratch!

        4. Vegan Chickpea Lemon Rice

          Bam’s Kitchen

          Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are a great source of B vitamins, protein, fiber, and trace minerals. They even contain a little bit of healthy fats too! Here in this recipe, they’re paired with rice which is another good source of many minerals as well as a good source of complex carbohydrates. Make this Vegan Chickpea Lemon Rice ahead, and keep it in the fridge so you can have it ready to go anytime you want it!

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          5. Steamed Turmeric Salmon With Peppered Veggies

            The Soulful Spoon

            Fish and vegetables make a great combo when it comes to protein, fiber, and healthy fats. This recipe for Steamed Turmeric Salmon With Peppered Veggies is quick to prepare, low in sodium, heart-healthy, and also a very filling option that won’t weigh you down!

            6. Garden Tuna Salad Sandwich

              Country Living

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              Tuna salad sandwiches are a favorite quick lunch recipe for many, and this unique recipe takes things to a fresher flavor level with some garden herbs, fennel, apple, and fresh greens. Forget the pickles and try something new with your tuna salad!

              7. Veggies in the Raw Bistro Box

                The Skinny Fork

                Bistro boxes are another favorite among many people, and it’s easy to make a healthy bistro box with your favorite fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, protein source, and whole grains if you choose. Try this tasty version out, created by The Skinny Fork blog!

                Remember, lunch can be whatever you want it to be, so think outside the box. Have breakfast for lunch, dinner for lunch, or just have a mixed bag of healthy foods you enjoy. Quick, easy, and healthy is the name of the game—don’t overthink it!

                For more healthy lunch ideas that are anything but boring, check out these 20 non-sandwich recipes and give one a try!

                Featured photo credit: The Soulful Spoon/ Heather McClees via heathermcclees.com

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                Last Updated on June 26, 2019

                I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

                I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

                Hating life is a bit of a misnomer it seems: in the media, in education, in every aspect of our lives, we’re shown visions of a perfect world, one where everyone is happy and life is a decades-long dream. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

                Life can and is hard and tough and painful at times. I have first-hand experience of this: at this time years ago, I was a recent university graduate, unemployed and aimless. All of this was having a knock-on effect on my social and mental wellbeing—I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t seeing my friends as often. I was snappy to family members and I could barely drag myself out of bed in the morning…

                That doesn’t mean it can’t change.

                Life goes through ebbs and flows all the time and the key to getting through it all without cutting off your social circle and eating your local grocery store out of Ben & Jerry’s, is to cultivate some techniques and methods of going through life with some stability and grace. It’s not a guarantee against life’s hardships but, take the steps you want to use and you won’t hate life.

                If you want to stop hating your life and start falling in love with it, take these steps:

                1. Get Plenty of Sleep

                Seriously, you’re obviously going to be grouchy and more inclined towards the more miserable side, if you’re not getting your recommended seven or more hours of sleep a night.

                Start checking in how much you sleep and then start making steps to go to bed earlier and sleep for longer. It might cure every problem but at least you’ll be well-rested and less likely to nap throughout the day. If you having trouble getting to sleep, go and

                2. Eat Healthily

                I have had a real issue with eating healthily for years and it wasn’t until I was hospitalised a few years ago (for a condition unrelated to my eating for the sake of disclosure), that I really started to look at what I ate and how I viewed my body.

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                I’m absolutely an advocate of body positivity and loving your body at any size and while I haven’t lost any huge amount of weight, eating a hell of a lot healthier improved my mood and made me feel better.

                In short, it’s absolutely okay to have a pizza and a soda as a treat, but just have something healthier tomorrow.

                3. Write It All Down

                Sometimes the best thing you can do is let it all out. Keeping things that are making you hate life all bottled up is neither helpful to getting out of that cycle nor healthy for your overall wellbeing.

                Grab yourself a notebook, a journal, a diary, a bit of paper, whatever, and just start writing down how you feel. As soon as you’ve done that, start thinking about what you could do in theory to stop this from happening or to stop you from feeling like this.

                4. Get Some Fresh Air

                It’s underrated and we all take it for granted, but really, getting out of your home and going for a walk can be really beneficial. It gets you outside in the (hopefully) sunshine and getting to see the whole of life as you walk around can be really grounding and calming.

                Believe me, if you’re stuck inside mulling over on the bad things of your life, grab a pair of sneakers and go for a walk. Plus, it’s free. Can’t say better than that, can you?

                5. Get Some Exercise

                This is practically a Part II of the previous step, but as someone who used to look at the gym as something people did when they were feeling particularly masochistic, I can actually say I enjoy it now.

                You don’t even have to subscribe to a fancy gym—go for a run around the block with your headphones in or lift some heavy boxes to build up muscle tone.

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                Bonus: Doing all that heavy lifting of boxes or incorporating exercise into chores will make your house cleaner and look even more awesome, as well as making you look and feel better.

                6. Treat Yourself

                Hating your life can be exhausting, and I mean that literally. It drains the energy from you until all you want to do is lie in bed with a pint of ice cream and the last five seasons of a TV show on Netflix.

                Therefore, a good thing to keep your spirits up can be to treat yourself.

                Life is too short, after all, to deny yourself some treats. Go see that movie that looks awesome in the cinema, grab a gelato with a friend, paint your nails, whatever makes you happy, do it. You deserve it.

                Here’re more ideas to inspire you: 30 Ways To Treat Yourself No Matter What

                7. Cut out Those Negative Triggers

                Chances are that if you hate life, something is setting off those triggers in your head. Until you’re able to deal with them without turning all misanthropic, the best thing might be just to get rid of all of those negative triggers.

                If you’re suffering from what AllGroanUp refer to as “Obsessive Comparison Disorder” (i.e. obsessively checking out the lifestyles of all your “successful” friends), then stop using Facebook and Twitter as much.

                Social media can be a fantastic way to connect, but it can be also be a toxic environment for neuroses and comparisons to breed.

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                Trust me, I know. If it sets you off, cut it out.

                8. Dance

                Yes you can dance. No, really, you can. It doesn’t matter if you’re not some breakdancing dynamo or ballroom extraordinaire, everyone can dance. It’s programmed into the human race, the ultimate expression of emotion.

                Dance like no one’s watching, dance like you don’t care. Tap your feet, sway your hips, go as mad or as wild as you want to to your favourite songs. Nothing quite shakes the cobwebs off than losing yourself in rhythm and dance to a song you love.

                9. Get Organized

                A great way to start moving forward and looking at what you can change in your life to make it better, is to get organized.

                Spend a weekend going through your home and clearing the unnecessary stuff out of it. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or don’t want anymore and start to give everything a space.

                It doesn’t have to look like it’s stepped off the pages of Good Housekeeping, but clearing a lot of space and making sure that your home has a bit of harmony can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.

                10. Pay It Forward

                Life is a mystery and it can be a minefield to get through. Sometimes you stumble, sometimes you fall. The important part is to pick yourself back up and keep walking forward.

                Paying it forward is simply helping others. Charity is something that is often thrown around as an accessory to human behavior—how many celebrities have you read about who have done something heinous, but are defended by the phrase “but [they] do charity work”?

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                Go volunteer! If you think you’re at breaking point, go help other people.

                People in the world out there will be going through the same things that you are going through; and while you might not run into someone who’s going through the exact same circumstances, you will be helping people who need help.

                Helping out a soup kitchen, or at a church bake sale, or at a homeless shelter or wherever needs help, can make a huge difference to the lives of those individuals involved. And believe me, it’ll do a hell of a lot for your state of mind .

                A great idol of mine, Audrey Hepburn, once stated that we have two hands: one for helping ourselves, and one for helping others. That’s a fantastic sentiment and one I think will help people who hate their live.

                If you go and help other people, you’re having such a positive ripple effect on the world that some of it will come back to you one way or another, and it will get better.

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