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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 December 2, 2018

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                Review Your Past Flow

                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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