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Meal Prep: Cutting Vegetables For The Week

Meal Prep: Cutting Vegetables For The Week

Do you work a lot and don’t have enough time to spend in the kitchen cooking delicious and healthy foods? I know how frustrating it can be. With constant flow of projects to work on, it can be quite difficult to sit down and have a normal meal, but eating fast food isn’t an ideal option either.

Luckily, I have found a perfect way to eat healthy meals throughout the week without cooking for hours each day. The secret is in meal prepping. Throughout this post I’m going to show you different ways you can prepare your meals and eat healthy foods throughout the week. Let’s start.

Benefits of meal prepping

If you don’t have the habit of planning and prepping your meals, here are some benefits that will inspire you to do so:

  • Saving time and money

  • Eliminating the stress from situations when you don’t know what to cook during the week

  • Helping you avoid unhealthy choices

  • Makes shopping easier

  • Helps you stay on track if you’re following some diet.

Main benefit of meal prepping is that you can sort out your meals for the upcoming week which works perfectly if you have a busy lifestyle and don’t get to cook as much as you’d like to.

1. Chicken meal prep

Chicken meal prep

    There are multiple reasons to eat chicken. For example; it builds muscle, makes bones healthy, relieves stress, reduces Premenstrual Syndrome symptoms, boosts immunity and testosterone levels, promotes heart health etc. To have chicken ready throughout the week you can follow this easy recipe. All you have to do is to divide a baking sheet with aluminum foil, add chicken, and a variety of herbs and spices to prepare three different styles at once. Detailed instructions are here.

    2. Pre-assemble jarred lunch salads

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    Pre-assemble jarred lunch salads

      Salads are incredibly nutritious; they are packed with vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients that boost your immunity, prevent cardiovascular diseases, and improve energy levels. It’s needless to mention that salads are excellent sources of fiber which is necessary for healthy digestion and weight loss.

      Jarred salads belong to the group of the best ideas for healthy meals and this method of prepping veggies is incredibly simple. You just have to prepare all the ingredients and combine them in the jar. Greatest benefit of this method is the ability to make various salads, dare to experiment with ingredients. See how it’s done here.

      3. Muffin-cup soufflé with green onion

      Muffin-Cup-Souffles-Egg-Muffins

        Although the recipe contains bacon (which you can skip if not a fan) it’s still very healthy due to green onions and ginger. For instance, ginger reduces muscle pain, has anti-inflammatory properties, lowers blood sugar, improves heart health etc. Combine the ingredients with eggs and make healthy muffins that you can store and eat for breakfast throughout the week. The recipe is here.

        4. Bag up smoothie ingredients

        Bag up smoothie ingredients

          Smoothies are abundant in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber all of which are necessary for overall health and wellbeing. Prepare different smoothie combinations, bag them up, and just blend when you feel like having your smoothie. It’s that easy, but here are detailed instructions and smoothie ideas.

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          5. Customize healthy oatmeal jars

          Customize healthy oatmeal jars

            Oatmeal has multiple health benefits such as weight management, blood pressure regulation, reduces LDL cholesterol, lowers risk of colon cancer, regulates blood sugar etc. Eating oatmeal for breakfast fits perfectly into the healthy lifestyle we’re trying to go for, plus it’s very fast. You can make this “process” even faster by making customized healthy oatmeal jars where you’ll mix fruits and oats. Greatest benefit of this meal prepping method is an endless amount of combinations you can make. Check out some ideas here.

            6. Roast different veggies with same cooking time

            Veggie-bowls

              Vegetables are an inseparable part of a healthy diet and it was already mentioned above how beneficial they are to us. To make sure you eat enough veggies throughout the week, meal prepping is a good way to go. Combine different veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus etc. roast them in the baking sheet, divide in Tupperware bowls and combine with chicken and other ingredients to have your lunch (or dinner) ready throughout the week. This is the type of lunch you can take to work. Get the recipe here.

              7. Chop or spiralize raw vegetables in advance

              Chop or spiralize raw vegetables in advance

                Chopping and spiralizing vegetables doesn’t take up too much time. However, when you have a hectic schedule, tight deadlines, or even children to take care of, it can be an additional stress. With this simple method, you can avoid frustrations easily and speed up your dinnertime. All you have to do is 30 seconds per 1 vegetable and your meal is ready. Chop, spiralize, store, and relax. See how it’s done here.

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                Conclusion

                Meal prepping is ideal for people with tight schedules who still want to eat healthy foods. The practice is based on preparing healthy meals to eat throughout the week which is equally good for your health and budget at the same time. With different methods from this article, you’ll get to eat delicious and healthy foods without spending too much time in the kitchen.

                References

                https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/general-health/drinking-water-before-meal-makes-you-fitter.html

                https://www.glozine.com/lifestyle/health/two-meals-daily-treats-type-2-diabetes.html

                https://www.thebeautyinsiders.com/meals-that-flatten-your-belly.html

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                Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                Listen carefully:

                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                1. Pray Daily

                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                3. Smile Often

                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                8. Go Exercise

                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                The Bottom Line

                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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