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25 Ideas for Delicious and Healthy Lunches You Can Take to Work

25 Ideas for Delicious and Healthy Lunches You Can Take to Work
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Preparing and bringing meals to work can feel awkward when you’re accustomed to running out and grabbing a meal on break. This habit can really start to put a dent in your wallet and your health when choices are limited to cheap fast food or fresh but expensive, made-for-you meals.

Try balancing the scale a bit and prepping a couple meals for lunch each week.

If you’re stuck on what to make, here are 25 ideas of healthy lunches you can bring to work without breaking the bank or sucking too much time from your routine.

1. Sweet Potato Hummus

    Hummus is a nutritious dip or spread that can go with just about anything! Making your own gives you the know over exactly what’s in your meal.

    Pack a small dish with your homemade dip, fresh carrots, celery, and grapes, with whole grain chips, pitas, or sliced bread for a cafe-style lunch box.

    ~ Get the recipe here!

    2. Chicken, Rice & Veggies

      It sounds all too easy, but why pay for a rice bowl when you can make one fresh from home? Simply cook your rice and steam your favorite vegetables ahead of time.

      Add chicken, steak, or grilled tofu on top. Sprinkle with parsley, cumin, or curry according to your palate.

      ~ Get the recipe here!

      3. Slow Cooker Curried Butternut Squash Stew

        Curry is a profound spice with a multitude of health benefits. With this stew, you give your digestive system a bit of a break from heavy meats and meals.

        It’s a great option if you’re trying to stick to a cleanse or reset before Fall arrives. This recipe makes it easy on you to prep and let the crockpot do the rest!

        ~ Get the recipe here!

        4. Spicy Tuna Sandwiches

          Only a few ingredients are needed to complete this quick mix in under 15 minutes.

          Tuna is a good source for protein and essential fatty acids. This recipe kicks it up a notch with protein powered beans and a little heat.

          All that’s left is to choose your favorite bread or hoagie, (whole grain is recommended). Top with fresh tomato, avocado, and even bacon to take this everyday sandwich over the top.

          ~ Get the recipe here!

          5. Steak Fajita Salad

            Fajitas are fun to eat and simple to cook. Using fresh produce for your meal utilizes the powerful effects they have when freshly ripened.

            Onions are strong detoxifiers and bell peppers are hydrating and provide vitamins unique to their colors. Steak is a great source for protein, but try to go grass-fed if you can!

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            The same dish can be made with alternative proteins, and even salmon or shrimp if you’re craving seafood.

            ~ Get the recipe here!

            6. Turkey and Mashed Potato Casserole

              This nontraditional casserole is great for when the weather starts to cool down.

              Potatoes catch a bad carb reputation, however if you’re really busting your tail during the week, extra carbs will support your efforts, not kill them.

              For variety, mix in seasonal veggies before you bake it. Then, you can enjoy leftovers or bring it to share with your coworkers!

              ~ Get the recipe here!

              7. Tofu Lettuce Wraps

                This easy lunch barely requires any cooking and serves your body with lightweight nutrients to keep you running through the rest of your day.

                You can also swap the tofu for grilled chicken, or add lightly diced and grilled veggies to mix up your leftovers for the following day.

                ~ Get the recipe here!

                8. Thanksgiving Waffles

                  This dish will be sure to satisfy a few up and coming cravings as we welcome Fall season and holidays.

                  Turkey naturally boosts your body’s happy chemical- serotonin, and cranberries are a powerfully cleansing fruit packed with vitamin C. I’d recommend making your own waffle mix with gluten-free flour, like coconut or almond flour. All around, this may be one of the best recipe ideas ever.

                  Get the recipe here!

                  9. Southwest Chicken Wrap

                    Wraps are perfect options for a busy day. They are easy to make, store, and eat on the go while providing you with enough fuel to conquer your schedule.

                    For really fresh flavor, I’d hit the farmer’s market to buy your corn and peppers. But if needed, frozen veggies work just fine!

                    You can grab a cooked rotisserie chicken to make it even easier on yourself, too! Vegans may enjoy the same dish with a creamy garlic and almond cream dressing and alternative cheese.

                    ~ Get the recipe here!

                    10. Lemon Chicken & Asparagus Stir-Fry

                      With only a couple of ingredients, this dish is fairly quick to make. Lemon juice helps to preserve foods and keep them fresh longer.

                      You can change out and mix up your rice for couscous, quinoa, or noodles.

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                      ~ Get the recipe here!

                      11. Apple, Almond Butter, & Granola Sandwiches

                        If you ever find yourself craving sweets at lunch time, these sandwiches may be your new best friend.

                        Apples are energizing and contain cleansing properties to boost your metabolism, while almond butter is a rich source for healthy fats. Pairing these with whole grain granola provides a balanced and inexpensive meal for your lunch hour.

                        ~ Get the recipe here!

                        12. Veggie & Hummus Sandwich

                          Hummus spreads have caught a lot of hype, and for good reason! It’s a delicious way to get in protein and fiber, as well as minerals that support your nervous system.

                          If you’re not a fan of sprouts, try using fresh bell peppers or sliced cucumbers for a refreshing pop.

                          ~ Get the recipe here!

                          13. Taco Salad in a Jar

                            Made with ground turkey rather than beef, this recipe is much lighter on your stomach and easy to pack the night before.

                            You can also add fresh salsa with mango and parsley, baby Kale instead of romaine lettuce for a superfood boost, and alternative cheese for an allergen friendly choice.

                            ~ Get the recipe here!

                            14. Apricot & Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich

                              Chicken salad is an easy go-to when you’re short on time or want to prep for the week.

                              Apricots pack a serious punch when it comes to digestive and circulatory health. They are especially great for women’s reproductive health.

                              Almonds help to burn excess fats and rebuild muscles mass, making them a perfect blend of nutrients as well.

                              For a vegan option, use grilled tofu instead of chicken.

                              ~ Get the recipe here!

                              15. Shrimp and Grits

                                Shrimp are a light source of protein and are easy to prepare for this slow-cooker idea.

                                You can change out a few ingredients to make it dairy-free, using nut-milk alternatives for the butter and creams.

                                You can also add hearty veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes instead of grits for a rich source of healthy carbs to keep you full and focused.

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                                ~ Get the recipe here!

                                16. Sesame-Ginger Noodles

                                  Another light dish with multiple choices to mix and match ingredients to your liking.

                                  You could use veggie noodles for extra nutritional boost and top with various seeds, almonds, avocado.

                                  Add lightly grilled chicken, tofu, or steak on top for satisfying protein and you’re good to go!

                                  ~ Get the recipe here!

                                  17. Sun-Dried-Tomato & Pasta Salad

                                    Tomatoes are an excellent source for vitamin C. Pair them with a delicious pasta, whether its whole grain, brown rice pasta, or even zucchini noodles, and you’ve got a meal that will help you stay lean without missing a beat.

                                    ~ Get the recipe here!

                                    18. Wheat Berry & Citrus Salad

                                      This lunch recipe can go just about anywhere with you. It doesn’t require much to make and can be cooked in larger batches so you can get the most from your leftovers.

                                      A dairy-free version can be made without the Feta cheese, or by swapping for a vegan alternative.

                                      ~ Get the recipe here!

                                      19. Miso Sweet Potato and Broccoli Bowl

                                        Sweet potatoes are great sources for carbs because they are rich in vitamins and minerals that support your digestive system and a healthy metabolism.

                                        Broccoli provides rich green nutrients and helps to cleanse your body and support your immune system.

                                        Combining the two creates a delicious, guilt-free lunch that works to keep you operating at your best and brightest!

                                        ~ Get the recipe here!

                                        20. Chickpea, Cherry Tomato & Feta Salad

                                          Chickpea contains muscle-building amino acids, protein, and healthy fats that also support weight goals and mental performance.

                                          To make this dish totally vegan or vegetarian, simply nix the feta and go with a vegan cheese for the creamy effect.

                                          ~ Get the recipe here!

                                          21. One-Pot Pesto & Pea Pasta

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                                            If you’ve only got one pot to spare, it’s all you need to cook this dish in under 30 minutes.

                                            You can purchase pesto from the store or try your hand at homemade. Making your own pesto with freshly picked Basil leaves is a wonderful way to connect with your food.

                                            Still feel like it needs a little something more? Add cherry tomatoes, olives, and chicken for an even more fulfilling meal.

                                            For gluten-free options, you can also try the same recipe with brown rice pasta or veggie noodles.

                                            ~ Get the recipe here!

                                            22. Macaroni Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

                                              Mix up your traditional pasta salad with homemade avocado spread!

                                              You can definitely stretch this as a side for a few lunches, pairing each with a different protein like a garlic-lemon chicken or top it off with baked salmon!

                                              ~ Get the recipe here!

                                              23. No-Bake Oat, Peanut Butter, & Granola Bars

                                                If you know your day is going to be non-stop, these easy granola bars may be your saving grace! You only need to mix together 4 ingredients and chill the bars to firm.

                                                Delicious, healthy, and easy for any day of the week. And the kids love them, too!

                                                ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                24. Cucumber-Lox Toast

                                                  Here’s another quick fix made with only five ingredients! This recipe gives you about 12 grams of protein, plus the health benefits found in yogurt like natural probiotics.

                                                  If you choose whole grain bread, the whole meal with remain very low in fat and boost your energy for the second half of your day.

                                                  If you only want to bring one or two slices, it would pair well with a side of fresh berries, sliced apples, or banana chips.

                                                  ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                  25. Blueberry-Orange Parfait

                                                    Parfaits don’t have to be just breakfast or dessert, they can make filling lunches. This one is made with fresh and energizing fruit.

                                                    You can add almonds, granola, and even more fruit for a larger portion.

                                                    ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                    With these 25 healthy lunch recipes, you can spice up your lunch break without breaking the bank. From now on, you can get the most from your lunch break with fresh and healthy lunches!

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                                                    100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                    100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                                    Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                                    By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                                    Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                                    83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                                      84 write random letter

                                                        85 use a rubberband

                                                          86 dorm smell bad

                                                            87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                              89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                                90 take a picture of the name card

                                                                  91 iron inside out

                                                                    92 old newspaper

                                                                      93 tumble try shoes

                                                                        keep a card like this

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                                                                            94 soap bar

                                                                              95 make a hole

                                                                                96 drop the battery

                                                                                  97 use a coozie

                                                                                    98 when taking a picture

                                                                                      use a clean dust pan

                                                                                        try a pants hanger

                                                                                          use your cellphone light

                                                                                            use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                              quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                                user binder clips

                                                                                                  wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                                    put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                                      clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                        use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                          doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                            use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                              use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                                freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                                  use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                                    almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                                      sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                        unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                          cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                            remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                              turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                                for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                                  how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                                    tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                                      place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                        ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                          use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                            take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                              how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                                put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                                  How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                                    user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                                      good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                        turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                          50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                            the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                              add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                                  hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                                    stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                                      the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                        how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                          the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                            use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                              to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                                user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                                  a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                                    rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                                      use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                                        50

                                                                                                                                                                                          51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                            52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                              rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                                  use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                                                    58

                                                                                                                                                                                                      59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                        60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                          hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                              hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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