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15 Delicious And Healthy Recipes For Lazy People

15 Delicious And Healthy Recipes For Lazy People

A healthy meal plan is something many of us would like to adopt. But the idea of eating right can be daunting because many of us are unfamiliar with putting together tasty dishes to replace unwanted foods in our diets.

We tend to assume that eating healthy would mean having to eat foods that are boring and tasteless. Not to mention, we’re also more drawn to convenience than necessity.

I believe that we can all prepare healthy meals with ease without jeopardizing taste and flavour, or drastically changing our style of cooking. Whether it’s an energising breakfast or a simple mid-week supper, a few simple adjustments are all that’s needed to make our meals more balanced and lower in fat and calories.

In this article, I will share 15 delicious and healthy recipes for lazy people who still want to enjoy their food whilst pursing a healthier lifestyle in as little time possible.

 Healthy Breakfast

1. Greek Yoghurt Porridge With Honey, Banana and Almond 

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    Time:

    6 minutes

    What You’ll need:

    1.5 oz porridge oats
    1 cup  semi-skimmed milk
    1 tbsp low-fat Greek yoghurt
    1 tbsp honey
    handful of toasted flaked almonds

    How to prepare:

    Put the oats and 200ml of milk into a small saucepan. Stir well, then place over high heat until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce the heat to low and stir for 3-5 minutes as the porridge thickens. Take the pan from heat and pour into a bowl. Top with a spoonful of yoghurt, a little honey, chopped banana and a scattering of toasted almonds.

    2. Full English Healthy Breakfast 

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      Time:

      12 minutes

      What you’ll need:

      Olive oil
      1 Portobello mushroom
      5 cherry tomatoes
      Sea salt and black pepper
      4 strips of bacon
      2 large eggs
      2 slices of rye bread, toasted

      How to prepare:

      Preheat the grill to the highest setting. Half-fill a wide, shallow pan with water and bring to simmer. Line a large baking sheet with foil, then brush with a little olive oil.

      Trim the mushrooms, removing their stalks, then lay on the baking sheet. Place the cherry tomatoes along side. Drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of each salt and pepper. Lay the bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet. Place under the broiler for 5 minutes until the mushrooms are tender and the bacon is golden brown around the edges.

      To poach the eggs, break each one into a cup. Add a dash of vinegar to the pan of simmering water, and whisk the water in a circular motion to create a whirlpool effect. Gently slide the eggs into the centre of the whirlpool, one at a time, then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Poach for 1-2 minutes.

      Slide the bacon, mushrooms, and tomatoes onto a serving plate. Carefully lift out the poached egg with a slotted spoon, dab the bottom of the spoon with kitchen paper to absorb any excess water and slide onto rye toast. Grind some pepper over the eggs and serve.

      3. Southern Italian Scrambled Eggs On Toast

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        Time:

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        10 Minutes

        What you’ll need:

        4 egg yolks
        2 egg whites
        Olive oil
        Garlic powder
        Parsley
        Slice of thick whole-grain bread
        Tomato paste

        How to prepare:

        Place a nonstick skillet on a burner and turn to a low heat. Pour in a little olive oil. Separate your four eggs yolks from the white into a cup. Keep two of the remaining eggs whites in a separate cup. Pour your 4 egg yolks into the skillet, stir for 1 minute then add the remaining egg whites. Add a pinch of black pepper and salt. Stir in your chopped parsley and garlic powder. Drizzle olive oil. Stir eggs every minute or so until the eggs are mostly solid but still reflect and look moist.Toast your bread and spread the tomato paste evenly. Serve eggs on on top.

        4. Berry & Yoghurt Smoothie 

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          Time:

          2 minutes

          What you’ll need:

          1.5 oz rasberries
          1.5 oz blackberries
          3 heaped tbsp low-fat natural yoghurt
          1 cup of skimmed milk
          1 tbsp of sugar free syrup

          How to prepare:

          Place all ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth, sweetening the mixture with syrup to taste. Serve in a chilled glass. Add ice (optional).

          5. Ricotta & Walnut Baked Mushrooms

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            Time:

            10 minutes

            What you’ll need:

            Olive oil
            3 oz of baby mushrooms
            Sea salt and black pepper
            3 oz of ricotta
            Oregano
            0.5 oz chopped walnuts
            2 slices of multi-seed rye bread or brochette

            How to prepare:

            Heat the oven to 200 degree. Line a large baking sheet with foil and brush with a little olive oil. Place the mushrooms on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

            In a bowl, mix together the ricotta, walnuts and oregano. Spread a teaspoonful of the mixture on top of each mushroom. The drizzle a little olive oil. Bake for 8 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Lightly toast the rye bread in the meantime. Arrange mushrooms on top of the rye bread and serve warm.

            Healthy Lunch

            1. Arugula, Avocado, And Roma Salad

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              Time:

              10 minutes

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              What You’ll need:

              1 bunch of arugula
              Sliced roma tomatos
              Half of an avocado
              Olive oil
              Diced red apples

              How to prepare:

              Wash the arugula properly. Place the leaves in the middle of a towel, roll up both ends and swing ten times to force the remanning water into the towel. Add the arugula to a mixing bowl. Cut the Roma tomatoes into thin slices. Add sea salt and pepper to the mixing bowl. Drizzle the olive oil. Add the tomatoes and diced apples to the mixing bowl and then the mix with your hands. Cut open the avocado with a sharp knife and twist the halves apart like you’re opening a jar. Peel the avocado skin off, and place on a flat surface. Cut into into squares. Then transfer on top of your salad and serve in a bowl.

              2. Herb Omelette With Cherry Tomatos  

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                Time:

                8 minutes

                What you’ll need:

                6 cherry tomatoes
                1 tbsp olive oil
                Sea salt and black pepper
                3 large eggs
                Handful of mixed herb leaves such as parsley and chives.

                How to prepare:

                Halve the cheery tomatoes or cut into quarters. Heat the olive oil in a non stick omelette pan and pour in the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and fry on a medium heat for 1-2 minutes until the tomatoes are soft.

                Meanwhile, lightly beat the eggs in a bowl. Scatter the chopped herbs over the tomatoes, then pour in the eggs. Quickly stir and shake the pan. When the omelette is almost set, take the pan of the heat. Fold the omelette using a spatula. Slide onto a plate and serve immediately.

                3. Smoked Chicken Salad

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                  Time:

                  10 minutes

                  What you’ll need:

                  1 ripe mango
                  1 ripe avocado
                  Squeeze of lemon juice
                  1/3 lb. of smoked chicken breast
                  3.5 oz mixed salad leaves, such as baby spinach and rocket
                  1 tbsp pine nutes
                  Olive oil

                  For the dressing

                  1 tbsp orange juice
                  1 tbsp lemon juice
                  1 tbsp of mustard
                  1 tbsp olive oil
                  Sea salt and black pepper

                  How to prepare:

                  Peel the mango and cut the flesh away from the stone into thin slices. halve the avocado and remove the stone. Peel off the skin and slice into fresh strips. Squeeze over a little lemon juice, then arrange over the mango slices.

                  Cut the chicken into thin slices and put on the plate. Neatly pile the salad leaves in the middle.

                  For the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl. Spoon the dressing over the salad and serve with a handful of pine nuts.

                  4. Flatbread, Feta & Chickpea Salad 

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                    Time:

                    10 minutes

                    What you’ll need:

                    1 large thin flat bread, or pitta
                    Pinch of paprika
                    2 tbsp olive oil
                    Half red onion thinly slices
                    Half red chili chopped
                    7 oz of chickpeas rinsed
                    Handful of parsley
                    2.5 oz of feta cheese
                    Diced turkey chunks

                    How to prepare:

                    Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Split the bread horizontally. Mix the paprika with the 1tbsp olive oil. Brush a piece of bread with this mixture and place on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly golden and crisp, 2 minutes for thin flatbreads, 4 minutes for pittas.

                    Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a pan, add the onion and cook, stirring over a medium heat for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and chili and fry for another minute. Pour in the chick peas and stir into the mix. Add the parsley. Pour into a large bowl. Add the diced turkey. Crumble the feta cheese over the mixture and toss well.

                    Serve with the bread on the side.

                    5. Healthy Burger 

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                      Time: 10 minutes

                      What you’ll need:

                      Low fat ground turkey
                      Black pepper and salt
                      2 tbsp olive oil
                      Garlic powder
                      Whole-grain seasoned bun

                      How to prepare:

                      Preheat a nonstick skillet with a dash of olive oil. Meanwhile, put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix together with hands. Mould the mince into a patty. Add more turkey for a larger portion. Cook the burger 3 minutes on each side until nicely browned. Season the burger with some extra salt and pepper. Serve on a bun with leafy greens.

                      Healthy Desert

                      1. Coconut, Vanilla And Lime Pops

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                        Hands on time: 5 minutes

                        Note: allow 6 hours for coconut pops to freeze. 

                        What you’ll need:

                        2 cups coconut milk
                        Honey 1 tbsp
                        2 tbsp lime juice
                        1 tbsp vanilla essence
                        Lollipop freeze moulds
                        Pinch of salt

                        How to prepare:

                        In a large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. Drizzle a little honey into the bottom of the ice pop moulds and sprinkle a few grains of salt. Divide the mixture among the moulds, and freeze until solid for at least 6 hours, or overnight. To loosen, dip them in a bowl of warm water.

                         2. Mixed Berry And Greek Yoghurt Wraps 

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                        Berry wraps

                          Time:

                          5 minutes

                          What you’ll need

                          Mixed Berries of choice
                          Low fat Greek yoghurt
                          Whole-grain tortilla wrap
                          1 Tbsp honey

                          How to prepare:

                          With a spoon, spread the honey over the tortilla wrap in a circular motion. Add your mixed berries of choice. Add the Greek yoghurt, and wrap. Add more honey on top (optional)

                          3. Peanut Butter And Protein Flapjacks 

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                            Time:

                            15 minutes

                            What you’ll need

                            2.5 oz of oats
                            1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)
                            1 cup of milk or almond milk
                            3 tbsp of stevia or sweetener
                            2 tbsp of peanut butter

                            How to prepare:

                            Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Meanwhile, put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix together, and pour onto a thin baking tray. Cook in the over for 10 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

                            4. Peanut Butter and Oat Pancakes, with Frozen Yoghurt

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                              Time: 10 Minutes

                              What you’ll need:

                              2 whole eggs
                              3 egg whites
                              2 tbsp natural peanut butter
                              1/2 cup skimmed milk
                              1.5 oz of oats
                              2 scoops of vanilla whey protein (optional)
                              Frozen yoghurt

                              Heat the frying pan on a low setting, add a dash of oil. Mix ingredients in a mixing bowl, or add ingredients to a blender. Simply pour the contents into the frying pan, and fry till nice and golden. Serve with frozen yoghurt and extra peanut butter.

                              5. Grilled Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate Sandwich

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                                Time: 5 minutes

                                What you’ll need:

                                1 oz of dark chocolate (85%)
                                2 tbsp natural peanut butter
                                2 slices of whole-grain bread
                                Half chopped banana

                                How to prepare:

                                Heat the dark chocolate to a thin consistency, then add to a bowl. Mix the peanut butter and dark chocolate together. Spread thickly on a slice of bread, and place the second slice on top. Grill until lightly toasted, and serve.

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                                Last Updated on September 10, 2019

                                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                                Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                                This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                                One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                                Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                                Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                                1. Gratitude

                                Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                                The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                                Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                                So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                  2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                  This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                  For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                  What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                  Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                  3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                  This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                  Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                  An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                  Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                                    4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                    According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                    There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                    5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                    Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                    Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                    6. Rise Earlier

                                    The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                    For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                    So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                    Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                    7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                    Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                    Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                    It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                    Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                    Reference

                                    [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                    [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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