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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 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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