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15 Simple And Healthy Salad Recipes You Should Try Today

15 Simple And Healthy Salad Recipes You Should Try Today

Need a simple, healthy and fun way to add veggies into your diet? Have you been avoiding making salads because it’s just too complicated or boring? Well look no further here are 15 simple and healthy salad recipes you should try today.

1. Strawberry Spinach Salad With Warm Bacon Dressing

Simple Healthy Salad Recipes

    Strawberries and bacon. Who knew? Substitute coconut oil for bacon fat and honey for sugar to make a healthier version of this tasty salad.
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    2. Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Quinoa Salad in Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Roasted Cauliflower Mushroom Quinoa Salada

      A flavourful and warm salad hearty enough for a main dish. Call it a casserole and you could serve to even the most salad-loathing guests and they’d never know.
      Recipe source.

      3. Kale Salad With Meyer Lemon Dressing

      Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing

        This simple and healthy salad recipe packs a lot of unique flavours in one bite. Pomegranates, goat cheese, avocado, lemon and pecans. Yum!
        Recipe source.

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        4. Mushroom, Lemon And Lentil Salad

        Mushroom Lentil Salad

          Next on our list of warms salad recipes features mushrooms again. With the added lentils, this salad has a hearty protein punch.
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          5. Berry, Lemon, Chicken And Feta Salad

          Berry and Chicken Salad with Lemon Dressing

            One of my favorite salad recipes is this sweet and savory chicken salad with berries, lemon and feta. The perfect salad for a light spring meal.
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            6. Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad

            Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad

              This salad recipe gives a whole new meaning to cool as a cucumber. Crushed peppers give it a hot kick too.
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              7. Broccoli, Apple And Almond Salad

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              Broccoli Apple and Almond Salad

                Another hearty bowl on this list of salad recipes. I find broccoli really adds a density to salad and in this one it’s the feature. Though, if you’re not a fan of olives, you can simply omit them and it will still taste delicious.
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                8. Berry Chicken Salad With Poppy-seed Dressing

                Berry Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

                  Can you tell I’m a fan of salad recipes with fruit? Berries just add another dimension to a salad that can’t be given with any type of vegetable. Try it, you won’t regret it.
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                  9. Strawberry Asparagus Salad

                  Strawberry Asparagus Salad

                    It’s not often you see asparagus in a salad recipe, but here’s one that has strawberries too. So easy. So tasty!
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                    10. Vietnamese Chicken, Avocado And Lemongrass Spring Roll Salad

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                    Vietnamese Chicken Avocado Salad

                      It sounds complicated, but is actually quite simple and totally healthy. If you want a little challenge in the kitchen try making the Hoisin Crackers for a little crunch.
                      Recipe source.

                      11. Kale Salad with Pear, Hazelnuts and Cranberries

                      Kale Pear Hazelnut Salad

                        Whether you’re a kale lover or newbie, this recipe is sure to please. Toasty nuts and sweet pear add a delicious texture and depth.
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                        12. Honey Walnut Power Salad

                        Honey Walnut Power Salad

                          If you’re new to power bowls, here’s a simple and healthy salad recipe to get you started. It’s full of nutrients, antioxidants and deliciousness.
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                          13. Green Goddess Potato Salad

                          Green Goddess Potato Salad

                            This salad recipe is a healthy and green take on the classic potato salad. Spruce up your spuds with a tasty pesto-like dressing.
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                            14. Shrimp And Avocado Salad With Miso Dressing

                            Shrimp and Avocado Salad

                              Here’s a simple and healthy salad recipe that will wow your guests. Bring the thai heat right to your kitchen.
                              Recipe source.

                              15. Peas, Potatoes, Acidulated Shallots + Creamy Dill Dressing

                              Peas Potatoes and Shallots Salad

                                Here’s another simple and healthy recipe that only sounds fancy. Don’t be fooled by the big words, just put it in your mouth.
                                Recipe source.

                                Want some inspiration for a healthy snack? Check out these 10 Highly Healthy And Delicious Vegan Snacks Recipes.

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                                How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                                How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                                Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                                But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                                Sight – Visual Stimulation

                                The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                                1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                                Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                                Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                                2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                                Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                                Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                                Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                                3. Take note of your environment.

                                Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                                By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                                Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                                What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                                4. Engage in conversation.

                                Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                                Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                                Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                                Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                                5. Listen to upbeat music.

                                Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                                Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                                Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                                If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                                6. Work your nose.

                                Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                                If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                                Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                                Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                                If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                                7. Have a good breakfast.

                                Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                                Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                                Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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                                8. Drink lots of water.

                                Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                                So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

                                How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day (and How Much Is Too Much for You)

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                                Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

                                3 Best Apps To Help You Drink Much More Water

                                9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                                Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                                Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                                Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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                                Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                                Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                                10. Splash cold water on your face.

                                Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                                This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                                5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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                                11. Use acupressure.

                                Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                                Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                                12. Get moving.

                                Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                                And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                                You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                                Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                                Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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