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7 Ways to Get Easy, Healthy Recipes This Week

7 Ways to Get Easy, Healthy Recipes This Week
Eating healthily and cooking more home meals is tough when you don’t know what to make. Recipe sites are great when you know what you’re looking for, but what if you want to discover new things to try each week? I scoured the web to find the best resources for discovering new and healthy recipes; here are the best ones I found.

1. Weekly Meal Planner

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    This one is the easiest on the list. When you sign up, you get recipes for every meal of the week emailed to you on your grocery day. It also lets you specify certain allergies/ingredients to avoid, caloric restrictions to keep your daily total under, any diet you might be on (paleo, vegetarian, etc.), and cuisines you dislike.

    2. Pinterest

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      Pinterest is actually an awesome place to find new recipes. There are tons of great pinboards for recipes and you can always find new ones by checking out the main “food and drink” link above. Having your own pinboard of recipes you want to make is a great way to have an endless list of cooking ideas.

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      3. Real Simple

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        Real Simple is similar to Weekly Meal Planner where you get recipes delivered periodically, but this one is daily instead of weekly. It’s a little inconvenient if you want to put a bunch together to go grocery shopping, but it’s nice if you have a heavily stocked kitchen and want to make something at random each day. Each email also has ads.

        4. Allrecipes Daily Recipes

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          Allrecipes picks a few recipes each day to feature, which is great if you want a few different options. You can save them to a recipe book or even to a Pinterest board and come back to them later in the week when you go get groceries. The only downside with this option is that you have to go to their site to get them; they don’t get emailed to you.

          5. Recipe Secrets

          Recipe Secrets is very similar to Real Simple. You get a new recipe delivered to your inbox every day, which you could then save to go shopping later in the week or use immediately if you have the ingredients. It’s a fun option if you want something new to consider every day or go shopping frequently.

          6. Simply Recipes

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            Simply Recipes is a little different because instead of getting the recipes at a regular interval like every day or week, you get an email when new recipes are added to their list. It’s great if you’re already a regular user of simply recipes and want to know when they’ve been updated, but not great if you want a regular stream of new recipes to try.

            7. Epicurious

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              Finally, if you just want to surf around for new recipes manually, there are always sites like Epicurious to fall back on. They have a huge assortment of well-curated recipes to check out, and there will always be new ones to try out and discover.

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              And there you have it! With any one of these (or combination of them) you’ll be set for finding great new healthy recipes each and every week.

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              Last Updated on December 9, 2019

              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

              Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

              Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

              Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

              1. Get Rationally Optimistic

              Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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              This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

              In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

              The result: no more mental stress.

              2. Unplug

              Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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              How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

              It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

              Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

              3. Easy on the Caffeine

              Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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              Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

              4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

              That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

              How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

              • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
              • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
              • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

              While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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              5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

              This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

              The result: mental stress will be gone!

              So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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