How to Eat Healthy When You’re Busy at Work

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So you want to eat healthier at work? The difficulty of eating healthy and enjoying it can be a hassle, but it should be a priority no matter what. The importance of nutrition is becoming more prevalent in today’s society. With the busy lifestyle, people are trying to find ways to improve their health without sacrificing their time. Let’s take a look at how you can do that in this post.

Why is Eating Healthy So Hard in the Workplace?

With the constant influx of unhealthy food in the workplace, it can be hard to stay on track with your eating habits. Eating healthy is not always easy in the workplace. Many of us spend a lot of time at our desks and during lunch, so it can be difficult to avoid the temptation of grabbing a quick bite from the vending machine or going out for lunch with coworkers. But it’s important to try and make healthier changes here.

Choosing a Healthier Lunch Option for Work

We all know that lunchtime is the time when we have a break from work. But, what if the work wasn’t so hard? What if you could bring your own lunch and get on with your work? The idea of packing your own lunch for work is not new. There are many benefits to it. You don’t have to worry about going out and buying food, you can eat healthy foods that you enjoy, and there are no more excuses for unhealthy lunches. But you also need to know what to take. It could be a homemade salad, a chicken salad sandwich, soup, or even leftovers. The idea of planning ahead can help you here.

Making Break Time for a Healthier You

When eating in the office, it’s important to keep in mind that small changes can have a big impact on your health and wellbeing at work. For example, if you take your lunch break away from your desk and walk around instead of sitting down, this will help increase blood circulation and oxygen levels which is good for overall health.

If you want to avoid snacking at work, be mindful of what kinds of foods people typically reach for when they need a quick snack – these are typically high in sugar. Instead, plan ahead and bring healthier snacks with you.

How to Find Time for Nutrition in Your Busy Schedule

There are many questions that come to mind when you think about nutrition. How can I fit it into my busy schedule? What’s the best way to get started? How much should I eat? The first step is figuring out how much time you have available for nutrition. If you have 30 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the evening, and two hours on weekends, then your schedule is pretty flexible.

The second step is deciding what type of meal prep system will work best for you. You could do a meal plan with recipes and grocery lists or just buy pre-made food from a grocery store like Whole Foods that has ready-made meals and snacks.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to Cook Nutritious Meals for Your Children During the Week

Cooking nutritious meals for your children during the week can be a daunting task. Between work and school, it can be hard to find the time to cook something that is both healthy and tasty. However, with a little bit of organization and planning, you can easily create nutritious meals that your whole family will enjoy! This blog post will discuss some tips and tricks for cooking delicious and nutritious meals during the week. 

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1) Plan Ahead

One of the best ways to ensure that you can cook nutritious meals during the week is to plan ahead. This means creating a grocery list and meal plan for the week and sticking to it! When you have a plan in place, you will be less likely to resort to unhealthy fast food options. 

Additionally, planning ahead can help save you money. By creating a grocery list and sticking to it, you will avoid buying unnecessary items at the store. Additionally, planning out your meals can help you use leftovers in creative ways, which will help reduce wastefulness. 

Finally, planning ahead can also make life easier on busy weeknights. By having a set menu for the week, you will know exactly what you need to cook and can avoid last-minute scrambling. 

2) Choose Healthy Ingredients

When creating nutritious meals for your children, it is essential to choose healthy ingredients. This means opting for whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats rather than processed foods. Additionally, you can add in lots of fruits and vegetables to boost the nutritional value of your child’s meal. 

Some good examples of healthy ingredients include:

– Whole grain pasta

– Lean protein such as grilled chicken or fish

– Fresh vegetables such as broccoli or kale

– Nutritious fats such as olive oil or avocado

By choosing healthy ingredients, you can be sure that your child is getting the nutrients they need to stay healthy and happy. 

An excellent example of a healthy and delicious meal is baked ziti with ricotta and meat sauce. This dish is packed with nutrients, and it is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters! Click here to find the baked ziti recipe

3) Get the Kids Involved

One of the best ways to ensure that your child will enjoy their meal is to get them involved in the cooking process. This can be as simple as letting them help chop vegetables or stirring ingredients together. Not only will this make them feel important and included, but it will also give them a sense of ownership over their meal. 

In addition, getting the kids involved in the cooking process can teach them valuable skills and help instill a love of cooking at an early age. Who knows – they may even want to become a chef one day! 

A great way to get your kids involved in cooking is to let them help prepare their own lunch or dinner. Some easy recipes that kids can make themselves include:

– Grilled cheese sandwich

– Peanut butter and jelly sandwich

– Fruit salad

– Veggie sticks with hummus

By letting your kids help in the kitchen, you can ensure that they will enjoy their meal and get the nutrients they need. 

Cooking nutritious meals for your children during the week can be a daunting task, but it can be quickly done with a little bit of organization and planning! By choosing healthy ingredients and getting the kids involved in the cooking process, you can create delicious and nutritious meals that your whole family will love. 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Essential Italian Recipes You Need To Master

If you are keen to try and cook Italian at home as well as possible, there are many essential recipes that you will need to master along the way. Italian food is arguably some of the most delicious food in the world, and it is a well-loved cuisine which pretty much everyone enjoys eating at least some of the time. If you are keen to improve your Italian cooking, first consider getting these basics down as strongly as you can. You will then find that the rest follows in turn pretty easily and quickly, and you are going to be able to keep a lot of people happy this way.

 

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Marinara Sauce

Every great Italian restaurant or household has its own marinara sauce. This is simply a basic tomato sauce, but the beauty of it in Italian cooking is that it can be used as a base for many other meals that are important in Italian cooking, from pizza to pasta dishes and beyond. Good marinara recipes are straightforward and yet complex; easy to learn but hard to master. But once you have your own homemade marinara sauce down, you will find that your Italian cooking improves greatly thereafter.

Pizza Dough

What would Italian cooking be without its pizza? This is arguably the single most popular Italian cuisine export, as it is now one of the most beloved foods all over the world. If you want to make true Italian pizza at home, you will first need to learn how to make a fantastic pizza dough. There are many methods to do this, but a traditional Napolina pizza dough consists of 00-grade pasta flour mixed with a little strong bread flour. And the really important thing is to leave it to rise for a long time, and always stretch the dough to size – never roll it with a rolling pin!

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Homemade Pasta

Pasta is one of those beautiful things which appear to be very difficult to make but are actually very easy indeed to make – and yet, it’s absolutely delicious, and one of the most versatile foods in the world. To make pasta, all you need to do is combine 100g of pasta flour with an egg yolk, mix it with a fork or just with your hands on a work surface. Knead it into a dough and then you can roll it through a pasta machine, or simply use a rolling pin. Fold it over and roll it out again and again to make it silky. The more work you put into it, the better of course. Then it’s just about turning it into whatever preferred shape you might have in mind, and adding it to your favourite sauce or recipe. Carbonara, anyone?

Those are three of the most important Italian recipes to master at home. Each of them is perfectly within your grasp, if you want to learn them. And you will find them incredibly satisfying to create for yourself, your friends and your family.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Autumn Charcuterie Board

 

Who doesn’t love a good charcuterie board?

Presentation is what creates a great charcuterie board. On this board we chose a fall theme. We looked for shapes, colors and fall flavors such as maple shaped cookies, cranberry, and cinnamon. It was important to us that both sweet and savory flavors were available.

Our cheeses were:
Cinnamon Cranberry Goat Cheese
Mild cheddar cubes
Sharp white cheddar slices
Mozzarella balls

Meats chosen:
Prosciutto
Salami
Pepperoni

Fruits:
Raspberry preserves
Pomegranate
Apple slices
Dried Dates

Nuts:
Praline Pecans

Additions were pumpkin seeds, grape tomatoes, a variety of crackers and a bit of basil for a great burst of color and flavor.

There are no hard rules for charcuterie presentation.  Make it with your own taste in mind, change it up, think outside the box!

A few fall suggestions you may want to include on your next Fall charcuterie board: apple butter, pumpkin hummus, figs, or pears. The options are endless.

Share with us your favorite charcuterie board foods in the comments, we’d love to try them!

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I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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3 Amazing Appetizers You Can Make In Under 15 Minutes

If you’re planning a dinner party or a get together of some kind, coming up with the menu can be hard. A lot of people find it tough to think of ideas for appetizers and sometimes, the idea of cooking extra dishes on top of the main, all of the sides, and maybe even a dessert can be stressful. 

 

The good news is, appetizers don’t have to be hard and there are some great dishes that you can make with minimal effort. These are some of the best appetizers that you can make in 15 minutes or less. 

Baked Brie 

 

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What could be better than rich, melted cheese with lots of breadsticks or chopped vegetables to dip in? That’s why baked brie is such a perfect appetizer for a dinner party and the best thing is, it’s so simple to do. Once you try one of these brie recipes, they will become a regular feature at all of your parties because they are always a huge hit. Everybody can dig in, so you don’t need to worry about plating anything up, and baking the brie is as simple as adding whatever toppings you like (fruit and nuts work well) and then baking it in the oven in a dish for around 10 minutes or so. You can buy special dishes that are perfectly sized for brie, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry. The recipe will still work fine with a standard dish. 

Homemade Guacamole

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Guacamole is so simple to make and when you make it fresh, you’ll wish you never wasted your time and money on the store-bought stuff. This is the perfect appetizer for a family BBQ when you want a fresh, delicious appetizer that takes no time at all to prepare. Simply take your avocado and mash it up as much as you like, depending on whether you want it chunky or smooth. Then, add some lemon juice, diced red onion, chill (you can use chili flakes) and season with salt and pepper. It’s as simple as that and everybody will love it. 

Quesadillas

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A Quesadilla is a delicious appetizer that is perfect if you have bits and pieces that need using up because it’s very adaptable. The key components of any quesadilla recipe are the tortilla and the cheese. Beyond that, it’s up to you what you put inside them. Chicken and cheese is a popular filling but a lot of people also like to use beans. Butternut squash makes a great healthy alternative as well. 

 

To make your quesadilla, get some store-bought tortillas and put one in the pan. Heat it until small air pockets start to form, then add your toppings and cover the pan. Once the cheese is melted, you can fold it in half, cut it up and serve it. It’s so quick to make a bunch of quesadillas and serve them in slices for your guests. 

 

Next time you are hosting a party and you are stuck for appetizer ideas, why not give some of these recipes a try?

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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