Between work, family, housework, hobbies, friends, reading, emails, calls, and all the other daily tasks, does it ever feel as though adding healthy eating to the list just feels overwhelming? I can almost hear your groan from across this page; “Meal planning? Who has time for that!?”
Hey, I get it. Life get’s crazy busy! And sometimes the idea of adding eating healthy into the mix sounds… well… overwhelming. But what if you could find a way to eat healthy in a way that hardly took up more time than driving to Chipotle for yet another Bulging Burrito?
If you can relate to any of this (please say it’s not just me) then read on! Because I am about to show you the most quick and healthy meal ideas that you can make quickly that will transform your health as you now know it to be!
With these fresh and fun ideas from the top 25 winners, you will find your meals transform into healthy culinary masterpieces in less than the time it would take to watch your favorite TV show!
So, go ahead and grab your laptop and pop in your favorite episode while I show you the best recipes on the internet that you can make in 30 minutes or less!
1. 8 Way Overnight Oats
Since overnight oats have been a long time favorite of many people, it simply had to make the list! But this site in particular should strike your interest. With only a few minor tweaks, you can transform your dull morning routine into a flavorful and NEW treat each morning!
Check out these amazing recipes by Life Made Sweeter for meals that will make you excited to get up each morning!
2. Grain Free Egg in a Hole
If you ever had Egg in a Hole (AKA Pirates Eye) growing up, then you know that nothing beats a nostalgic morning with one of your childhood favorites!
This grain free Egg in a Hole is a surefire way to power your morning with protein and veggies all while bringing you the comfort of childhood. This is a twist on an old classic that you won’t want to miss!
3. Coffee Chia Pudding
Chia Pudding is pretty much a common household name these days. However, this one made the list specifically because it’s made with, to put it simply, the single most amazing concoction ever invented: Coffee!
This genius recipe is not only super easy to grab and go, but it also saves you an extra step; grabbing a cup of Starbucks on the way.
4. Protein Pancakes
This recipe has been a staple in my house! Since my husband is always looking for high-protein meals before his busy 6 am shift, protein pancakes often turn out to be his go-to! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good old smoothie! However, there are some days that just need something a bit more substantial!
Since this recipe packs the same amount of protein while still giving you a good amount to chew, it makes this recipe a perfect candidate!
5. Beauty Jello
If you want something quick, filling, and high in protein, then beauty Jello might be the way to go for you!
Since Gelatin is composed of almost 100% protein, you will have the blood sugar stabilization you need first thing in the morning. It is packed with water, making it extremely hydrating.
And on top of that, gelatin is a form of collagen which is needed for beautiful hair, skin, and nails.
6. Snickerdoodle Protein Smoothie
Speaking of smoothies, you will definitely want to give this one a shot! This protein smoothie will make you reminisce of fresh-baked snickerdoodles while never breaking your diet!
Since smoothies are so quick and easy to make, they are a great option to add to your go-to breakfast routine! And this one should definitely make the list.
7. Mermaid Smoothie Bowls
In the midst of our crazy busy lives, it can sometimes be hard to remember to stop and enjoy the little moments in life. The bright and beautiful colors in this smoothie bowl will help you do just that!
With only 5 minutes to make this beautiful creation, it will leave you with a bit of time to enjoy your beautiful meal and just ponder what the rest of the day will bring.
8. Raw Nori Wraps
If you are looking for ridiculously healthy meals that take no more effort than building a sandwich, this meal is a perfect idea for you!
Jam packed with veggies and nutrients, these nori wraps will give you a sushi feel without having to load up on white rice (or dish out your budget!) Of course, if you are someone looking for something a bit more substantial, you could always toss a little bit of meat in there and call it a day.
9. Avocado Chickpea Salad Wrap
My dear friends, let me introduce you to the collard wrap. AKA your new best friend in your fitness journey! Not only are they nutrients dense and a great low calorie option, but collard greens also provide a quick and easy substitute to throw together a meal in a way as easy as rolling a burrito.
Of course, you can pack it with any of your favorite fillings. Turkey and lettuce, chicken salad, or tofu and peppers, but I have always been a sucker for chickpeas and avocado, so this one made the top of the list!
10. Chicken “Sushi” Bowls
With cauliflower rice as the base, you will feel as though you are eating a carb-heavy meal, but for half the calories! This sushi bowl is designed to taste like a poke bowl, but is subbed with chicken so you don’t have to worry about hunting down some actual poke.
I think you’ll find yourself falling in love with the tangy flavors of this Asian-based dish.
11. Mason Jar Burrito Bowls
If you have ever gone to Chipotle, then you know there is nothing like the blend of rice and beans topped with the best Mexican favorites to make your mouth water!
Thankfully, this recipe combines all of the best aspects of a burrito bowl with an on-the-go option! This is definitely one to add to your meal prep!
12. Collard Wraps
Collard Wraps taste delicious and fresh, but are one of the quickest and healthiest lunches that you could make! This instruction list will guide you through how to make an amazing wrap without even having to run to the store!
13. Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar
Who doesn’t love a good taco salad? I grew up having taco salads every Sunday. It was our family staple and it still has a place in my heart because of that!
This recipe stood out among the rest for two reasons. #1- It looked delicious! #2- It is the perfect on-the-go option!
14. Olive Oil Tuna Salad Wrap
Of course, where would this post be without at least one tuna recipe? Tuna provides the perfect low-calorie protein that will leave you feeling full until your next meal! Say goodbye to late-night bingeing!
15. Power Bowls
This became an easy pick for me because I loved how versatile it is! You can switch up the roasted veggies depending on what you have in your fridge, and it’s a powerful and hearty meal for those cold and rainy days. This is definitely a recipe you will want to bookmark!
16. Pesto Baked Chicken
Everyone needs a savory dinner every once in a while! Whether you are trying to lose weight or bulk up muscle, this chicken will give you everything you need to feel full and satiated all while building sleek lean muscle!
17. Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps are a great option to reduce carb-intake for any meal! This is one of my top hacks that I consistently use for quick lunches that are extremely healthy! Because of that, this creamy avocado chicken lettuce wrap was quick to catch my eye! Thank you Heavenly Oven for putting this amazing recipe out there!
18. Antipasto In-A-Pinch Platter
If you are ever in a pinch for a dinner party, then this antipasto platter has you covered! With no more than 20 minutes necessary to throw it together, this platter will become a new staple and lifesaver to your procrastinated meals plans!
The best part of it though, is that even with such little time to prep, the beauty in the platter is sure to wow everyone in a way that will have them thinking you poured hours into this dish!
19. Shrimp and Avocado Salad
We’ve all heard that tapering off carbs towards the end of the day is a great way to reduce belly fat and increase sleeping abilities! That makes this Shrimp and Avocado a perfect dinner idea!
With hardly any carbs in this quick and easy dinner, you will go to bed feeling relaxed and wound down for a good nights rest.
20. One Pan Zucchini Lagsana
Who doesn’t like a one pan meal? Whether you are hoping to make leftovers, or feed your entire family, this meal is a perfect option for a quick and gourmet dinner that everyone is sure to love! Who would even know you are chowing down on a day’s worth of veggies in the process?
21. Sheet Pan Mahi Fajitas
Sheet pan dinners are an awesome way to enjoy all the flavor of a roast without the hassle of actually roasting it! This Fajita recipe is as simple as cutting the ingredients, seasoning, and popping in the oven!
22. Greek Style Sheet Pan Chicken
Another sheet pan favorite is this Greek chicken! The looks of this savory meal will have your family fooled into thinking you were cooking for hours! They will never guess that it only took you 5 minutes to prepare everything and pop it in the oven!
23. Sweet Chili Shrimp Zoodles
These Shrimp Veggie Noodles will have you craving healthy food every night! With no more than 15 minutes needed to cook, this meal will become a staple that you will easily be able to squeeze into your busy lifestyle!
24. Sausage and Cabbage Skillet
There is something about the comfort of a skillet that we all crave! They are a great option since you can easily throw one together using whatever you have in your fridge. This one was particularly inviting! Anyone else getting hungry?
25. Instant Egg Rolls in a Bowl
I have not met a single person who does not love egg rolls! When I discovered I was celiac, egg rolls was one of the first foods I remorsefully thought about!
If you are in the same boat then you will be thrilled to try this Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe! The flavors in this recipe will have you feel like you aren’t missing out on anything! But it is especially healthy!
- Find a day to meal prep. If you know you will be pressed for time during the week, then set yourself up for success before the craziness rolls around!
- Stock up on Mason Jars. Most of these recipes can be tossed in a mason jar for quick meals on the go! If you don’t have anything healthy on hand, then it will be tempting to reach for the junk food drawer. Plan ahead of time by making the healthiest choice the most accesible.
- Out of sight out of mind. What you see first is what you are most likely to eat! Put your healthiest items in the most visible spots. That way you will keep yourself from mindlessly munching on candy and start reaching for the fruit instead.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand. You should never go hungry. If you do, sooner or later that will lead to bingeing. Healthy snacks (like snack sized packs of nuts or carrot bags) will help soothe your munchies without breaking your diet.
- Combine all meals with healthy protein and fats. This will keep your blood sugar stable! If you have too many sweets alone, you will find yourself crashing and craving later in the day.
- Make juices in advance. My husband and I always start our day with warm lemon water followed by pure veggie juice! To make this easier, we juice in advance and place our concoctions in mason jars. This makes it easy to grab quickly the next day!
Yes, eating healthy might sometimes seem like a hassle, but remember that the energy and productivity you receive from it will return an investment 10 times what you initially put in! And, if you do it right it won’t take up very much time at all!
If you follow these tips, tricks and recipes you will find yourself eating consistently healthy without feeling pressed for time! And if you need any more ideas, I’m always here to help you out!
At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.
Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.
One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.
When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.
So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.
Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day
This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.
Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.
When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.
Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity
One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.
Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.
An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.
When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.
Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day
Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.
We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.
By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.
Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment
While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.
I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.
You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.
Con #1: We Move a Lot Less
When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.
Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.
Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.
Con #2: Less Human Interaction
One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.
Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.
Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.
This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.
While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.
Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment
Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.
This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.
For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.
Con #4: Unique Distractions
Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.
For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.
To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.
Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.
We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.