In today’s busy working world, finding the time to make healthy meals for breakfast and lunch is a near impossible task, let alone sitting down to eat them. However, it is so important to look after yourself, by keeping your body fuelled, and fuelled with good food! Sounds expensive right? Wrong. Here we have found quick, healthy, affordable breakfasts and lunches to carry you through your busy days.
The trick to a quick, healthy breakfast? Be muggy. No, we are not talking about going on Love Island, we are talking about the new craze of ‘microwave mug meals’. From pancakes to eggs, to oatmeal, the humble mug is your new best friend when it comes to starting the day right with a wholesome, fuel-filling breakfast. The best thing about this clever creation is once you learn the basic concept you can add whatever you like, to stop breakfast being a bore! Take a look at these amazing recipes we found, we think our favourites are the Blueberry Pancakes and Sweet Potato Hash, YUM: https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/5-microwave-breakfasts/
LUNCH & DINNER
For many of us a working lunch is an all too familiar occurrence, and running out to the nearest café to grab a dull sandwich (always accompanied by asking “how much?!”) or just going hungry, is part of our daily routines. The answer? Meal prep. Although this means taking a few hours out of your weekend, it will result in an easy, nutritious life all week, every week. Jana Pollack from Buzzfeed saved $300 (equivalent to £230!!) in just two weeks from prepping her lunch and dinner at the weekend, read the article here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hrblock/i-spent-two-weekends-meal-prepping-and-heres-how-much-i-save?utm_term=.lpLE9LRQZ#.lh86M4w8K. Not only can this trendy, time-saving tactic help you save pennies, it also means you can keep motivated and on track with eating healthily, and in turn feel less lethargic, stressed and bloated.
Here are our 5 favourite meal prep ideas:
Honey Sriracha Meatballs https://www.eatyourselfskinny.com/honey-sriracha-glazed-meatballs/.
Sriracha contains a compound called capsaicin, which assists in boosting metabolism and weight loss, has anti-inflammatory properties and is full of vitamins A and C. It is also incredibly tasty, which helps a lot with healthy eating!
Caprese Chicken Salad https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/caprese-chicken-salad-meal-prep-bowls/.
Chicken is one of the top sources of protein, with a whopping 25g per serving, whilst quinoa is a wheat-free, 2x higher in protein alternative to rice, containing calcium and lots of fibre.
The tomato element in these has great antioxidant benefits to keep your cardiovascular system healthy. A great thing about these bowls is that you can add whatever tickles your fancy and mix it up to make lunch different and exciting.
Southwestern Sweet Potato & Lentil Salad https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/southwestern-sweet-potato-lentil-jar-salads/.
Lentils are a superfood, that boosts energy levels, lower cholesterol and support weight loss, whilst sweet potatoes are an excellent source of multiple different vitamins.
Shrimp & Courgetti Noodles https://skinnyfitalicious.com/meal-prep-shrimp-zucchini-noodles/.
By swapping noodles for low calorie ‘zoodles’, you can prevent that carb slump after lunch. Courgetti is also full of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which both exhibit powerful anti-aging properties. Not only is this meal super healthy, but it might just keep us young!