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Stop Slaving Over the Stove: 6 Healthy No-Cook Meals

Stop Slaving Over the Stove: 6 Healthy No-Cook Meals

Contrary to what people say, it is possible to prepare a healthy meal that requires no form of cooking. Healthy meals don't need to be full of complex ingredient lists. You shouldn't have to slave over the stove for hours every single day. Sometimes, all it takes is a handful of good-quality fresh ingredients and creativity. In no time, you'll have prepared amazing and healthy no-cook meals.

The 7 Sleeping Habits of Smart Sleepers

The 7 Sleeping Habits of Smart Sleepers

Not sleeping soundly or easily at night?  Sleep deprivation can significantly affect your overall health and undermine your work performance throughout the day. Not only will symptoms of exhaustion and burnout hit you sooner and more drastically, you'll be at a much higher risk of falling ill. 

Moms with Full Plates : 5 No-Cook Recipes for Working Moms

Moms with Full Plates : 5 No-Cook Recipes for Working Moms

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Sometimes it isn't enough to save money. For most working moms, it feels like there isn't enough time to cover all the things that need to be done. Juggling work and house duties can be a source of frustration. Make sure that it doesn’t come to the point of neglect. Any mother wants to give and provide for all her family's needs, yet it can be quite difficult to do so. It’s only natural that as a mother, you're balancing your work life with your familial responsibilities. You also want to make sure that your mother or father takes their medicine and that your family is well-fed. To help you, here are 5 no-cook recipes for working moms.

Healthy Tofu Gourmet Sandwich

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If you happen to be in a bit of a hurry, these sandwiches are what you need. They are really easy to make and it's a recipe that the kids will surely love. All you need are these ingredients:

  • 16 ounces of firm tofu (drained and pressed)
  • 10 slices of whole wheat bread (toasted)
  • 1 celery (finely diced)
  • 2 tablespoon of parsley
  • 2 tablespoon of sweet pickle relish
  • 2 green onion (minced)
  • 10 tomato slices
  • ¼ cup and 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise (preferably fat-free)
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard
  • A bit of salt and pepper

BLT Chopped Salad

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How Sweet It Is's recipe is so simple. For moms who have made a habit of grabbing a bagel for breakfast, this BLT chopped salad recipe can help you to cut back on those carbs. The ingredients for this salad are easy to find. Feel free to opt out of the bacon if you're sticking to a plant-based diet.

  • 2 cups of lettuce (roughly chopped)
  • 2 cups of fresh arugula (roughly chopped)
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes (quartered)
  • 4 slices of thick cut bacon (fried and crumbled)
  • 1 cup of sweet corn
  • 1 avocado (chopped)
  • 4 ounces of feta (crumbled)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of pepper

Turkey, Avocado and Strawberry Sandwich

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This sandwich is a fresh take on the classic BLT. Substitute bacon for turkey, replace tomatoes with some fresh strawberries and have avocado instead of lettuce. It's great to change things up every once in awhile.

  • 8 slices of whole grain sandwich loaf
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of strawberries (thinly sliced)
  • ½ pound of turkey breast (thinly sliced)
  • 1 pint alfalfa sprouts 

Easy Nori Rolls with Spicy Sauce

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Craving Japanese food? Tales of a Kitchen made nori rolls the right way. This is ultimately one of the best no-cook recipes for working moms —ever. All you need are these raw ingredients:

  • 2 nori sheets
  • 1 cup of cauliflower couscous
  • ¼ carrots (julienned)
  • 1/3 capsicum (julienned)
  • Cucumbers
  • ½ avocado (thinly sliced)

For the sauce

  • 1 tablespoon of unhulled tahini
  • 2 to 3 drops of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon of tamari
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon of raw honey
  • Hot chili flakes

Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Toast

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This recipe will warm your bodies when you're experiencing cold weather. It's practical, quick to make and all you need are a few simple ingredients (mainly the cucumber and avocado).

  • Two large cucumbers (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 avocado (pitted and peeled)
  • ½ cup of plain greek yogurt (preferably low fat)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • Some kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread (toasted)
  • 4 ounces of prosciutto (thinly sliced)

Author Bio: Ianna Reign Stevenson is a professional writer based in London, England. She is a young mother of a 3 year old toddler and a working mom. Connect with her on Twitter.

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9 creative and healthy recipes that you can try with your kids

9 creative and healthy recipes that you can try with your kids

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There's no better way to spend quality time with your kids than to get busy in the kitchen. Set aside your paperwork for a few minutes.  There are so many nifty and quick recipes available for you and the whole family! Check out these 9 ingenious healthy recipes that you can try with your kids.

Fruit Smoothies

Fruit smoothies // Recipes you can try with your kids - from the PumpUp Blog Everybody loves fruit and kids definitely love blended fresh smoothies. Smoothies are one of the simplest drinks you can make with your kids. To concoct a delicious fruit smoothie, all you need are simple ingredients. It can vary from berries to bananas, a cup of milk, plain yogurt (some use vanilla ice cream as substitute), and a great blender. Find some creative smoothie recipes here.

Apple cookies

Apple cookies by Rachel Schultz // Recipes that you can try with your kids from the PumpUp Blog Image source: rachelschultz.com

Kids will especially love to eat and make these cookies! While apple cookies are not your typical baked good, they’re just as yummy as a cookie can be. All you need to do is slice up an apple into thin rings and remove the core. Get creative with the toppings of your choice: you can spread on some natural peanut butter or almond butter and layer it on one side of the apple ring. Then add almonds, pecans, coconut shavings or chocolate chips.

Apple sandwiches

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If your kids love apples so much, why not make bigger portions of the previous recipe? You can stack apple cookies and turn them into bite-size apple sandwiches. Add a dash of cinnamon and drizzle on agave syrup or your choice of sweetener.

Watermelon Pizza

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There’s no question that pizza is a classic favorite. Watermelon pizza is one dish that you can easily make with the kids and leave you feeling guilt-free! Slice up a beautiful watermelon for your base, add small slices of fruits and berries, then drizzle it with honey or dust it with coconut flakes.

Oatmeal Muffins

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Oatmeal may be considered as the healthiest go-to food because it can help to manage diabetes and lower cholesterol. Though it may not be as effective as actual prescribed medicine for diabetes, oats can still be made into great treats.  For a simple way to prepare oatmeal muffins, use rolled oats and ripe bananas, coconut or vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. You can add walnuts or other dried fruit for extra flavour.

Banana Wraps

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Bananas are the most common fruit that you will find in kiddie treats because they are naturally sweet. Pair them up with low fat cream cheese or almond butter to make a scrumptious treat! Toast tortillas, whip the cream cheese together with a dash of cinnamon, then drizzle on some honey. Add sweet, fruity bananas and roll them to perfection. Quick, easy, and definitely one of the best healthy recipes to try with your kids.

Baked Pancake Muffins

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Love pancakes and muffins? How about having them together in one treat? Pancakes are super easy to make, and they taste even better in muffin form. All the ingredients you need for this recipe are wholemeal flour, plain flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, milk and (of course) your choice of berries. If you want to make it easier, just use your favorite healthy pancake mix.

Frozen Yogurt Bark

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Looking for a healthy alternative to sugary iced lollipops? These yoghurt barks are one of the easiest healthy recipes that you can try with your kids. You might have trouble keeping their hands off while making them. Mix the yogurt of your choice with some almonds and your favorite berries. The kids can get creative as well and add some chocolate chips if they prefer. Freeze for 2 to 3 hours until the yoghurt bark is solid. Then break into smaller bite-sized pieces.

Frozen Banana Nutella Bites

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Getting adventurous with food is the best way to encourage creativity with your kids. These banana bites are easy and divine.  Nutella, rice krispies, nuts, coconut shavings and (of course) bananas are the only ingredients you will need. Spread some Nutella on the bananas and roll them through the rice krispie, nut, and coconut shaving mixture.

Author Bio:

Ianna Reign Stevenson is a professional writer based in London, England. She is a young mother of a 3 year old toddler and a working mom. Connect with her on Twitter.