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Easy Lunchbox Ideas for Back-to-School

Easy Lunchbox Ideas for Back-to-School

Meal prepping your own lunch is hard enough. But with the school year swiftly approaching, what do you make for the even pickier eaters in the house? It’s time to start thinking about back-to-school meal prep! During the busyness of the academic year, you want […]

Best Apps for Meditation and Mindfulness

Best Apps for Meditation and Mindfulness

We’ve talked before about how mindfulness can change your brain and improves your health, but actually practicing it in our everyday lives takes discipline. Thankfully, there’s an app for everything–in the case of mindfulness and meditation apps, there are several! Here are four of the […]

How to Make a Whole Day of Healthy Meals Under $10

How to Make a Whole Day of Healthy Meals Under $10

Take a quick walk through the health food section of a supermarket and you might come to the conclusion that the healthier the food, the more expensive it is to prepare. But while some healthy ingredients can be pretty pricey, there are plenty of nutritious dishes that can still be prepared on a budget. Once you stock up on a few core ingredients, you’ll find that cooking healthy meals can actually be extremely cost-effective!

Here are three recipes that are good for your body and your wallet: all of them are less than $3/serving, so you can get the whole day of healthy meals under $10!

Prices will vary depending on where you live and shop, but this provides you with a rough estimate of how much these recipes will cost to prepare, based on prices of value brands from Walmart. You can also check out your local farmer’s market to get great deals on in-season produce! Check out our guide for your first visit.

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Breakfast: Orange and ginger yogurt bowls

Time: 10 minutes | Makes: one serving

1 cup greek yogurt ($1.14)
½ orange ($0.50)
½ tsp cardamom ($0.23)
1 tbsp sunflower seeds, shelled ($0.05)
¼ tsp ground ginger ($0.10)
1 tsp honey ($0.04)

Total cost per serving: $2.06

  1. In a bowl, stir together greek yogurt, 2 tbsp orange juice, and the cardamom.
  2. In a separate small bowl or cup, stir together sunflower seeds, ground ginger and honey. Drizzle seed mixture over the yogurt.

 

Lunch: Mediterranean tuna quinoa salad bowls

Time: 10 minutes | Makes: two servings

1 ¼ cups cherry tomatoes ($2.00)
½ cucumber ($0.35)
1 ½ tbsp olive oil ($0.16)
1 ½ tbsp red wine vinegar ($0.10)
1 ¼ tsp dijon mustard ($0.03)
1 ¼ cups pre-cooked quinoa ($0.59)
1 ¼ cups canned chickpeas ($.50)
7 oz canned tuna ($1.07)
2 ½ tbsp feta ($0.43)

Total cost per serving: $2.61

  1. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Dice cucumber.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar and mustard. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Add pre-cooked quinoa, drained chickpeas, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and tuna. Toss well to combine. Sprinkle with feta.

 

Dinner: Pesto, spinach and artichoke bake

Time: 50 minutes | Makes: eight servings

4 roma tomatoes ($1.60)
2 cups artichoke hearts ($1.98)
3 lbs chicken breast ($9.54)
1 ½ cups pesto ($4.40)
6 cups spinach ($1.20)
2 cups shredded italian cheese blend ($2.22)

Total cost per serving: $2.62

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 2 baking dish(es).
  2. Dice roma tomato. Drain and quarter artichoke hearts.
  3. Place chicken breast in a single layer in the bottom of the baking dish. Spread pesto on top of each. Layer spinach, artichoke hearts and roma tomato on top. Sprinkle with cheese to cover.
  4. Bake 30 to 45 minutes, or until chicken registers 165 degrees at the center.

– Emily Polson

How to Stop Stress Eating: 4 Strategies to Conquer Emotional Eating

How to Stop Stress Eating: 4 Strategies to Conquer Emotional Eating

Stress eating, or emotional eating, is such a common issue that we all know its signature remedy: comfort food. Those sugary, salty, creamy or crunchy foods make us “feel better” when we’ve had a stressful day or are going through a rough time. Yet this […]

High-Protein Breakfast Ideas (That Aren’t Eggs)

High-Protein Breakfast Ideas (That Aren’t Eggs)

If you’re looking for high-protein breakfast ideas, most people will tell you to just add eggs. Sure, there are countless ways to prepare them: scrambled, fried, boiled, omelette. But assuming you’re not Gaston, you’re probably going to crave a little more variety. Thankfully there are […]