After a long day away from home working or maybe exercising, hunger has a habit of striking the moment you walk through your door! You immediately start to create mental images of something wonderully healthy and perhaps even a little elaborate. The tastebuds are fizzing and the good intentions are there…but what happens?

The need to eat takes over and you just end up finding yourself reaching for the easiest satisfying snack or meal you can find. Even if that means a delivery meal!

There goes your healthy diet and great intentions down the sink! But with the right planning this need not be the case and healthy eating can happen quickly, efficiently and deliciously! Here are nice healthy cooking tips to help you create quick healthy meals.

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The tips below will come in hand for these overwhelming days:

– Think of meals you could make a double batch of for dinner and then eat again for the next day.

– Shop and prep your meals in bulk. Make whatever meals you can ahead of time and in bulk and store them in the refrigerator.

– Cut up veggies all at once and store them in bags. Cook up a bunch of rice and legumes to use for multiple meals. Bake a large amount of lean meat or chicken to add to your salads throughout the week.

– Make your lunch and prepare your snacks for your workday the night before.

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Healthy and efficient recipes you can prepare:

1. Kale and Lemon with Ricotta and poached Egg

Saute chopped kale with crushed garlic in olive oil; add water and cook until tender. Season with lemon, salt, and pepper. Spread toasted bread with ricotta cheese. Top with kale and an optional poached egg.

2. Banana, Almond Milk and Date Smoothie

Crush a handful of ice cubes in a blender; add bananas, halved dates, almond milk, and a sprinkling of ground flaxseed; blend until smooth.

3. Greek Yogurt and Vegetable Sandwich

Spread a slice of whole-wheat bread with plain Greek yogurt. Add grated carrots, sliced avocado, chopped walnuts. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and top with another slice of bread.

4. Steamed Wild Salmon with Fresh Herbs and Fennel

Steam skinless salmon fillets in a little oil for about 6 minutes. Stir a mixture of chopped herbs (parsley, basil, tarragon, dill) with minced shallot, olive oil and lemon juice; season to taste.

5. Tortillas with Corn, Peppers and Mashed Beans

Mash black beans with ground cumin. Sauté corn and sliced peppers in olive oil with chopped garlic. Toast corn tortillas. Spread bean on tortillas and top with corn and peppers; a sprinkling of cheese if you like.

6. Pasta, Chicken and Broccoli

Cook the Farfalle pasta and broccoli florets, along with grilled or cooked skinless chicken breast. Add crushed almonds for a nutty taste!

Hopefully this article proves that eating well,  healthily and enjoyably certainly does not mean elaborate planning and preparations followed by a couple of hours of hard kitchen toil. That just does not have to be the case!   So don’t stress about healthy eating, don’t take what you think is the easy option by grabbing ready meals or just snacking on less than good foods. Just follow these tips and enjoy!

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