Greasy hamburgers at lunch or a buttered bagel is not everyone’s idea of a dream lunch. Healthy eating is important but not always so easy when you have little time on your hands. You may be forced to eat snacks that you do not enjoy in a rush.

However, there are recipes that do not involve spending a lot of time or having special culinary skills. Try these 14 healthy easy recipes for busy people on the go.

1. Green Salads

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Salads are super easy to make and require no cooking at all. Just chop up the ingredients and put it in a Tupperware and you are good to go. You can make a lot at once and keep for later.

Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How to make it:

  1. Chop kale into small bite-size pieces. Squeeze out the lemon juice and whisk in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Toss kale in the mix and add bean sprouts or cheese

2. Chickpea Slaw

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Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 ½ cups of sliced green cabbage
  • 2 stalks celery (sliced)
  • 2 shredded carrots
  • 2 tbsps. sesame seeds (toasted)

How to make it:

  1. Stir together yogurt, vinegar, water, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add in chickpeas, cabbage, celery, and carrots.
  3. Toss and sprinkle in sesame seeds.

3. Juice Your Greens

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Ingredients:

  • A handful of kale
  • A handful of cabbage
  • A handful of parsley
  • A stalk of celery
  • An apple or a pear

How to make it:

  1. Place the ingredients one at a time into your juicer.
  2. Put it in your favorite bottle and you are done!

4. Steamed Veggies And Meat

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This recipe includes meat but does not take years to prepare. Steaming cooks the meal really fast. If you are a vegan, you can use tofu to substitute the meat.

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • Meat (of your choice)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Apple cider vinegar

How to make it:

  1. Steam broccoli and meat in a steamer while drizzling the meat with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
  2. Remove the broccoli when it becomes soft and the meat when it is well cooked.
  3. Remember to sprinkle on some salt and pepper.

5. Seared Meat and Vegetables

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A skillet will come in handy for this dish. And yes, it is another meal with veggies and meat, you cannot go wrong with this. It is a mix and matches meaning you can switch up the oils, seasonings, and vegetables according to your taste.

Ingredients:

  • Ground meat (of your choice)
  • Vegetables (anyone you fancy)
  • Organic oil/butter
  • Store bought sauce/dressing
  • Salt

How to make it:

  1. Cook meat with heated organic oil/butter in a skillet over moderate heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add in shredded and chopped vegetables and stir until the meat cooks and the vegetables are semi-soft.
  3. Put your salt or dressing to give it some extra flavor.

6. Green Smoothie

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Smoothies are quite filling and combine fruits and vegetables for a healthy breakfast if you need to rush out in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. Spirulina
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Milk/Soy milk
  • Blend till smooth and enjoy. To make it thicker, add ice in with the ingredients.
  • A tea smoothie

Note: If you like green tea, then try out this smoothie that uses your favourite tea and fruits:

  • ¾ cup green tea
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Agave nectar
  • 1 small pear
  • 2 tbsps. fat-free plain yogurt

How to make it:

Blend until smooth.

7. Feta Omelet and Toast

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Toast and eggs will definitely taste different from this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Chopped broccoli
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. Feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 2 slices toasted bread
  • Olive oil

How to make it:

  1. Cook broccoli for three minutes in heated skillet.
  2. Mix feta, eggs, and dill in a bowl and cook in the pan for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Eat with toast.

8. Banana and Almond Toast

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This recipe is sure to keep you full until lunchtime.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 slice rye bread
  • 1 sliced banana

How to make it:

Cover toast with almond butter and put banana slices.

9. Quinoa

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You can cook the quinoa the night before to reduce the amount of time spent on the dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small tomato (chopped)
  • 1 scallion (chopped)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How to make it:

Gently toss all the ingredients in a bowl and voila, you are done.

10. Hummus and Beans

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Mashing your beans to create hummus takes just a few minutes.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup canned white beans
  • 1 tbsp. chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Assorted Vegetables (chopped)

How to make it:

  1. Combine beans, chives and lemon juice in a small bowl and mash till smooth.
  2. Add assorted vegetables.

11. Egg Sandwich

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cooked eggs (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. red bell peppers (chopped)
  • ¼ curry powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Rye bread
  • ½ fresh spinach

How to make it:

  1. Combine eggs, yogurt, bell pepper, curry powder, salt, and pepper and stir well.
  2. Place the spinach on the rye bread and egg salad.

12. Swiss Sandwich and Ham

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Whip up a simple but tasty sandwich.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • ¼ Tsp. dried dill
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1-ounce lean sliced ham
  • 1 pear (sliced)
  • 1 1- ounce slice Swiss cheese

How to make it:

  1. Combine yogurt and dill in a bowl and stir until blended.
  2. Spread mix on bread slices with ham, pear slices, cheese, and bread slice.

13. Salmon Noodles

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Noodles take just a few minutes to cook and are extremely tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces noodles or spaghetti
  • 5 ounces asparagus (cut)
  • 1 (6-oz) salmon fillet
  • 1tbsp sesame oil
  • Zest and juice of 1-2 limes
  • Salt
  • Fresh pepper
  • 4 ounces cucumber (cut)
  • ½ avocado

How to make it:

  1. Cook noodles for 6-8 minutes until soft.
  2. Strain and then add asparagus to boiling water.
  3. Cook for 2 minutes then rinse with cold water.
  4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes.

14. Spaghetti Squash

This is one of my favourite recipes on the go (all it takes is 20 mins)! I substitute pasta for spaghetti squash. No plate needed.

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • 2 pinch’ of salt
  • 2 pinch’ of pepper

Steps: 

Check out the detailed steps in this full recipe here.

All these recipes can be prepared with ease and have carbs, proteins and fat to keep you energized until your next meal.

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