Work Foods – Chickpea Salad

I have been looking for higher protein low calorie food to take to work for lunch as work tends to be one of my bad eating areas (I can do so well at home but at work in front of a computer all day I seem to be always hungry).

This fresh salad has all of the great veggies that are delicious plus some great protein to keep me more full throughout the day. And its meatless to boot!

This recipe is definitely easy to reduce if needed, which I plan on doing this weekend (I am not sure i can eat it every day!)

Here are the ingredients for a six serving lunch:

1  19oz can of chickpeas (drained)

1/4 of a cup of sliced red onion

2 cups of grape tomoatoes

2 cups of diced cucumber

3/4 cup of a bell pepper – I love red and orange, but green is totally fine as well 🙂

1 avocado

Lemon juice (to keep avocado fresh)

For the dressing:

1/4 cup of olive oil

2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar

Directions:

Place chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, diced cucumbers and peppers into a bowl.

Cut avocado into cubes and squeeze lemon juice over it to keep from turning.

Refrigerate, and enjoy whenever.

 

Nutrition information: 240 calories per serving (this is an estimate and will vary based on brands of ingredients used)

Mental Tricks to Beat Cravings – Distractions

Everyone gets cravings ever now and then (or more so for me). What I do to help this is to have a list of things that I can do instead, or distractions to get my mind off of it. Before a craving strikes, be ready to combat it by having a ready list of alternative activities to help beat the cravings. Things on my list:

Paint my nails

Read a book

Go for a run/walk

Clean the house

Etc.

By having this list handy you can concentrate on something different and then watch how the craving starts to diminish.

Reply to this thread and let me know how this works for you.

Other possible distractions may be:

Play a video game

Groom your pets

Call your friends

Workout

Shopping

Brushing your teeth

Deep breathing

Meditation