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)

Cut This Out of Your Life to be Healthy

There are many things that you can do to be healthier, from doing things you hate, to doing things that actually hurt your self-being.  While anyone can say to cut food/calories and work out, there are other things that you can also do to help be more healthy.

  1. Negative self-talk:Would you tolerate others talking to you this way? So not then way do this to yourself?? Stop being mean and thinking less of yourself. Instead of the negative self-talk, give yourself compliments. You are good enough; you are a strong woman (or man). Mentally take notes on this and see if you talk negatively about yourself and instead say positive things. After a few days this can be more natural and so much more healthy for you.
  2. Workouts that you do not like: I do not like to do a spin class, and you know what? You won’t see me in one anytime soon, even with friends who like it. there are so many different types of exercise out there that you will eventually find something that clicks with you and in turn sticks with you 🙂
  3. Stress: This can be a hard one, from stress at work to everyday living, we all have it in some shape or form. The thing about stress is that you need to learn how to get past it. Talk to a therapist, meditate, try self-care, exercise, talk walks after dinner or work to unwind(I do this), all of these can help.

These are just a few habits that may come into play when trying to be a heather, happy you. Work on these and others that may be hindering your better self.  Let me know how you overcome these or similar issues.