5 Healthy Foods and Recipes That Make You Enjoy Working From Home

Stay fit and boost your energy level with these easy-to-do recipes!

Working from home can seem very attractive to many people. But what to do when your motivation starts to run low? Try these healthy recipes!

Healthy food is a hot topic that has rapidly invaded media all around the world. Quinoa, kale, brown rice, whole grains, and a number of other super-foods have come to light as the must-eat products for a truly balanced and healthy way of life. But for those of us who have a more traditional diet, it can be hard to integrate these healthy foods into our meals. This is especially true if you cook for the whole family and have to please a wide range of tastes.

However, if you work from home, it is more likely that you will have the time and resources to try out some new healthy recipes. Think about the benefits of a healthy diet for you and your family, and about all the energy you’re going to get when you’re working from home. Schedule some breaks from your work and start making the kitchen your friend!  

We’ll show you a list of five healthy foods to include in your diet and some creative ways to do it!

1.Whole grains

Contrary to popular belief, carbohydrates are not bad for your health. It is all a matter of steering clear of the refined types found in processed foods. Replace white bread, white pasta, cakes, biscuits and sweets with healthy alternatives, like whole grain products. Their rich content in fibre keeps your energy levels high for a long time and helps you deal with weight loss.

Products: whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, oatmeal, whole grain cereal, whole grain biscuits, brown rice, quinoa.

Recipe idea: Whole wheat pasta with broccoli and almonds

How to make it: Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add some salt. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan and add 1 red chili, sliced and deseeded, and 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced. Cook on a low temperature until golden. Add 250g of whole wheat pasta to the water and cook according to the instructions on the pack. 4 minutes before being ready, add 300g of sliced broccoli. After cooking, drain and add to the frying pan. Add the zest from 1 lemon, 25g of flaked almonds and mix the ingredients well. Split into two portions and top with Parmesan according to taste.

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2. Salmon

Fish and shellfish are widely recognised by nutritionists for their beneficiary properties. Of all the types of fish, salmon has become a popular choice of ‘brain food’. With a high content of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, salmon is an excellent protein recommended for healthy brain function and heart disease prevention. If you’re worried that working from home makes you have a sedentary lifestyle, try to include healthy proteins into your diet to turn the balance into your favour.

Products: salmon can be purchased fresh, frozen, canned, smoked, as either whole or fillets and it can be either wild (a superior and more expensive range) or farm-grown.

Recipe idea: Zingy salmon & brown rice salad

How to make it: Cook 200g of brown rice following pack instructions and 3 minutes before it’s done add 200g soya beans, defrosted. Drain under cool running water. Take 2 salmon fillets and microwave for 3 minutes on High or until cooked. Allow it to cool, remove the skin with a fork, then flake. Dice one cucumber, slice a bunch of spring onions and chop a small bunch of coriander. Fold all these ingredients together with the cooked salmon into the rice and beans. In a bowl, mix the zest and juice from 1 lime, 1 red chilli and 4 tbsp of soy sauce, then pour over the rice.

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3. Forest fruit

They may be small, but their impact on our health is huge. Berries are full of antioxydantes which keep your body safe from free radicals, thus preventing unwanted illness. Anthocyanins combined with quercetin are majorly responsible for decreasing memory loss related to age, and the high vitamin C levels keep your hair and skin healthy and lower the risk of arthritis or cataracts. Their content in fiber is good for weight loss and for keeping blood pressure in check.

Home-based jobs can mean a sedentary lifestyle and the temptation to have unhealthy snacks. Why not switch to this healthy recipe with delicious forest fruit as an alternative?

Recipe idea: Forest fruit and banana smoothie

How to make it: Mix forest fruits with a sliced banana and low-fat yoghurt in your blender or food-processor and get a delicious healthy smoothie!

4. Green leafy vegetables

Leafy green vegetables are widely considered number 1 on the healthy food list. A healthy diet cannot do without the nutrients that these vegetables contain: vitamins A and C, calcium, fiber, iron and protein.

Products: spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, lettuce and others.

Recipe idea: Spinach and watercress salad

How to make it: You need 100g bag of baby spinach and 1 large bunch of watercress. Slice 1 red onion, small, and mix it with the greens, then prepare a salad dressing from 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Mix everything together and you have a freshly-made, tasty salad to enjoy at your desk. Makes working from home have a lot of perks, doesn’t it?

5. Dark chocolate

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Yes, we said it, you can have chocolate! Just make sure to choose the healthy alternative to sugary, processed chocolate which provides only a temporary energy boost. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, is your one true ally. It is rich in a type of antioxidant called flavanol, which is excellent for heart health and it boosts your energy levels instantly. So when you run out of inspiration while working from home on a project, don’t worry about not being able to ask someone for an idea! Take a break, have some dark chocolate and you’ll get a new flow of energy!

Now prepare yourselves for an adventure down the chocolate lane with this unique recipe!

Recipe idea: Chocolate soup

How to make it: You need 150ml double cream, 200g dark chocolate, good-quality, 100 ml strong coffee, 4 tbsp brandy, optional and vanilla ice cream to serve. Put the cream in a saucepan and boil at medium heat. Chop the chocolate using a heavy knife and add it when the cream starts to boil. Gently stir until you have a smooth mixture and then add the brandy and coffee, if you opted for them. Divide in 4 bowls and add ice cream to serve.

Sources: www.healthline.com, www.joybauer.com and www.bbcgoodfood.com