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7 Stress-Free Ways To Eat A Little Healthier This Week

Don't overthink it.

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1. Get a slightly healthier lunch at your favorite takeout or fast-food spot.

For example, a steak burrito bowl with black beans, fajita veggies, fresh tomato salsa, cheese, and lettuce at Chipotle, a BK Veggie Burger at Burger King, and a Protein Bistro Box from Starbucks, are all quick, healthier lunch options.

Get a bunch of ideas for healthy things to order at places like Chipotle, McDonald's, Pret a Manger, Subway, Taco Bell, and more here.

2. Eat more vegetables by sneaking them into your favorite comfort foods.

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You can blend butternut squash into your grilled cheese (pictured above), add a pile of zucchini or broccoli to your pasta bowl, and make that cheese omelet into a spinach and mushroom omelet with cheese.

Here's a bunch of recipes that'll help you eat more vegetables without even noticing.

3. Make some tasty popcorn to snack on while you Netflix.

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Get three different healthy popcorn recipes (paprika, curry powder, and salt; garlic powder and grated parmesan; oregano, black pepper, and sea salt) here, and more ideas for snacks that healthy people actually eat here.


4. Assemble a high-protein snack that will actually keep you full.

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Make your snacks more robust and satisfying by adding something with protein — hummus, an egg, a few slices of turkey, or some nut butter — every time you munch.

Get a bunch of recipes for stuff you can pack and take with you here.

5. Whip up this creamy chocolate avocado pudding for dessert.

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It's magical: Just blend half an avocado, 1 Medjool date, 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder till the mix is smooth. Flavor-wise you'd never know that this is legit good for you.

Get the recipe here.

6. Make these no-bake peanut butter balls and grab a few for a breakfast on the go.

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Combine 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 1 1/2 cups of uncooked quick oats, about a 1/4 cup of dried cranberries, and 1 banana, and mix well. Shape them into balls and refrigerate. Voilà: Oatmeal, fruit, and peanut butter that make a damn good (and hearty) way to start the day.

Get the recipe here.

7. Make your own flavored coffee creamer with vanilla extract and your sweetener of choice.

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Or almond extract! Just add a couple drops to your creamer of choice, add a bit of sugar or whatever sweetener you like, and mix!

You can also make something a bit richer using sweetened condensed milk along with half and half, a flavor extract (vanilla, almond, cinnamon, you name it) and maple syrup or cocoa powder. Check out some of those recipes here. Either way, whatever you whip up will be better for you than adding a zillion sugars to try to make that office coffee bearable or using storebought flavored creamer.

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