LifeVester Recipe: Basil Tomato “Pasta” with Chicken

Recipe: Basil Tomato "Pasta" with Chicken

The following easy-to-make recipe comes from LifeVester Angela Delgado, and offers a much lighter alternative to your traditional plate of pasta. Since Angela discovered zucchini could be turned into noodles a few months ago, she’s been making it every single week!

“It tricks me into thinking I’m eating pasta, which I’ve always been addicted to,” she says. “It’s really quick and has simple flavors that all come together to create a really fresh dish.”

With less than half the calories of regular pasta, and a whole lot of vitamin C and other nutrients, this is one pasta where building a healthy addiction would be well-warranted! Serve it up as a light meal or alongside a slice of whole grain bread and a salad.

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Operation Lunchbox: Ideas for packing a memorable and healthy lunch

Operation lunchbox

Food blogger and business owner Trish Ryan is constantly looking for healthy options to feed herself and her family. She is the founder of Time for Dinner, a meal planning service to help you enjoy healthy meals with your family.

In this post, she explores easy ways to pack a lunch from home that will not just save you money, but extra calories too.

We’ve heard it before and it is sound advice – packing is the way to go to keep lunchtime healthy. Here’s why:

  • Planning ahead eliminates the temptation of making remorseful decisions, such as reaching for a quick slice of pizza along with the soda sitting nearby. Making healthy choices is easier when thinking the night before, well in advance of early hunger impulses that’ll lead your mind astray.
  • It also allows you to easily control your portion sizes so you can appropriately eat for one. We all know that the typical “single-order” of Chinese takeout could really serve a family of three, but sometimes stopping ourselves 1/3 of the way through just doesn’t happen. Plate up your own food, and the option to overeat can be eliminated all together.
  • The added bonus? You’ll also save yourself some money. Check out this graph that visualizes your savings. The average bagged lunch can save you close to $1,000 per year if you pack 20 times per week.

Packing ahead doesn’t need to take hours to produce a lunch that’s both exciting and memorable. And don’t worry – we know plain old PB&J doesn’t fit this description, so that won’t be one of the items we suggest. Instead, implement these three creative ideas that’ll help your brown baggin’ bring you a little lunchroom stardom.

Warning: Lunchtime envy may ensue. Make sure your lunch has your name clearly labeled on it, or someone may try claiming it as their own.

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