18 Quick Dinner Ideas After a Long & Tiring Day | The Health Sessions

18 Quick Dinner Ideas After a Long & Tiring Day

If you’re a regular reader of The Health Sessions, you might have noticed that I love ideas on how you can make it easier to put healthy and comforting meals on the table when you struggle with limited energy and mobility. From using a slow cooker and putting sheet pan dinners in the oven to prepping freezer meals for sick days, there are several ways you can save energy while cooking.

However, many of my go-to strategies that require less effort often do require a long time in the oven/crockpot, or some planning ahead and meal prepping in return. But sometimes, after a long and tiring day, you just want a bowl of food now, and not wait another 30 or 45 minutes before dinner’s ready.

What can you do to quickly whip up a meal that’s still healthy and satisfying? Something that ideally doesn’t require a massive amount of chopping or cleaning up afterwards?

First of all, when available and affordable, buying pre-cut vegetables, sliced proteins or fresh pasta helps to speed up the cooking process. You don’t have to splurge on these foods for every dinner, you can save this luxury for those occasions when you know you’ll be too tired for much cooking – like after a long day in the hospital for example.

The right equipment will also make it easier to whip up a quick meal. A wok enables you to prep a stir-fry in no time, while a large skillet comes in handy for one-pot dinners that’ll save you a load of dishwashing.

And finally, remember you don’t have to pack all the superfoods, nutrients and toppings into one dinner. It’s ok if some nights you have a very simple meal, and your bowl doesn’t look Pinterest-worthy.

With that in mind, here are 18 healthy and quick dinner ideas for tiring days. 

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12 Light Pasta Recipes Packed with Flavor - And Veggies! | The Health Sessions

12 Light Pasta Recipes That Are Packed with Flavor (And Veggies!)

Ah pasta. It’s the ultimate comfort food: it warms you up, satisfies your carb cravings and – depending on the recipes – it can be quick and easy to make after a tiring day.

But sadly, spaghetti, macaroni and lasagna don’t have the best reputation when it comes to healthy eating. Pasta tends to be heavy in carbs and calories, especially if you add a creamy sauce like carbonara or high-fat meat balls.

Thankfully, nowadays you can find plenty of light pasta recipes online, from Paleo and vegetarian versions to gluten-free twists packed with vegetables. Ok, maybe the Italian nonnas won’t approve of deviating from their traditional dishes, but at least you can still enjoy your bowl of pasta while sticking to your health goals!

Take a look at these 12 light pasta recipes that are still full of flavor – and veggies! 

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14 Healthy Brunch Recipes for Slow Sundays

14 Healthy Brunch Recipes for Slow Sundays

Isn’t brunch the ideal mealtime on weekends?

You can still take it slow in the morning and work up an appetite. You can have savory and sweet dishes, both hot and cold. And depending on your health and daily rhythm, meeting friends over brunch may work better for your energy levels than late night dinner and drinks.

No matter if you want to celebrate Mother’s Day in style, crave a hearty start of the day or you’d love to organize an elegant but easy brunch party, here are 14 healthy brunch recipes that are perfect for slow Sundays.

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11 Tips to Gain Back Weight After Illness | The Health Sessions

11 Tips to Gain Back Weight After Illness

There’s so much emphasis on losing weight, that it can be hard to understand why gaining back weight after illness could be a problem. After all, you just have an extra serve of food at dinner or indulge on pizza with wine and you’re back on your ideal weight, right?

Unfortunately, that’s not the case for everybody. Some diseases, medications and treatments make it difficult to reach a healthy weight, and genetics play a role too. What’s more, a diet of French fries, ice cream and soda sounds tasty, but these foods can seriously upset your stomach or worsening your existing symptoms by increasing the overall inflammation in your body. Not exactly what you want when you’re already chronically ill.

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12 Healthy Movie Night Snacks for a Fun Movie Marathon | The Health Sessions

12 Healthy Movie Night Snacks to Try This Weekend

Let’s face it: good food makes everything a little better.

When you have arthritis, chronic fatigue or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, you probably spend plenty of time at home, resting. And there’s nothing like a captivating story to take your mind off your pain and problems for a while. What’s more, great movies can provide hope and inspiration. By showing similar situations from another point of view, movies also help you to reframe your problems, offer different solutions and see how things could work out.

A crunchy snack to munch on is all you need to turn your regular TV night into a fun movie marathon. Whether you love classic popcorn, salted pretzels or chocolate bars, there are healthier versions of all your favorite movie night snacks, sweet and savory.

No matter if you’re binge-watching by yourself, socializing with friends or having a date night at home, treat yourself to these 12 healthy movie night snacks for the ultimate film-viewing experience! 

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