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Green Machine Smoothie: Blend 1 cup spinach, 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 cups chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1 scoop wheat-grass until smooth and drink chilled. This boosting digestion and energy in the mornings. Check out recipes for curried Lentil soup (dahl) for lunch and oven baked Salmon for dinner.

I don’t know about you, but I often struggle with meal ideas, especially when I have to factor in breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then, what happens when you have kids or a finicky husband with meal restrictions? Sometimes, we just need help.

Here’s a quick and easy meal plan to help inspire you in your wellness goals and menu planning!

Breakfast: Green Machine Smoothie

Green Machine Smoothie

Green Machine Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries or raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop wheat-grass or green super-food powder

Directions:

Blend all the ingredients until smooth and serve.

Lunch: Zarina’s Curried Lentil Soup (Dahl)

Zarina’s Curried Lentil Soup (Dahl)

Zarina’s Curried Lentil Soup (Dahl)

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups  water
  • ½ cup yellow split peas
  • ½ cup orange lentils
  • ½ cup green lentils
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black/brown mustard seeds (available in bulk herb/spice section)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 Japanese eggplant chopped into 1 inch pieces – julienne
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon powdered chili peppers
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped garlic
  • cilantro to taste
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Directions:

  1. Combine water, split peas and lentils (yellow, orange, green) along with turmeric, eggplant, salt and chili peppers. Bring to boil.
  2. Melt butter in a separate pot and add onions, cumin, mustard seed and garlic. Cook until the onions become caramelized and add it to the lentils.
  3. Continue to cook until it turns into a thick base, consistently beating to crush up lentils, forming a nice thick soup.
  4. Cooking time is approximately one hour.

Serve with rice.

Dinner: Perfect Oven Baked Salmon

Perfect Oven Baked Salmon

Perfect Oven Baked Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 500 g wild sockeye salmon fillet (or organic tofu)
  • 1/2 sliced yellow onion
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 whole sliced lemon
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill

Directions:

  1. Place salmon fillet in a large piece of tinfoil. If using tofu, slice tofu block into 2-3 servings.
  2. Arrange onion and lemon slices over top of salmon or tofu.
  3. Sprinkle garlic, ginger and dill.
  4. Squeeze lemon on top.
  5. Wrap Salmon or tofu tightly in the foil.
  6. Bake at 325° for approximately 45 minutes, or until salmon or tofu is cooked through.

Serve with your choice of side.

Julie Pecarski
Star Expert

Julie Pecarski is the founder of Eat Life Balance.com, a holistic health and lifestyle solutions site. Eat Life Balance provides clean living recipes, nutritional guidance and lifestyle advice in an approach to guide readers into making small, simple changes in their eating habits, attitudes and mental balance. Julie is currently studying nutrition in Vancouver, BC.

Julie Pecarski
Star Expert

Julie Pecarski is the founder of Eat Life Balance.com, a holistic health and lifestyle solutions site. Eat Life Balance provides clean living recipes, nutritional guidance and lifestyle advice in an approach to guide readers into making small, simple changes in their eating habits, attitudes and mental balance. Julie is currently studying nutrition in Vancouver, BC.

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