These are the top 5 ingredients for healthy prepared meals

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Meal prep is all the rage right now. Nearly every magazine, YouTube channel and website touts the benefits of prepping meals ahead of time so that you can have healthy lunches and dinners all week long. To some, this is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a few hours in the kitchen batch cooking, but for others, the idea of spending a few hours on a Sunday afternoon cooking up a few pots of different foods seems absolutely horrible. For those people, meal delivery is a great option. Meal delivery services often have a lot of the same wonderful ingredients and recipes one might make at home, but with zero prep or clean up involved. How many times have you heard someone say “I’d eat healthy if I had someone to cook healthy food for me.” Well now, that can be a reality. Here are a few of the ingredients you are most likely to you see in your healthy prepared meals:

  1. Brown rice- Brown rice is a staple grain in healthy meal prep because it is good for you and provides a source of healthy carbs. Brown rice makes a great base for any meal because it also holds up well in the fridge and does not get soggy. In addition, it is extremely versatile and can take on the flavors of a lot of different cuisines.
  2. Sweet potatoes- Sweet potatoes are a meal preppers dream because they are hearty, delicious and good warm or cold. They reheat well if necessary and are also a filling addition to a meal. Like brown rice, they can be seasoned a variety of ways to mimic any kind of cuisine.
  3. Black beans- Black beans are an excellent source of protein and a favorite of meal preppers who are vegan or vegetarian. Black beans are extremely filling, high in protein and make a delicious pairing with brown rice, a little salsa and some fresh vegetables for a no-guilt burrito bowl recipe.
  4. Lean, grilled protein- For those who do not follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, meat might be a large part of meal prep. Dietitians recommend lean protein such as turkey, chicken or fish like salmon. When grilled, these lean proteins lose a lot of the fat but not any of the flavor. A three to four ounce piece of chicken or fish paired with rice and a vegetable of your choice is one of the easiest, healthiest meals around.
  5. Greens- Similar to your mom telling you to eat your vegetables as a child, the new rallying cry is to “get more greens.” Green vegetables are high in iron, vitamins and nutrients, but also low in calories. Options like spinach, kale, green beans, brussels sprouts, bok choy and asparagus are some of the top options.

As you can see, meal prep, especially when done for you by places like The Prep Shop can be easy, hassle-free, and most importantly, healthy and delicious. When you know you are putting good ingredients into your body, you can feel confident that your body and mind will function at their highest level.

Top 5 ways to save for cosmetic dentistry

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If you have your sights set on a dental procedure such as whitening, veneers or Invisalign, you know that it may not always be cheap. This is because often times, insurance will not cover a cosmetic procedure since it is not medically necessary. While this can be a little frustrating, it should not deter you from getting a procedure done if you think it would make you a happier, more confident person. If you do not have the necessary money tucked away, it may be most prudent for you to think about saving for the procedure. Sometimes that can seem a little daunting, but here are a few easy ways to start saving a bit of money so that you are able to get your cosmetic dentistry done in no time!

1.      Skip your coffee habit. This is an easy one to wrap your head around because if you are looking to have dental work done, you probably already know that coffee is bad for your teeth. It can stain them and wear away the enamel, neither of which make for a beautiful smile. Perhaps the worst thing about coffee in this instance, however, is that is can be a stress on your bank account. Let’s say you get coffee from a coffee shop 5 days a week before work. That is nearly 25 dollars a week that you could be saving. You would have saved up quite a few hundred dollars in just a few months if you simply stop paying for coffee.

2.      Bring your lunch to work. This is another quick fix. Everyone knows buying lunch every day can get expensive and even though in order to bring lunch to work, you would have to make sure you had the groceries to do so, in the long run, buying groceries and meal prepping will be a lot cheaper than spending $10-$15 a day on overpriced lunches at nearby restaurants.

3.      Get an automatic savings account. Many banks offer different ways to save without you realizing. Some banks will allow you to opt in to rounding up, meaning that ever purchase you make on your card, your bank will round up to the nearest dollar and automatically transfer that to a savings account. While this is not the fastest way to save because it is usually only a few cents, every bit can help.

4.      Night in instead of nights out. Rather than going out with friends for expensive dinners, drinks or outings, offer to host an event at your house over the weekend. Have everyone bring food or wine and that way, everyone will get the pleasure of hanging out together, but everyone will save a little bit of money…and who can argue with that. To work towards your cosmetic dentist payment, estimate how much you would have spent on a night out versus a night in and put the difference in a savings account.

5.      Coupons are your friend. Just because you are saving for a big purchase does not mean that your need for every day life items will go away. In order to offset some of this cost, get friendly with coupons and your local grocery store’s circular. This will help you save money on needed items while still saving for your purchase. If you are really diligent, you can put the difference between the regular and sales price in savings.

What to expect on the day of your lasik surgery

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So, you have decided to get lasik eye surgery at Mile High Eye Institute, but you still feel a little unsure about what to expect during the procedure. It is not uncommon to feel a bit uneasy or nervous, as many people do before any kind of medical procedure. Lasik eye surgery, however, is one of the easier procedures for a patient to undergo. With a virtually no pain and a quick heal time, the day of your lasik eye surgery should be relatively easy. Here is how the procedure will work.

First, you will be checked in and likely asked to fill out some paperwork and attend to any other housekeeping items before you are prepped for the procedure. This is also a good time to ask any additional questions that you are unsure of. Some people are quite nervous at this time, which is normal.

Next, you will enter the procedure room to be prepped for lasik surgery. To do this, the doctor will put some numbing drops into your eye or both eyes if you are having the procedure done on both eyes. These numbing drops will make it so that you have no pain during the surgery.

When the doctor does the procedure, they will use either a laser or a very small blade to create a flap in your cornea. Whether they use a laser or blade depends on what type of lasik surgery you are getting. Some doctors use all-laser treatments. When the flap is created, some patients have said they feel a little bit of pressure, however it is not painful.

After the flap is created, the doctor will lift it and use a laser to reshape the cornea underneath in order to correct your vision. This is a little different from cornea surgery because cornea surgery generally removes parts of the cornea to correct injury or infection and replaces it with new corneal tissue. With lasik surgery, there is just a bit of reshaping with a laser that has been programmed to address your specific eye needs.

The procedure will be done in around 15 minutes and your eyes will essentially start healing immediately. You may experience some watering of the eyes or changes in your vision over the next few days, but many people go back to work the next day.

Make sure to have a ride home on the day of the surgery however, as you may be sensitive to light and experience a bit of blurred vision directly after the procedure.

Your doctor will have you come back the next day to check on your eye or eyes and make sure it looks like it is healing well. You will likely also have a few check ups during the six months following the procedure. Make sure to attend these so that you can confirm the success of the surgery.
In this day and age, lasik surgery has become a quick, reliable option for people who no longer want to worry about wearing glasses or contacts. With a high success rate, quick heal time and long-term results, it is no wonder so many people decide to get lasik to address their vision correction issues.