Every morning we’re faced with two nagging thoughts: the first, of course, being “What am I going to wear?”  and the second: “What could I possibly scrounge together for lunch today (that I’m not entirely sick of already)?”

Although we may not be able to help you decide between those two shirts, we can definitely help your morning run a little smoother with three recipes that are bound to help you save time, money and calories.

With a simple list of groceries, you can create our amazing Vegetable Salad with Grapes and Chickpeas, Everything Green Salad, and Strawberry Arugula Salad that are so good, you’ll be looking forward to your lunch all night and morning (even more than you already do).

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1. For an excellent source of protein, try this Vegetable Salad with Grapes recipe, which includes protein-rich chickpeas.

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2. We all know the many health benefits of eating your greens, so why not try this delicious Everything Green Salad recipe. (Note: For a healthier, more efficient option, opt for a store-bought, low-cal creamy salad dressing.)

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3. Strawberry Arugula Salad (see recipe below).

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Ingredients: (for two servings)
4 strawberries, hulled and cut in half
5 cups baby arugula
¼ cup chopped walnuts
3 Tbsp goat cheese
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp  balsamic vinegar

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix strawberries, arugula and walnuts. Pour in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and toss. Plate the salad and top with goat cheese.

renee-headshot Renée Reardin is a lifestyle writer and stylist living in Toronto. To learn more about her, visit www.reneereardin.com, and follow her on Twitter @reneereardin.