Quick Meal Options For Busy Travelers


New Yorkers and other urban dwellers are busy people, let’s face it. According to the New York Post, they are even too busy to chew their food. Thus here are three lazy dinner options that every busy road warrior can make in less than 10 minutes. These options are quick, healthy and extremely delicious. Let’s get it started then!

Option 1: Skinny salad

This is a salad that can be prepared in just 5 minutes. It contains healthy fats and a lot of protein so you will stay fuller for longer without gaining extra weight.


  • 400g smoked chicken breast fillets, thinly sliced
  • 1 large avocado, halved, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 sun-dried tomatoes


  • Arrange lettuce, chicken, avocado and sun-dried tomatoes on a large platter.
  • Sprinkle with almonds.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Whisk oil in a bowl until well combined, add Italian herbs and spices.

Option 2: Sweet tooth magic balls

If you have a sweet tooth and crave something sugary in the evening, these magic balls are perfect for you. Made in just 10 minutes, they will give you a kick of energy for the next day as well.


  • 200 g black sesame paste
  • 12 large small dates that should be soaked in boiling water for approximately an hour
  • 20 g goji berries
  • 20 g rasin
  • 2 tablespoons date syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon maca root powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut


  • Blend all the ingredients in a mixer.
  • Form balls (12 large).
  • Sprinkle your balls with shredded coconut.
  • Put in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Option 3: Let’s go juicy!

Pumpkin juice may be a perfect dinner option if you don’t feel very hungry, but still don’t want to go to bed on an empty stomach. Quick and super nutritious so let’s go juicy, New Yorkers!


  • 1/2 fresh raw pumpkin (seeds and stem removed)
  • 1 red apple (core and stem removed)
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1-inch piece ginger (skin removed)
  • 2 tbs organic pumpkin puree
  • Dash cinnamon


  • Combine all ingredients in fruits and vegetables.
  • Discard solids.
  • Strain juice through a fine-mesh sieve before serving in glasses.
  • Serve immediately.

Would love to know…what’s your go-to quick and healthy dinner option?  Share below!

By: Agness Walewinder

Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New York...as used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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