Pain, Chronic Pain, Mental Health & Managing Energy In the Kitchen

Good morning!

I’ve got a really simple but delicious grab-and-go salad recipe for you today!

Meal prep plays a big role in improving your health when you are in pain or have a chronic pain or mental health condition. Managing energy while being in the kitchen is important!

So this recipe helps in sticking to your nutrition game-plan as it gives you up to 4 days worth of lunches! Help make your life a lot easier for managing your energy AND stay on track with your goals for being healthier.

It’s perfect for customizing it based on your taste and what veggies you have on hand. Feel free to experiment because you can’t go wrong!

Also – you can amp up the protein quotient on this by adding your choice of protein just before serving. Try shrimp, chicken, cooked beef, black or pinto beans, or tofu.

Store this as-is, without the dressing or protein, otherwise, it could get soggy.

Delish Meal-Prep Salads

(this makes 4 servings)

What You Need –


  • 4 cups/big handfuls shredded cabbage or dark leafy green lettuce
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa or brown rice
  • 2 bell peppers (your choice of color), chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cup beets, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • OPTIONAL: 2 cups shrimp, shredded cooked chicken, or other protein choice

Peanut Sauce (* be cautious if any allergies)

  • ½ cup (130 g) peanut or almond butter
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) lower-sodium coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) water
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Putting It Together –

  1. Get 4 reusable glass containers. Place equal amounts of all of the ingredients in the containers, EXCEPT your optional protein choice.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ingredients and pour equal amounts into ¼-cup containers.

3. Store in the fridge until ready to eat. To serve, stir ½ cup of your protein choice into the salad, shake the dressing well, and pour it over the top of the salad.  Mix well and enjoy!

Have a great day!



CEO & Chief Medical Exercise Specialist @ the Other Pain Clinic Inc

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