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In a world where we’re always “on,” from the never-ending stream of Slack messages and emails to the demands of maintaining a social life and everything in between, remembering to eat can sometimes fall by the wayside.

But what about those times when you simply can’t find the energy to nourish your body — be it because you’re experiencing a depressive episode, your anxiety is particularly bad, or your stress levels are through the roof?

In those moments, mustering the energy to get up and cook for yourself — figuring out what to eat, finding the recipe, making sure you have the ingredients, plus just the effort of actually chewing — can feel like pushing a 200-pound weight up a mountain.

But here’s the thing, not eating can make you feel even more exhausted and weak.

So what are you to do when you find yourself in these situations?

As it happens, there are folks at Healthline who understand this experience all too well and they have their go-to recipes for when these moments strike.

To give you a bit of inspiration, these Healthliner’s have shared their personal favorites. Check them out, below:

Jamie Elmer, Copy Editor: Crockpot Chicken Salsa

Kathryn Chu, Software Engineer: Green Smoothie

Christal Yuen, Wellness Editor, Beauty: Dumplings and Napa Cabbage

Sam Dylan Finch, Mental Health and Chronic Conditions Editor: Veggie Hummus Wrap

Ginger Wojcik, Editorial Production Assistant: Bagel, Egg, and Cheese


Ashley Bess Lane is an editor turned freelancer turned editor. She is short, opinionated, a lover of gin, and has a head full of useless song lyrics and movie quotes. She’s on Twitter.