I try to make it a goal to eat some greens everyday. Most of the time, I like to consume them by enjoying a nice – usually big – bodacious salad. Sometimes I’ll even come home from work around midnight and just make a nice quick salad because I feel like I just need those greens. Here’s an example of what one looked like the other night:
(some arugula, leftover diced bok choy greens, diced radishes, sunflower seeds and my favorite organic Woodstock barbecue sauce).
I do acknowledge that some days are much harder than others for getting your greens and veggies in.
Do you ever have one of those days when you’re in quite the pinch and putting in the time to prepare, eat and clean up after making a good wholesome meal just isn’t feasible?
Time for the Pack-a-Salad Method to come to the rescue.
Now, let me try and sell you on this one.
First, some pictures:
mixed greens, diced green pepper, shredded carrot, kalamata olives, pumpkin seeds, random spices, and balsamic vinegar
sliced cucumbers, diced red and yellow peppers, pickled beets, mint leaves, goat cheese, sunflower seeds, balsamic glaze
Second, some benefits (a.k.a. why you need to implement the Pack-a-Salad Method into your life ASAP):
- You are consuming dark, leafy greens and vegetables, thereby giving your body an assortment of vital nutrients; nutrients that will help you sustain good energy for whatever activities you are embarking on and also to support your health in general.
- They are very quick, versatile, and easy to make. I’ve literally whipped up a salad in less than 10 minutes before running out the door (like the ones in the pictures above!).
- There’s not much clean-up at all! A cutting board and a knife. And the bowl later on in the day. And possibly the cheese grater if you grate some carrots, but you can just slice them if you’re feeling ooober lazy.
- You can make sure you are eating up your produce so it doesn’t go bad, and you can also use up some of your leftovers! Keep reading for more details on that.
Okay, now that you’re dying to know, here is what the Pack-a-Salad Method entails:
- Get a bowl with a lid; I highly suggest a 4-cup Pyrex bowl because it’s such a great size, and I love using glass over plastic (this set is my favorite if you’re looking for more sizes).
- Place a bed of greens on the bottom. Anything. Mixed greens, romaine, leaf lettuce, spinach, arugula, chard, beet greens, bok choy greens, kale, you name it.
- Cut, dice, slice, grate any sort of vegetables you have on hand: carrots, tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, celery, radishes, scallions, pickled beets, broccoli, bell peppers. You can use leftover steamed vegetables too!
- Add protein. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds. Pecans, walnuts, almonds. A hard-boiled egg. I really only add goat cheese as far as dairy goes because it’s so creamy and gives the salad an awesome flavor. You can also add organic, local, or good quality meat as well if you have some of that on hand (think leftovers again).
- Add some pizazz! Dried fruit (cherries, raisins, or cranberries), olives, hearts of palm, seasonings, mint leaves. Not all of that together though. Unless you want to, but I sure wouldn’t. Just any miscellaneous ingredients you think would accompany what you have already put in the salad.
- Dressing. I never go the conventional dressing route. Many of them are filled with lots of junk like GMO oils, sugar, corn syrup, MSG, and preservatives. There are some good organic ones out there, but I never really buy them because I like dressing the salad myself. Goat cheese and avocados are really creamy, and I love pairing those two with balsamic vinegar. You can use balsamic vinegar or glaze and olive oil. Or lemon juice or lime juice with a piece of fruit (I’ve done orange slices, grapefruit slices, mango slices, raspberries, diced apples or diced peaches!). Or whole grain mustard, honey, and lime juice mixed together for a honey mustard dressing.
- Place the lid on, and bring with you to your destination. Give the salad a nice little shake up before enjoying at your convenience.
Start simple and then branch out to figure out what you like. I’ve come to realize what my ultimate favorite pairings are, and I stick with those a lot. Also, you can check out some of my other salad posts to get more ideas!
Oh, and how about those sales woman tactics?! Are you just dying to try this the next chance you get? 😉