Monday, February 7, 2011

Trader Joes, Salad & slowing down

I have been doing great with my salad challenge!

 Last night was a quick little Ceasar from pre-made salad land, but this week I used 2 great items from Trader Joe's to up the salad experience! 

Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette is sweet and tangy and fat free! It was a wonderful topping to the salad below: spinach, beets, cauliflower, dates and almonds.

It was great, but I believe it could have used some grilled chicken! It needed that little something else, but the overall experience was wonderful! 

Next up the Cumin & Chili Chickpeas! This whole 8oz bag was less than two dollars and I used it a number of times! Both salads were sans meat, so using something like chickpeas to have a savory, meaty feel to the salad was exactly what it needed! 

And savory it was! Spinach, onion, shredded carrot, chickpea's and lemon and olive oil! Simple and savored! 

Slowing down: 

It's been really helpful to take part in this challenge because it's a daily reminder to get my greens in, to eat healthier and to slow DOWN and take the time to make your food! 

Picking the toppings
chopping the items
washing everything

All steps that we have to take to make a salad that cause us to slow down a little and really think about what we are eating and what we are doing when we eat. We take time to chose and see what we are feeding our bodies. 

Other ways of preparing food to help us SLOW down: 

Juicing or Blending where clean up is tedious
skipping the microwave, opting for oven or stove top to cook and reheat (tastes better too!)
Slow cooking in a crock pot or dutch oven
eating RAW (that takes time, patience and dedication)
eating organic or leaving out all processed foods

What do you do that helps you slow down and focus on your food in an effort to be healthy? 


Cheryl Sweeney said...

Love the idea of slowing things down, doing so helps keep the joy flowing I think! I try to keep things creatively simple, and sometimes I have to really work at that because complicating meals with exotic, gourmet ingredients really floats my boat! But, a simple spinach salad with some chunky veggies and a strawberry or two is just so refreshing!

Chubby McGee said...

"Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette" looks super delish! I might have to get that. And I loev that you're doing some salads meatless. It's GREAT! So many people think that salad has to have some sort of meat product in it doesn't. The chick peas look good, too. I might have to give that a go.

My Life and Running said...

I've never seen those chickpeas! Got to find & try! Slowing down... nothing original, but *sitting at the table.* I fall victim to kitchen eating & TV eating too often. Sitting and focusing on my meal is so much more enjoyable!

Tricia said...

the chickpeas look great

Kristi said...

I love Sesame Ginger dressings. I'm going to have to look for this the next time I'm at Trader Joe's.

Mary said...

LOL! Of course SITTING down is one of the biggest ones! I love that, my mom and I will both stand in the kitchen and eat, it's really horrible! Thanks for the reminder!

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