Monday, February 7, 2011
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!
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
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?