Salad Bar in your Frig
Adulting is hard. Packing lunches is one of those hard things.
Remember the good ole’ days when we went to school and lunch was there for us (or our parents packed it). And then we got home from school and mom was making supper? No thought or work on our part. How good we had it!
And now we’re adults and not only have to pay bills, get to work on time, do our own laundry… but also have to find food ourselves?! :O
Packing healthy lunches every day can seem overwhelming, and salads every day can seem boring. But by making our refrigerators into salad bars allows us to create different salads every day -> hello healthy, exciting lunches!
…I’m so glad you asked 🙂
Here’s a good template if you want to have a unique salad every day of the work week.
1 type of green + 2 types of protein + 2 types of other veg + 2 types of healthy fat or other fun things + 2 types of dressing
~ technically, this can create over 40,000 combinations (at least that’s what a google calculator told me…)
Step 1. Greens, greens, greens
– Any kind, whatever you will enjoy!
- Coleslaw mix (adds a nice crunch)
- Spinach, kale, lettuce
Step 2. Proteins
- Hard boiled eggs
- Beans or lentils
- Diced ham
- Shredded chicken
- Steak slices (great second purpose for leftovers!)
Step 3. MORE veggies!
- Roasted vegetables (roasted squash or sweet potatoes is delicious on salads)
- Shredded carrots
- Baby tomatoes
- Broccoli and cauliflower (roasted, raw or marinated in something like balsamic vinaigrette)
- Roasted brussels sprouts
- Jicama – super crunchy, almost has an apple-like texture
- Raw zucchini
- ALSO – let’s not ignore fruit: apples, pears, pomegranate, dried fruit all make wonderful additions to salads
Step 4. Healthy fats and other fun things
-Will help the salad be more satisfying
- Nuts – walnuts, almond, pistachios are some of my salad favorites
- Pumpkin seeds (bonus points if you toast them!)
- Cheese (shredded parm… <3 )
- Grains – quinoa, rice, bulgar
- Croutons, pita strips, crunched up chips
- Bacon bits
Step 5. Dressings
-These will also change the salad completely and help reduce burnout
-It may seem overwhelming to get (or make) more than 1 dressing, but they last a really long time in the frig!
- Can make your own or buy from the store
- Easy homemade is just Greek yogurt and a little milk or water and seasonings (like Ranch dry-mix packets or Italian blend)
- Can also make any variety of vinaigrettes (2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar and seasonings to taste)
Stay tuned for a post on examples of how I put this into practice!
What are your guys’ favorite salad additions?