Week 1: Salad Every Day
As predicted, trying to eat a salad every day was difficult for me. I think it boils down to 2 issues -- I didn't think about it and prep like I could have and my definition of a salad is too limited. I had 4/7 days with salads, about 1 every other day. To be fair, one day I was really sick too (it was my own fault, sorry liver, but still).
There are tons of great ideas for mason jar salads to prep the night before, which would have helped. For some reason, I love salads I get from restaurants but can never seem to replicate them. I think one reason for this could be that I always try to make them super healthy, rather than focusing on the meal overall. It's okay to add yummy things to salads! When I make them at home, I end up with a large, bland bed of greens. I think I need to be less afraid to add dried fruits and other items that aren't vegetables. (Having said that, it's good to still be aware what you're putting on. Nuts, avocado, and a creamy dressing are going to create quite a high-fat salad. Fat isn't inherently bad, but balance is key.)
Salads don't have to be just greens -- sure the main goal is to have some in there, but the base could also be quinoa, rice, corn, or something else! Starches and salads are a match made in heaven; I learned that from my bi-weekly hello fresh meals. Having said that, hello fresh is moderately obsessed with feta cheese. Seriously, send me some parm next time or something, feta 3 meals a week is a little excessive. Plus, I don't like warm feta. Nope, nope, nope.
Back on topic, I'm thinking southwest quinoa salads, or farro salad with arugula, or even a cucumber avocado salad! The last one was one I had last week ;) I used some spicy mayo, cut up cucumber and avocado, added some sesame seeds and cilantro, and boom I had a delicious side salad to go with my main meal. It's a bit high in fat, but you can pry my spicy mayo out of my cold dead hands. #addiction
I think a reasonable goal moving forward would be to have 3 salads a week. This is easier obviously when we get our hello fresh meals, but those aren't always salads (thank goodness). So it will be an achievable goal to focus on for the next week.
Week two: prepare healthy meals at home