Eating healthy and staying on track can feel like a lot sometimes, but I am going to walk you through a few simple steps that will make it easier (and tastier) to get the healthy foods you need to get you through your hectic day!
3 Quick Steps to Getting Started:
Purchase Your Mason Jars – I use Ball (Buy Here) brand which is BPA Free. You can use other brands as well, but you want to make sure they don’t have BPA inside the lid. If they do and you are not up for purchasing new jars or lids, then do your best to avoid placing your jars upside down to keep the chemicals from leeching onto your food.
Choose Your Salad Type – I personally love Taco Salads (my favorite), Chicken Salads, Pasta Salads (veggie only of course), and many others! However, you can choose a style that personally fits you, my recommendation though is that you keep it healthy!
Choose Your Dressing – This is a big factor on flavoring your salads, so you want to make sure you choose something that you enjoy. For my taco salads I use Salsa (Recipe Here) or Guacamole as the dressing and a Balsamic Vinaigrette (Recipe Here) for my Chicken and Pasta Salads, these are both homemade but if you don’t want the hassle then you should check out Primal Kitchen Dressings (Buy Here) or Tessemae’s (Buy Here). They offer a wide variety of flavors and they keep there ingredients completely Natural and are now even offering Organic!
Once you have chosen your salad type and dressing, then it’s time to choose your veggies and get started on assembling your salad!
Assembling Your Salad:
Dressing and Other Wet Food Items First – Place your dressing inside first and then begin with your wettest food items next. Wet food items would include anything juicy or watery such as cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, peaches etc.
Add Moisture Resisting Veggies – You’re going to want to add your moisture resisting veggies next such as carrots, celery, zucchini, etc. These vegetables are going to absorb the flavor of your dressing, so keep that in mind as you choose those vegetables that go in after your dressing and “watery” vegetables.
Add Protein – Now it’s time to add your protein, that can be chicken, beef, fish, hardboiled eggs, etc. Whatever you’re in the mood for that week!
Finish with Dry Ingredients – Now it’s time for your final topping which can include nuts, seeds, coconut chips etc.
Store in the fridge until ready to eat, thoroughly shake and enjoy!
*Note: Usually Lasts 5 Days in the fridge, which is perfect to get you through full week!