“Succeeding to Plan is Planning to Succeed.”
I know thats not how the actual quote goes, but the original one is a bit too negative. Surrounding yourself in positivity, even if it is just a few words, can greatly change the outlook of your day. Instead of focusing on the negative, look for the positive.
I don’t necessarily plan out every part of my days, I can’t, I have a toddler. Toddlers are like volcanoes, they can ruin your plans as quickly as an explosion.
I do however, plan for things I know I can control. For example, for a part of dinner, I always have a salad. I credit part of my success to eating a salad every night that I eat at home. Which is usually about 5 out of 7 nights a week.
It is not just some lettuce and strips of carrots. I chop up most vegetables that I love and put it over a bed of Spinach and Field Mix from Wegmans. (My ABSOLUTE favorite grocery store.)
I have been doing this every week for the last two and a half years. Once you get in the habit of doing something it just becomes natural. I have the process down. If it wasn’t for the sharp knife in my hand I could do it with my eyes closed.
Dressing a Salad
The dressing is an important part too. Staying away from anything with preservatives was my main focus when I started eating salads every night. So I just stuck to the basic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. I would add a sprinkling of Italian seasoning too. I also learned to love my salads plain, to be able to taste the individual pieces of produce. The sweetness of the carrots, the crunch of the bell peppers, the crisp and juicy bite of cucumber.
I did find one of the most amazing healthy bottled salad dressings, Bragg Organic Vinaigrette Dressing. This stuff is SO tasty. You wouldn’t know how healthy it was until you read the label.
15 Calories per 2 Tablespoons, with only 6 ingredients! Thats incredible. Especially when one of the most used dressings on the market is Ranch. Hidden Valley Ranch has 140 Calories per 2 Tablespoons, with 21 ingredients! Thats a whole lot of stuff you consume that is not needed.
So when I don’t want to make my own dressing, I use a MUCH healthier Bragg Organic Vinaigrette Dressing on my salads.
Putting It All Together
Every Sunday or Monday, I chop all the veggies that I will use for the week. Starting with our salad.
- I chop up into bite size pieces:
- a head of Cauliflower
- a head of Broccoli
- 3 to 4 carrots
- 1 bell pepper
- a quarter of an onion
- a cucumber
- a tomato.
I layer all of the veggies into a Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container, respectively.
Then come dinner, I put some of the spinach mix in my bowl, add a few tong fulls of the chopped veggies, making sure I get the tongs to the bottom so I get some cauliflower, and then add a little bit of the Bragg Vinaigrette.
Sometimes I will add some Fat Free Feta cheese, some sliced almonds, or some avocado! Avocado is my favorite topper.
Making this salad is seriously easy and quick. It is usually eaten as a side dish, but I also use it as a main dish when I’m out of time or ideas.
To use it as a main dish, I add either,
a can of tuna – creates a meal low in fat (as long as you use the right dressing) and its so filling.
some taco meat – I use ground turkey instead of ground beef
Grilled chicken – seasoned with some Mrs. Dash Chicken Grilling Blends
The options are endless. Use what you already have in your fridge and get creative. Salmon, shrimp, or steak would be good options too!
When meal prepping, it doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t have to have everything planned out. Having a solid healthy base for the week will really help you stay on track to reach your goals. Or just to make your life easier.
The Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container really does keep veggies fresher longer too. Because I chop up so much to last the week I needed something to help along the way and this product really comes through.
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