Most of us probably have pretty good intentions of being healthy at work. We give ourselves a little pep-talk on our morning commute that today we're actually going to avoid the donuts / bagels / bowls of candy around the office. Then you get to the office and your co-worker says "try the cupcakes I made!" and all willpower goes out the window. Sound familiar?
Believe me, I've been there! For me, it was that damn Porto's coffee cake that got me every time with it's perfect crumbly top. I finally decided enough was enough, and I made it a priority to start packing healthy lunches and snacks and often as possible. Yes, the Panera sandwiches and pastries in the lunch room would always be tempting, but with my fresh snacks and salad in the fridge, I had all the ammo I needed to make the healthier choice. I'd walk into the lunch room, avoid eye contact with the sugary, carby treats (ha! seriously though), grab my salad, and get out! I realized that when the afternoon rolled around, I didn't have that typical slump that I used to have every day. I had more energy, was more focused, and felt empowered that I was in control of my diet (not the other way around).
So maybe you've tried packing your salad for work, and when it's lunchtime, your stuck with a soggy salad, or maybe you realize you forgot salad dressing at home, and now you have to use someone else's ranch dressing in the fridge. Ugh. Let me set you up for salad success with the perfect way to bring your salad to work - salad-in-a-jar. You can actually make a few mason jar salads on a Sunday, seal 'em up, and your salad will stay fresh for a few days. That makes your mornings super easy, as you can just grab your salad-in-a-jar while you're racing out the door and you're all set for lunch.
How to build the perfect salad-in-a-jar:
1. Start with a clean mason jar. I use a quart-sized jar.
2. Pour in your favorite salad dressing (about 1-2 tbsp depending on the size of the salad you're making).
3. Add chopped crunchy veggies. Think: bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, jicama, cabbage.
4. Now add beans & grains. My faves: garbanzo beans & quinoa.
5. Add your protein: chicken, turkey, hard-boiled eggs, etc.
6. Next up - layer your softer veggies or fruits: tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, berries, apples, etc.
7. Throw in 1-2 tbsp nuts or seeds: chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.
8. Last, load up your greens on top!
9. Seal with the lid, and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
10. Ready to eat? Do your best Taylor Swift and shake it . . . off . . . I mean . . . up! Then pour your perfectly
mixed salad onto a plate and top with fresh avocado, as desired.
Easy right? And you'll be so happy when you take your first bite of that perfectly fresh, crunchy salad. No soggy salads allowed here!
Try it out and let me know how you like it! More healthy office tips coming at ya soon!
Photography by Kristen Schellenberg
July 28th, 2016
June 23, 2017
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.