It makes no sense to me why I have such poor eating habits. Even though I a) enjoy eating healthy foods, b) love to cook, and c) know those 20 pounds aren't going to lose themselves, I still end up reaching for a cookie when I feel hungry. A lot of this has to do with sometimes I just get so caught up in what I'm doing, that I'll grab whatever is convenient to get rid of a hunger pain. Unfortunately, that usually means ANOTHER cup of coffee and a pastry. Thank goodness for Pinterest and all those wonderful suggestions! I have seen numerous posts about pre-made salads in a jar, and finally jumped on the band wagon. Having ready made salads available for when I am too busy to prepare something has been the best thing that I can do for myself. Obviously, this is not an original idea, but I am so glad I started pre-making my salads. I have only been doing this a little over a week, but it has made a huge difference. I feel better, and have already dropped 2 pounds just by making this switch. If you have never made salad in a jar, start off with your wet ingredients and finish up with dry ones. Even though there are only 5 jars in this picture, I actually had 6. I wanted to make 2 different salads for a little variety. In the first 3 jars, a added a squirt of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of the oil that my marinated artichoke hearts came in, and a spoon full of kalamata olive brine for my dressing. In the last 3 jars, I added safflower oil and red wine vinegar. Next, for the first salad I added chopped artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and tomatoes. The second salad only got the chopped tomatoes.
Then came my drier veggies. All 6 jars got chopped cucumbers and onion. I added chopped turkey to all 6 jars. In the first 3 jars I put crumbled blue cheese, while in the last 3 jars I used chopped hard boiled egg and shredded cheddar cheese. Finally, I added shredded iceberg lettuce topped with baby spinach.
I like to label my salads with the type of salad and also the date that I put it together.
It has been so amazingly easy to reach for a jar of salad and dump it on a plate instead of reaching for junk food when I get hungry. After the salad is on my plate, I like to also add salt and pepper. Many will say is not enough to get your belly full, In case it happens to you just visit just Discover Magazine
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It took me about 20 minutes to prepare all 6 salads, and now I'm ready for the rest of the week 🙂
Hi, I’m Jordan – a work at home mom with 3 super fun little boys. I love entertaining guests and want to help you make entertaining easy!