The average American eats a salad at mealtime only about 36 times a year – that’s less than once every 10 days!! Dark leafy greens, in particular, are perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food, providing iron, calcium, tons of vitamins and even small amounts of Omega-3 fats. Preparing a salad every night to go with your dinner can be time consuming and expensive, SO here are some easy tips I use to incorporate leafy greens on a regular basis.
• Choose greens that last – Certain greens last longer in the fridge. Arugula and spinach are two of my favorites. I’ve also been buying kale a lot because it lasts almost as long as a jug of milk in the fridge and has a nice hearty and crispy texture. Other good choices include chard, collard greens, mustard greens and dandelion greens.
• Stay away from salad mixes – Those bagged salad mixes won’t last as long because they have more moisture from the other vegetables that are packed with the lettuce. You also don’t get as much product for the price.
• Use a salad spinner – If you don’t already use one, invest immediately! It takes boring, floppy leaves and instantly makes them taste fresher and crisper! It is the fastest and easiest way to wash and dry your greens.
• Make your own dressing – It takes 30 seconds and is well worth it! It’s cheaper, tastes great and is healthier! Just mix a dash of vinegar with salt and pepper and slowly add olive oil. If you have it on hand, add any of the following: squeeze of citrus fruit, honey or maple syrup, spoon of Dijon mustard or finely chopped shallots, garlic or green onions.
• Add some texture – Throw a little cheese, olives, or toasted nuts or seeds on top of a salad to add some texture and flavor punch.
Treat your health to a new, easy habit – get in the routine of having a salad most nights with dinner! Check out our other blogs on Muesli and healthy breakfast options.
Enjoy your morning,