One of my favorite things to make in a pinch is a kick-ass salad, big on flavors. It's like creatively painting a plethora of colors and textures on a blank canvas. To assemble it, ingredients need to be conveniently stored and prepped in the fridge, pantry and cupboard. Stocking up lots of healthful foods and pre-chopping veggies is like having a salad bar in your house. You're more likely to eat well. And there's no last-minute stress.
We're talking instant-gratification for body, mind and soul!
Plus you'll know exactly what's in your food. Who needs inflammatory yellow vegetable oils, sugar, and mystery chemicals when your body thrives on olive oil and real food ingredients? Why resort to processed or restaurant foods when you can easily assemble amazing meals for yourself while supporting your health goals? By investing a little time in forethought and planning, eating well becomes a simple pleasure.
Take these steps to make eating healthier and fun:
1. PRINT A GENEROUS SHOPPING LIST. Use the printable shopping list, below. Add to your list any ingredients you'll need for recipes you want to make that week. See other blog posts here for lots of recipe ideas, or check out the recipes in my book Gutsy, here.
2. SHOP AND PREP on Saturday or Sunday. Shopping list in hand, head to the store and farmer's market this weekend. Back home, chop veggies and store them in fridge in glass containers with a bit of filtered water at the bottom.
1/4 cup red wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice + 1/3 c olive oil + 2 t mustard or tahini as a delicious emulsifier + salt and pepper to taste.
In a high-powered blender combine handful of walnuts + 1/2 a medium zucchini + about 10 basil leaves + small handful cilantro + 1/4 avocado + salt and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth. Add filtered water to thin as needed.
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