Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Shake it up!!!

Shake it up with Salad In A Jar!!!  



Let’s face it eating the same thing each and every week can become boring, and when this happens, we are way more likely to take a tumble off the healthy lifestyle bandwagon. When this happens, it is important to remember your goal at hand and that taking the time to SHAKE THINGS UP is so worth it!!! 

I have seen this whole Salads in a Jar idea for over a year now but have never taken the time to actually check it out. It seemed too time consuming but IT'S NOT!! And it is fun and different! The best part is you can make five DIFFERENT salads at a time, and they’ll stay fresh for the whole week, just grab and go on your way out the door! When lunchtime rolls around, you’ll be sitting pretty with your delicious salad ready to be shaken up.

Layering Salad Jars:
1) BOTTOM – organic dressing (choose a different one for every day of the week).
2) Heavy ingredients that hold up well when submerged in dressing – cucumbers, radishes, onion..
3) Heavy items that you may not want directly touching the dressing when stored.
4) Leafy organic greens/light ingredients - spinach, sprouts, kale, chard, arugula..
5) A small amount of heavy accent items – nuts, seeds, dried fruit, accent spices
6) TOP – colorful ingredients to perk up your taste buds when you pop open the jar – fruit, edible flowers, herbs..

-->Here is a great dressing recipe you can use for your salad in a jar creation
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Recipe from Creative Kitchen Adventures

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1-2 tbsp water (more or less depending on the consistency you want)
2 tbsp honey (can be replaced with agave or brown sugar)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Place all ingredients into a small lidded jar.  Or blend all ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds.  Anything with a lid works well. Shake to mix thoroughly. Stores in fridge for 1-2 weeks.

***The most important part of the layering is making sure the dressing and the salad greens(don’t touch. As long as they stay separate, these salads can be made up to 4 days in advance and will stay fresh in the fridge with a lid on. Easy to double this recipe and make lunch for all week.

What go-to recipe has helped you stay on that healthy lifestyle bandwagon?

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