Salad in a Jar
At the beginning of the week if I don’t prepare a midday meal or snacks for the work week ahead I’ll find myself buying lunch, skipping lunch or finding an alternative (not so healthy) snack in my desperation to stop my hunger.
That’s where my love of Pinterest helps out! This is a great resource to find and share simple recipes. I found a great concept of ‘salad in a jar’ that is wildly popular on Pinterest and now a favorite way of my own to get my veggies in.
Preparing a Salad in a Jar is easy and the best part—it stays fresh! Bringing a salad to work can be aggravating when your lettuce is soggy or your dressing spills, it’s just not the same as making one at home. Worry no more! Save old pasta sauce bottles or something similar in size to store your salads to create the perfect lunch.
- Pour 1-2 tablespoons of dressing at the bottom of the jar. A few of my favorites are: Frank’s® RedHot® Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce for spice, a chopped juicy grapefruit dressing for a fruity salad or just a light vinaigrette.
- Add all ingredients that can marinade in the dressing (i.e. chopped chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, artichokes).
- Pack in your spinach or lettuce and seal the jar.
There is a saying, “Five is fine, but nine is divine” that Dr. Cooper often uses. It’s an easy way to remember how many servings (one serving is half a cup) of fruits and veggies to consume every day. If you’re not getting five servings in a day, start there, then work your way to nine. Eating a salad for lunch is a great way to get a majority of your servings of veggies in.
Check out the Nutrition Bites section for great articles by our registered dietitians on a host of topics like this. We also offer some of our favorite healthy recipes. But if you need individualized, expert advice, learn more about our Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services.