The healthy hack that’s helping me eat more salad

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

Eating well is always something I’ve struggled with.

I guess I hoped my tastes would evolve as I got older and I’d start to want to eat salads and salmon and all the “grown-up food” that grown-ups seemed to love. That didn’t happen. (Salmon makes me want to upchuck.)

I love “kid food.” I would rather eat a cheeseburger and fries than just about anything else. Well, that or chicken fingers and fries. Or nuggets? You get the picture. NOT IDEAL when you’re 35 and pear-shaped, you know?

Just because healthy eating doesn’t come naturally to me doesn’t mean I don’t TRY, TRY, TRY all the damn time to be better at it. After all, I want to be healthy, I want my kids to see me being healthy, and most importantly I want THEM to be healthy.

My wise little sis once told me no one *likes* salad, but they eat it because it’s healthy, good for them, etc. I have since heard from several people who really do LOVE salad (I’m looking at you, Sylvia!) which baffles me.

I do not love salad.

But dammit, I’m trying.

I regularly get delicious and healthy meals from a local business called Supper by Sylvia, and the soups (and some of the other dishes) come in these great clear plastic containers — 500ml and 1L. These suckers are great. I hoard them, put them through the dishwasher, etc. and they’re pretty much indestructible.

So over the last couple of months, I’ve been using them to pre-make salads in an attempt to get me eating more salad.

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

They’re nothing fancy. A three-pack of Romaine lettuce hearts, mixed with a giant pack of grape tomatoes (I do love those), green onion, sometimes red onion, etc.

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

Sometimes I’ll add chicken or egg or cheese, but usually I keep them “plain,” stick them in the fridge, and then they’re eat to grab once or twice a day.

What makes these salads palatable is what I add to them!

If we BBQ or bake hamburgers, I’ll melt cheese on a patty, add condiments, cut it up and sprinkle it over my salad to make CHEESEBURGER SALAD.

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}
The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}
The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

The next one is really my go-to: TACO SALAD.

We eat tacos once a week, so I’ll reheat a little bowl of taco meat and pour it over one of my pre-made salads. Sometimes I’ll crumble a shell inside for crunch, or have a shell on the side to scoop up the salad.

(Once we bought a bag of reeeeeeeally spicy Doritios in some weird new flavour, and they were too spicy even for Darling Husband. So I would take a handful, crush them in a sandwich bag, and sprinkle them into my taco salad. Mmmmmm!)

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

TUNA SALAD isn’t something I’d ever eaten in my life up until this year or last year, I think. But it’s OK. I like that I can always find a can in the cupboard. It’s like, wow, ready-made meat without any cooking. Genius! 😀

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

We cook chicken breasts once a week, so I’ll save some of the chicken in a container and make CHICKEN SALAD with it. Sometimes I mix it with salsa and add it to my pre-made salad, and other times I’ll mix it with a bit of Caesar dressing.

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

I reeeeeeally like making chicken salad and then packing it into a tortilla and toasting it in a frying pan on the stove to get crispy.

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}
The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

If we have a bit of bacon to add to my chicken salad, I have CLUBHOUSE SANDWICH SALAD. Yum!

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

And, of course, sometimes I’ll turn one into plain ol’ CAESAR SALAD and have it as a side dish with something the rest of the family is eating.

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

We often have random leftovers in the fridge, so sometimes I’ll nuke them for a minute or two and dump them into one of my salads. Mmm, RANDOM LEFTOVERS SALAD.

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

Leftover steak is excellent for this. (Not to mention the treat of having garlic cheese bread on the side!)

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

I have even turned my salads into EGG & BACON SALAD WRAPS. I guess what I’m saying is I like bacon and I like wraps?

The healthy hack that's helping me eat more salad {Heather's Handmade Life}

I know this “hack” isn’t exactly rocket science — especially for those of you who LIKE SALAD, OMG — but it’s definitely been helping me eat more salad.

Knowing those little containers are in the fridge, ready to grab — and maybe add something to — has been super helpful in my attempt to trick myself into eating healthier …

… and reinforced that I will eat just about anything as long as it’s QUICK AND EASY!

I would rather eat a cheeseburger and fries than just about anything else. NOT IDEAL when you're 35 and pear-shaped, you know?

One Comment on “The healthy hack that’s helping me eat more salad

  1. Great ideas! I really need to get on the meal prep train more for the work week lunches. I don’t mind salads, but like you I have to have some interesting stuff on them to make me want to eat them. Feta cheese will make me want to eat pretty much any kind of salad though 🙂

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