I decided it on a whim at the end of December and made an executive decision as the primary meal planner and preparer in our home that we were going to challenge ourselves to a minimum of one salad a day for each, and every, day of 2018.
That is right. Every. Single. Day.
365 days of greens.
We are just over 1 month into the challenge and we have eaten many greens in the past 43 days. We’ve eaten salads at home at the dining table and out on the deck, at restaurants, at Grandma’s house, at a city park, and at a state park so far.
Greens with other greens. Greens with roasted veggies. Greens with raw veggies. Greens with fruit. Greens with chicken salad. Ah, chicken salad, I do so love chicken salad.
In 43 days, I’ve learned a few things about eating salads, being healthy, menu planning, and eating out.
Here are my top 3 takeaways from the salad challenge so far:
1. Salads are amazing.
Plain and simple. I guess most people probably think you can’t possibly get more boring than a salad. However, they would be wrong. Quite wrong.
One of the reasons I wanted to do this is to force us to get more creative with our salads. As much as we love the good ‘ole standbys like Caesar salad, Italian salad, Greek salad, taco salad, and chicken salad salad (aka a wonderful salad with a big heap of chicken salad scooped up and sitting on top of it), there is more to the world of salad, and we want to join it.
So far, we’ve had several of our standby favorites along with some new salads. My husband loves fish tacos, so we’ve reinvented them as fish taco salads and I must say they are pretty amazing. Another good one we’ve tried a couple of times now, is salad greens topped with roasted carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes along with fried eggs.
I plan to get more creative in the coming weeks and branch out a little further from our norm, but so far the variety has been able to keep us from getting bored. And of course, when the garden comes in this summer, we’ll be having a heyday adding our homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and the like to our salads.
2. Salads make you feel healthy and want to eat healthy.
I’ve noticed especially in the past week that my cells are starting to do little happy dances once I start eating my daily salad. My digestive system is happy for the “break” from heavier meals. Many years ago, I noticed that the healthier I ate for breakfast, the healthier I tended to eat the rest of the day. Having a salad every day is just an extension of this phenomenon.
I think now if we were to skip a day for whatever reason, our bodies would be quite unhappy with us and beg for two salads the next day!
3. Salads make our lives simpler.
Just knowing that one of our meals each day has to involve a salad has made our menu planning so much simpler. And I love things that make our lives simpler and our decision making easier.
At the store, I know I need to buy a minimum of two large heads of lettuce, kale, or spinach per day just to get us through the week. That’s a minimum of roughly 14 heads of lettuce or bunches of kale or spinach depending on what I’m buying. But, again, that’s simple because I know exactly what I need to buy.
Life is also simpler when we eat out. Now we either just all get a salad or one or two of us will order a big salad while the other two order whatever and we share so that everyone gets some salad plus a little something extra.
So, 322 salads remaining! That’s a lot of salad!
Head on over to our Instagram feed to follow along as we post a picture of our “salad of the day” every day. And the next time you are at the store grab the fixin’s for your favorite salad and try to eat more greens. Your body and your health will thank you for it.
Go eat your greens everyone!
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