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My thoughts on Salad

March 28th, 2018 at 01:08 pm

Yep that's right. SALAD. I'm rethinking a lot of things in my life that I believed were the 'right', 'healthy' things to do/have/consume.

SALADS. I'm done with 'em.

Okay, not really done with them forever. But I am done with having them as part of my daily diet. Here's why.

1. I'm reducing the stress in my life. Embracing minimalism. There's so many ingredients to buy and keep track of (if you want to make a proper salad)! Various types of lettuce, cut up veggies, nuts, croutons, bits of cheese, maybe dried or fresh fruit, eggs or chopped chicken, salad dressing.... everyone is into BIG SALADS that have all the vitamins and minerals you need. For me, it's too much work to prepare and store the ingredients. Lettuce and greens have a very short shelf life and often start wilting or getting mildew-y within a couple days. And having all the different storage containers to keep everything in. GAH!

2. The cost of fresh ingredients, especially the highly perishable produce. For a 2 person household, I often can't use it up before it goes bad.

3. You gotta wash and dry all the produce well and store it in an airtight container, or ziplock with paper towels and squeeze all the air out. I don't want E-coli or whatever else.... even the bagged produce or premade salads, that are supposed to be triple washed, often get recalled for contamination. There was a recent recall on plain old romaine lettuce.

I do love salads. If I see an enticing recipe and I'm in a certain mood, I will make them occasionally, maybe on the weekend. Or if I find a particular combination of components that I don't mind eating over and over until they are used up. For the time being, I am going to eat cooked/steamed veggies that I can prepare in advance and heat up with whatever else I'm eating. Some fresh, some frozen, whatever works for my schedule and budget.

What say you? Have you had similar epiphanies with food or anything else in your life?

8 Responses to “My thoughts on Salad”

  1. PatientSaver Says:

    Well, I eat salad at least 4 times a week; i aim for daily, but like you, i've found the large clamshells of salad go bad more quickly than i can eat them; so my solution is to buy the smaller clamshell, but then that runs out after 3 or 4 days. I go for the loose greens made up of "spring mix" or kale and spinach.

    I buy organic greens and never wash them but i do wash everything else, which typically includes organic mini multi-colored bell peppers, sometimes cherry tomatoes, chopped raw red onion, which I love, a half can of kidney or garbanzo beans and sometimes marinated artichoke hearts or croutons. May throw in sunflower seeds or peas if I happen to have them on hand.

    But that's me...i'm vegan and i like to cook/eat healthy, so it's a priority for me.

    I like all these foods so I don't mind having them reside in the kitchen.

  2. Wink Says:

    I am with you on this! I can't tell you the number of times I've thrown out salad greens because I just didn't want to mess with it after a long workday, or spend so much time prepping it all on weekends. If I'm craving a salad I'll sometimes stop at my grocery store on the way home from work and hit up the salad bar. No waste, and the salad bar there is always super fresh and well stocked.

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    I think it would not be too hard to create a minimalist diet plan for yourself, but you'd need to know what's best to eat. Like, a focus on colorful veggies like bell peppers, and cruciferous veggies like broccoli/Brussels sprouts/cauliflower would be a good place to start, plus 5 servings fruit daily and beans, lots of beans. I realize a lot of people wouldn't like this diet, but this is the one I follow (nutritionfacts.org/Dr. Greger)

    I actually feel it's pretty simple and end up eating the same things week in, week out. So far, so good.

    If you prefer frozen produce, studies show it's as nutritious as fresh because most frozen food today is flash frozen to lock in the freshness. So it's a little more convenient.

    To extend the life of my clamshhell salad greens, i use a dry paper towel to wipe down any condensation i see on the inside of container, then i use a new dry paper towel to lay on top of the greens, then store upside down. Each time i remove that paper towel from the previous day, it's always damp, so i have to think this is helping.

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    I have also noticed that store bought produce often goes bad quickly. For that reason, I started growing my own produce (lettuce and other greens, green onions, radishes, swiss chard). It is not difficult to grow and it is totally possible to grow it in a pot on a porch if you don't have a yard. And it does not go bad before using it because you don't have to pick until you are ready to use it. And as for cost, I probably save $5-$10 every week that I don't buy these type of veggies.

  5. My English Castle Says:

    I've found a hearty kale mix at Costco which seems to have a long life. I love it, and can eat a bag a week. But I sympathize with the troubles. I does require a fair amount of mgmt.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Like PS, I also follow Dr. Greger's ideas on a healthy diet. I eat 5 -7 large salads each week. I haven't had issues with my greens going bad - but I also use them in my daily smoothie. The more green in your diet, the better! Smile
    I cut everything up on Sunday and put in separate containers, and then each night put it together in my salad to go container. I don't find that it takes too much time.

    But if its really not your thing, then load up on the frozen veggies. Smile

  7. scfr Says:

    Very interesting post, and a good reminder that what works for one person won't necessarily work for another!

    I find salads to be one of the easiest things to fix for myself when I get home from a long day at work when DH is out of town (he goes for a couple months at a time in the summer). My salads tend to be super-simple. I buy a bag of romaine hearts (they last longer than the baby greens). I usually add one other veg (something like bell pepper, tomato, or avocado), some cheese or canned fish, and a mixed salad topper like "naturSource Smart Life" and I'm good to go. It probably helps that I don't mind eating the same or very similar things over and over. I'm just happy to be able to get a pretty healthy meal prepped quickly and not-too-expensively.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    I totally understand this...I like a good salad, but unless we have a lot of salad with our meals, it goes to waste. I am looking forward to DH growing his own lettuce which makes it easier. But then again, who knows when that will happen when Centra Illinois is looking at snow today. Frown

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