How To Pack Salads for a Week (And Keep it Fresh)!

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The old saying goes that you get out what you put in. Perhaps there is no truer context for this statement than in regards to your diet. When the majority of what you are putting into your body is processed and filled with sugar and fat, then you aren’t going to get out a lot of positive energy and positive feelings. Fried foods, sugary sweets and otherwise unhealthy and nutrient devoid items are only going to weigh you down. If you are trying to combat ill-health or even lose weight, then improving your diet is a great place to start. Ok, so your diet plays a huge role in your overall level of health and vitality. But that doesn’t make it any easier to eat healthy day in and day out. There is a reason fast food is so popular: it is fast! If you want to get the most out of your day and your diet, then you are going to have to plan ahead and find ways to improve your diet on the go.

Salads: To Go

A salad might not sound like the easiest fast-food alternative, but if you set yourself up for success, then you may be surprised by how easy it is to adjust to these healthier meals. The trick is to rethink how you go about setting up a salad. The bottom line is that a bowl of romaine lettuce with a little bit of Caesar dressing isn’t going to fill you up—and it won’t taste too great after hours in your lunch box, either. Rethinking the average salad can make your lunch more appetizing and healthier at the same time. Here are a few strategies to take into account as you work to improve your dietary habits:

  • Use leafy greens: Leafy greens will keep better than the average head of romaine lettuce, and they add more variety in flavor and texture. Use a mixture of spinach, kale and arugula for a great combination of spice and flavor in your salad.
  • Skip the croutons: Croutons are simply small toasted pieces of bread. When you put these on a salad and leave them there for more than a few minutes they will grow soggy. The answer is to skip the croutons in favor of more natural and healthy crunchy treats, like walnuts or dried fruit.

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  • Mix up the veggies: Add some variety to your salad by adding small diced-up vegetables and fruits, like apples, cucumbers, carrots or blueberries.

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  • Heat it up: One of the best ways to prevent against wilting vegetables is to go ahead and cook them up before you eat them. Instead of having a cold salad with dressing, try sautéing spinach and kale with squash, zucchini, mushrooms and other vegetables that will make a great warm salad—easy to heat up and eat on the go.

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Finally, one of the best things to remember about making salads to eat on the go is to pack them right. Make sure you are using air-tight containers and always pack the dressing on the side. Store the salads in the fridge at all times to prevent the produce from going bad before you get a chance to eat it. The trick to making salads that are tasty and easy to eat on the go is to use ingredients that are at their freshest at the time you pack them, and to store them in ways that will keep them fresh for a few days. Always put your dressing in a container on the side so that your vegetables don’t get too soft. Following these simple tips will help you have fresh salads a week at a time.