Healthier Lunch Options
Success comes through simplicity, and simple hacks. Let’s make lunch simple!
Salads are a great way to simplify things and accelerate weight loss, while still enjoying a delicious variety of healthy “fuel!”
The biggest torpedo of a salad is the dressing that tops or accompanies it. And, it’s the oil it’s made with that is usually the culprit. All oils are NOT created equal. Two things to consider - healthy fat, and inflammation.
So, I decided to make my salads “Foolproof” by creating my own simple “Foolproof Dressing” that I can easily slip into my purse and carry with me, even when I eat my salad out.
First, make your salad fun and fabulous. Here are some ideas:
Mixed Greens, organic if possible. Add Spinach, Kale, romaine, and arugula, roughly 2 cups.
Then, have fun - add protein if you desire. Other options, besides the normal vegetables: Avocado, artichoke hearts, beets, peppers, hard boiled eggs, olives, roasted vegetables. I love adding in 1/2 cup blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries. 1/4 cup cheese or your choice, including goat, feta, gouda for some options.
Quinoa, beans, rice and healthy grains are also a great option.
FoolProof Salad Dressing
1/2 c Avocado or Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil - THIS is the key!
1/2 cup Balsamic or Red Wine Vinegar
1 1/2 t. Dijon, brown grain style mustard
1 T honey, agave, or jam (optional)
1/4 tsp minced garlic and juice, if jarred
Salt and pepper to taste
Any other spices you enjoy
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 c pesto
1/4 cup white wine
Whisk all ingredients you’ve selected together in bowl, food processor, blender or bullet. I pre-measure 2 - 3 Tablespoon into a sealable, small container and take with me when I'm dining out.
Have you been brainwashed and conditioned by “Diet Culture Marketing?”
That it’s about deprivation and being miserable?
What does this “miserable” conditioning look like here?
Well, first - the negative build up to “Start Day!”
Then, being told everything you CAN’T eat, because it’s bad for you.
Crazy fitness programs that require too much time; hiring a trainer, and trying to contort like a pretzel….
Calorie deprivation that creates more hunger, headaches and misery.
We’ve been conditioned to fear food, and there is one right way to eat. And, all of this sets us up for a train wreck because it is NOT sustainable.
How do I know? How do you know? Because we have seen and experienced the failure….
Over and over and over….
That’s why we are going with simple hacks first, to shift a few lackluster habits into good habits.
And, to get you in tune with your body; your powerful, knowing self; and motivate you internally to make choices that satisfy you and serve you!
Are you ready to live your best life?