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Salad swaps to the rescue

Salad swaps to the rescue

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Is your goal to eat healthy but your meal plans are becoming a bit boring? Switch it up by starting a salad swap in your town or office and end up with a different healthy lunch for every day of the week - and maybe even a fun get-together to kick it all off and keep motivated.

How it works:

Fill 5-quart size mason jars all with the same salad. The jars should be wide mouth quart jars and in good condition - you won't get your exact jar back at the swap, so you don't want someone else to end up with a sub-par jar.

Reach out to a number of friends or colleagues to get a group who's up for swapping salads, too. Then, setup a time on Sunday that works to meet with your group and trade jars so that each contributor walks away with a different salad for each day of the week. If you're doing this in your office, perhaps plan on Monday mornings!

Tips for making salad jars:

  • The ingredients should go in this order: dressing (be sure to measure out and note that it should not touch the lettuce), wet veggies (like tomatoes), crispy veggies, meats, cheeses, nuts, greens, herbs. The greens go in last so that when you turn the jar over and pour out, they are on the bottom.
  • Be creative! Use different combinations, varieties and ingredients.
  • Include a protein: chicken, steak, tuna, chickpeas, beans, quinoa, etc!
  • Be sure to make salads no earlier than Saturday so they're still fresh by the end of the week.
  • Be open-minded and be sure to try all the salads you receive. That discovery is all part of the fun and you never know, you may find a new favorite!

Variations:

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Keeping the swap on the calendar each week (or even twice a month) will keep you all motivated and you'll definitely discover a few new salad recipes that you like along the way!

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