Eating more salads is a healthy lunch suggestion, but it's not always easy to do when you're on the go. First, there's the problem of keeping the lettuce cool and crisp. Then there's the issue of how to keep ingredients and dressing separate so that the lettuce doesn't wilt. Separate dressing means you'll need to toss the salad somehow, which isn't easy when you're eating on the go. Finally, it takes time to wash, dry, and tear lettuce and to chop, slice, dice and prepare the other ingredients, making the quicker option of slapping together a sandwich much more appealing. Whew —sounds like too much work!
But making a salad to go doesn't have to be so complicated. Use the following tips to make salad prep quick and easy, and enjoy healthy veggies at work, school, or wherever your day takes you.
The right container will solve most of the drawbacks to packing a salad lunch. Containers made especially for salads have savvy features like built-in ice packs, separate dressing compartments, and utensil stowaway. Check out containers like the Range Kleen GO GO Regular Salad and the Fit & Fresh Salad Shaker to find the option that works best for you. These specialized containers keep lettuce crisp and dressing separate.
Make it easy to pack a salad in the morning by taking an hour or two on Sunday to prepare for lunches during the week, when work and school make life hectic. Here are some healthy lunch ideas to get you started:
Put the prepared ingredients into separate containers, and all week long you can have varying options for throwing together a salad in minimal time. Don't forget to add extras like goat cheese, heart-healthy almonds, and dried fruit to boost nutrition and flavor, or get some lunch inspiration and dream up your own combinations.
You have the gear and you've prepped for the week, and now you're ready to pack a salad. Use the following assembly tips for keeping lettuce crisp:
When it's time for lunch, simply twist open the dressing, shake the container to toss the salad, and enjoy a healthy salad!