Happy New Year Everyone!!
Thank you so much for supporting our decision to take a much needed vacation over the past two weeks. As bloggers, we find that it’s incredibly difficult to take time off from work because the fast-paced world of social media never sleeps. But after an in-depth discussion with both of our families, we realized that we deserved a vacation and they deserved to have our full attention while they were home on Christmas break.
We had a lovely two weeks just hanging with them and now that they’re back in school, we’re back with all of you feeling refreshed, recharged and reinvigorated. It’s amazing what a little down time can do for your mental wellness! While we were gone, my sister and I also made a joint New Year’s Resolution to each other: we were going to regularly remind one another to take better care of our health.
If you work from home like we do, you know all too well how easy it is to sit at your desk all day long. Some days, the hours fly by without you ever even remembering to break for lunch. I, for one, am notorious for skipping meals when I’m “in the zone” and I always pay the price afterwards. I get hangry and that just stinks.
So as part of my own wellness plan for 2015, I’ve decided to make a strong commitment to eat three meals a day. Proper is a key word here because although I always make sure to eat breakfast, I often skip lunch. I know this is a bad idea, but I only work while my children are at school so I’m constantly chasing the clock. And somehow, I’ve convinced myself that I shouldn’t “waste time” preparing lunch because I always have so much to do before the kids get home.
After one too many afternoon crashes, I realized that this was just a case of me being stupid. If I didn’t fuel my body properly, then how on Earth could I expect to be healthy, energized and performing at my best? I knew I couldn’t, so I started thinking about simple ways that I could eat something healthy and nutritious, but not waste a lot of time preparing it.
Enter Eat Smart® Gourmet Vegetable Salad Kits. These bagged salad kits make my life so simple. All I need to do is just shake these bad boys right out of the bag and lunch is served in just a few seconds. With all of their amazing vegetable combinations, I feel like I went to a fancy restaurant and ordered lunch. When in reality, I’m back at my desk noshing down these healthy salads long before anyone even notices that I disappeared from the Google Hangout.
Not only do they taste great, but each kit is packed with five to seven delicious and beneficial superfoods like kale, green cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chicory, and quinoa. Plus, each kit includes a delicious dressing and fun toppings like roasted pumpkin seeds, almonds or dried cranberries. Since we seem to eat chicken at least twice a week, I save the leftovers and add it to whichever salad kit I’m in the mood for that day. I have yet to try one that did not pair well with chicken, but then again, I really like chicken!
I could go on and on about their salad kits, but I would be remiss if I forgot to mention their Stir Fry kits too. Loaded with fresh veggies, these kits are a busy Mom’s lifesaver. They quickly enable you to get a healthy dinner on the table in just a few minutes. I keep these on hand so that we’re not stuck eating fast food after Gymnastics or Basketball practice. These Stir Fry kits provide all the veggies and seasonings you need — simply add some chicken, beef, or pork, and you’ve got a well balanced meal that will make any family happy.
For more information including a grocery store locator and quick and healthy recipe ideas, click here. So what are YOUR plans for the New Year? Are you focusing on adding more veggies to your family’s lifestyle? Are you trying to run a 5K? Are you focusing on mental wellness? Let us know so we can cheer you on!
EAT SMART SALADS: GINGER BOK CHOY SALAD WITH CHICKEN
- 1, 12 ounce bag of Eat Smart’s Ginger Bok Choy Salad Kit
- Leftover chicken (slow cooked, breaded, whatever you have on hand)
Step 1: Politely announce that you need to excuse yourself from the Hangout for “just a sec”. Everyone will think you need to use the loo.
Step 2: Run to the kitchen – fast. Think of it like a quick cardio workout and throw in some high knees too. Grab a bowl and run to the fridge. Snatch the Ginger Bok Choy Salad Kit out of the crisper drawer and rip it open with your teeth. Dump ingredients into a large bowl.
Step 3: Grab the tupperware container with the leftover slow cooker chicken, or chicken cutlet (baked, not fried please!!), and dump it onto your salad. Rip open the dressing packet and pour it onto your plate. If you can spare more than two seconds, make it look pretty so that the people on your Hangout will be envious.
Step 4: Grab some utensils and a tall glass of water while you’re there. You can’t eat with your hands, you know!
Step 5: Run back to your desk, slide into your seat ala Tom Cruise in Risky Business, and jump back into the Hangout without missing a beat.
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