This post is sponsored by Taylor Farms. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s no secret that fresh veggies are essential to a well-balanced, healthy diet. But when it comes to washing, chopping, and tossing all those veggies do you ever find yourself skipping the salad altogether to avoid the hassle? When I started cooking on my own many years ago (gotta say goodbye to mom’s home cooking at some point!) I found myself searching for ways to cut back on meal prep time without sacrificing a high standard of health. I also wanted to make sure I was getting enough veggies in throughout the day so I made it a goal to eat them at every meal!
If you’re anything like me then you may feel like eating healthy all the time can feel like a chore. It definitely takes some planning and preparation, especially when you’ve got a lot going on! But since going gluten and dairy free about six years ago I’ve learned a few things that have made it just a little more doable. So today I thought it would be fun to share three tips for getting your greens in! I’m sharing the three things I do each week to make sure I’m getting my veggie fix. Hope you find them helpful!
1. Start With A Green Smoothie For Breakfast
I eat a green protein smoothie every single morning for breakfast. Starting my day off with greens sets the tone for the day, making me feel healthy and encouraged to keep it up the rest of the day. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good bowl of cereal, but I just made a decision not to eat those types of foods anymore (you can read about my reasons why here)… and I must say it’s worth it! I’ll drop my smoothie recipe below if you want to try it out. It’s both healthy and tasty!
- 2 Cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 1/3 Cup Crushed Ice
- 1 Cup Baby Spinach
- 1 Cup Baby Kale
- 1/3 Frozen Banana (I buy fresh bananas, peel and break them into thirds, and freeze them in a Ziploc)
- 3 Frozen Strawberries
- 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 1 Scoop Protein Powder (Vanilla)
- 1 Scoop Collagen Peptides (Everyone should be drinking this daily!)
Place all ingredients in the blender and mix together. Add almond milk as needed.
2. Prepare Taylor Farms Salad Kits for Lunch & Dinner
One of the main ways I get my greens in at lunch and dinner is by preparing the Taylor Farms salad kits. Jordan and I started buying these three years ago when we got married and have been enjoying them ever since! I’m telling you, they are not only healthy and easy to prepare, but they are so delicious! I usually buy about three per week because they have all different options to pair with whatever you’re cooking for dinner. We’ve tried just about every kit and they’re all just as good as the next. But in case you’re looking for a place to start, I highly recommend the sweet kale, caesar, wedge, and sunflower crunch.
One thing I love about the Taylor Farms salad kits is that everything is included in one easy to use package. Gone are the days of a fridge full of half-used salad dressings and wilting veggies. The packages stay fresh all week long so we can use them as needed without any waste. They save well after preparation so I take the leftovers to work the next day to eat at lunch! And did I already mention how easy they are to prepare? You simply open the packages, mix, and toss. This saves me so much time and cuts back on wasted salad fixings!
3. Prepare Veggies To Grab On The Go
In addition to the salad kits that I eat at lunch and dinner, I also make sure to buy fresh veggies when I go grocery shopping. But don’t stop there! I always chop them up on Sunday evenings and put them in our refrigerator organizers so I can grab them easily when I want a snack. This keeps me from reaching into the cupboard for all those easy to reach snacks. Dipping your veggie sticks in almond butter or hummus is also a great option if you want to spice things up a bit!
Can’t wait for you to try these tips and let me know what you think… Especially the Taylor Farms salad kits if you haven’t tried them already. They’re SERIOUSLY delicious! Let me know which one is your favorite!