Since going back to work, I’ve been pretty overwhelmed with the challenge of getting normal dinners on the table every night. I come home hungry, with a hungry kid and husband, and would usually rather just eat my arm than spend an hour fiddling around in the kitchen.
Even if I have a “plan,” it’s suddenly the last thing in the WORLD I want to make. If I don’t have something in the crockpot, I’m usually scrambling, digging around in the freezer or throwing eggs on the stove for what I lovingly call Eff It Egg Sandwiches.
And since I can barely make dinner happen, you can imagine how well prepping lunches to bring to work every day is going. Mostly, it’s just not going.
Luckily, I just realized my work is a few blocks away from one of the best, but least appreciated, take-out goldmines on the planet: the grocery store salad bar.
Behold my creation:
I had it all nice and organized until the cashier got his hands on it and ruthlessly earthquaked it into salad chaos. (Sunflower seeds on my pineapple, I MEAN!) I almost considered stopping him, until I realized how weird that would be. (“Can you please be extra careful with my salad? I need to take a picture of it when I get back to my office.”)
I’ve been known to be a little aggressive at salad bars, especially when trying out a new one. (I think my first Whole Foods salad weighed 3 pounds. I didn’t have a prayer of closing the top.) This creation included spinach, tomatoes, peas, peppers, mushrooms, edamame, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and hardboiled eggs, all drizzled with oil, plus fruit, cottage cheese, and green beans with almonds and raspberry vinaigrette.
And I was HOLDING BACK.
An extra perk of grocery store salad bars is that they’re in grocery stores. Meaning you can top your meal off with almost anything you can think of, and/or fold in one of those “just a few things” errands that you hate to make a special trip for.
I added this baby:
I’ve been wanting to get more into fermented foods lately–or at least kambucha (maybe not the crazier stuff, just yet)–because I’ve heard/read so much about how good they are for gut health (they’re probiotic). And I’ve also heard/read that more and more doctors and scientists are targeting the gut as the starting point for lots (if not all) of diseases. So take care of your tum!
Kambucha also has a bunch of other health benefits, like increased energy, detoxification of the bod, cancer prevention, joint care, immune system support, and improved–erm–regularity.
As for the taste: it’s definitely an acquired one. The brand/flavor I got tastes exactly like champagne to me–which could be a good thing, except that I’m one of those people who drinks champagne to celebrate things but secretly doesn’t like it all that much. (There–I said it.)
But hey, I hated beer the first time I tried it, and I managed to overcome that hurdle.
Oh, and in case you guys are worried that I’m being too healthy today, I should mention that I also bought this at the grocery store:
But let me tell you: having a giant bag of cookies next to your desk all afternoon is DANGEROUS. These might be going out in the car soon.
Remember how I said I had 2 giveaways this week? And it’s now Friday and you haven’t seen a thing?
My bad. BUT I’m finally here today with one of them (still ironing out some details on the other one).
The folks at The Color Run got in touch with me to tell me about their upcoming Kaleidoscope Tour.
Basically, this is The Color Run we all know and love, PLUS hot new participant gear (a T-shirt, headband, wrist band, and sling bag), fresh music, and what the CR folks called “color crazy race attractions.” I can only fathom what that means, but it sounds messy.
(In case you’re not familiar, The Color Run involves wearing white and then getting absolutely drenched in color as you make your way through a 5K course. I wonder if anyone’s tried bleaching their shirts back to white afterwards?? Hahaha–please tell me someone has.)
I’m really impressed with how successful this race series has been. Since its inaugural event, The Color Run has more than tripled its growth, hosting more than 170 events in 30+ countries in 2013.
30+ COUNTRIES?!?! I can’t even name that many off the top of my head! (Just kidding…maybe…)
Anyway, you should totally get on the bandwagon and check this race out. Go here to find out when your city’s getting hit and register. And when you do, don’t forget to use promo code COLOR5OFF to save 5 bucks!
Did I mention the hot stuff you get?
Even better than saving 5 bucks: just win my giveaway!
The Color Run folks offered me 2 tickets to an event in ANY city, to be won by ONE lucky healthy nest reader. (You’ll want to drag a friend along on this one–trust me.)
Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Contest ends next Thursday and I’ll announce the winner on Friday (I’ll also email that person directly).
Have a great weekend!