Did you know that only 1 in 10 Americans eat enough vegetables and fruits? Indeed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just 9 percent of Americans eat 2 to 3 cups of vegetables every day as recommended. It’s no coincidence that our obesity rate in the United States is staggering – nearly 40% of adults and 19% of youth are obese. The lack of vegetable consumption and the rise of obesity contribute to serious medical conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. By changing our food choices, we can PREVENT a number of diseases and live healthier and longer lives. So why not improve your health through one simple act – eating healthy salads! You can do this!
The Salad Challenge includes 30 days of salad recipes and 5-day shopping lists. Plus, I’ll give you a little motivational boost every day. The Challenge incorporates the philosophy of mindful eating:
One of my personal hang-ups about salads is that all too often, my fruits and vegetables “go bad” before I can make the next salad. I hate throwing away food! So for this Challenge, I’ve limited the number of ingredients to six or fewer items.
Yes, you do! If you work full-time, prepare your salad the night before work. Then just “grab and go” in the morning. Get some mason jars or salad containers and make your salad – here are some tips on mason jar salads. Now some days may be way too hectic to be bothered with salad preparation. Well, that’s okay. You can find a fresh salad at almost any grocery store or restaurant. The key is to keep the salad fresh and healthy – some salads at chain restaurants have more calories than cheeseburgers! Watch out for things like croutons, fried chicken, and sugary salad dressings.
Only if you like! If you’d like to make your own salad dressings, check out the Food Network’s 50 Salad Dressing Recipes. But you can buy your own salad dressing from the store – avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners, and additives. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t buy it! Download the Salad Prep Guide for some of the best no-sugar brands.
And if you don’t have a lot of fresh ingredients in your vicinity, or prefer the convenience of groceries delivered to your door, you might give Amazon Fresh a try.
That depends on your kitchen! There are several items that will make salad preparation easier … and healthier. For instance, you should wash your vegetables to remove bacteria, pesticides, and even insects. You can make your own homemade vegetable wash or you can purchase one from the store. And you might want to invest in a salad spinner, mandolin/spiralizer, and containers that will keep your veggies fresh longer.
Possibly! While the Challenge isn’t intended for weight loss, if you are used to the typical American food plan – processed food, fast food, “junk” food – the Salad Challenge is going to shock your body. If that sounds like you, odds are high this Challenge will slim you down. I hope you don’t mind!
The Salad Challenge is "retired," but you can take it any time you like by ordering the Kindle book for just $4.99.