Have you ever had one of Those Days? Those extra-long days when things don’t go the way they were supposed to? Those days when you feel like you’re running on empty? Those days when you can’t wait to relax in the evening? Yeah, one of Those Days.
When I’m having one of Those Days, cooking dinner is often the last thing that I want to do. The thought of washing, chopping, cooking, and cleaning up (!) makes me want to reach for the most convenient snack foods in my cupboard. Other common dinner options might include baking a frozen pizza, or getting takeout from a favourite restaurant– filling, but probably not the most balanced or nutritious choices.
But what if there was an easy way to make your dinner a little healthier on Those Days?
There is! It’s called a KISS, or Keep It Simple Salad: it’s quick to whip up, and uses ingredients you may already have on hand.
KISS is a guide for a green salad. The main ingredient is (affiliate link) pre-washed salad mix, which I appreciate for its convenience and its varied tastes and colours. The one I got contained red and green lettuces, baby bok choy, and dandelion greens, to name a few. But feel free to use any leafy green vegetables.
Raw leafy green veggies are also a key component of the MIND diet, which has been associated with lower risks of Alzheimer’s Disease in a recently published study. While this particular study does not conclude that “green salad prevents Alzheimer’s”, there is strong evidence that a mostly plant-based diet is best for overall health, and a salad certainly fits into this dietary pattern.
Yes, there are Those Days when we’re feeling exhausted and tempted to quiet the rumble in our belly with food that’s fast and easy. But health doesn’t have to take a back seat, even on Those Days.
A side salad is a great way to add some veggies to your meal, without adding a ton of extra work. Plus, who doesn’t have time for a KISS?
Eat This Mindfully
Prepare: Take a few deep breaths and assess your hunger and fullness levels before eating. Notice any thoughts, feelings, or emotions you have around eating this particular food.
Look: What shapes, colours, and textures do you see? How much food is on your plate?
Smell: Can you smell the vinegar in the dressing? The olive oil? Any other ingredients?
Taste: What stands out to you? Did you notice the bitterness of the leafy greens? The sweetness of the carrots, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers?
Check in: What changes do you notice in your hunger and fullness? How do you know when you’re ready to stop eating?
- 3 cups mixed greens
- 1 carrot, grated
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or any vinegar/ citrus juice of your choice)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Mix everything together in a big salad bowl
- Feel free to use whatever vegetables/ fruits/ vinegar you have on hand, this is simply a guide to inspire your own creations.
Thanks to the team at Krave Organic for the mixed greens, carrots, and cherry tomatoes!