Healthy Eating Tip #2 - The Veggie Prep Day
I'm too tired!
I don't know what to eat.
I woke up late.
I've been working all day.
I don't have time for this.
Does this sound familiar? Excuses like this usually lead to one of two scenarios:
- Eating tuna out of a can
- Or ordering pizza
Having ready-to-go veggies means that it takes me less than two minutes to make a smoothie in the morning. I have instant veggies to go with my hummus when I get home from work. A dinner salad takes less than five minutes to toss. Best of all...it means no weekday mess.
Most of it gets washed and put into 3 containers that I stack in my fridge:
My Smoothie greens bin
My Salad greens container
My veggie container
My smoothie bin contains 2 bunches of spinach, 1 bunch of kale, 1 bunch of collard greens, 1 celery stalk, and 1 cucumber. This mountain of greens all fits in my Rubbermaid 2-Gallon Food Box and lid.
Consumer reports did a study on pre-washed salads that come in bags or plastic tubs. Many samples had fecal contamination including Dole, Earthbound and Fresh Express.
Use a homemade veggie rinse like vinegar, salt or lemon juice. I use a tiny squirt of Dr. Bronner's castille soaps. Swish and let sit for a couple minutes. Rinse with clean water.
I love my OXO Salad Spinner for this task. Spin in small batches for best results.
You won't get all your greens completely dry. Greens like black kale are a real pain to dry, but I find as long as I did a good job with everything else, it all works itself out.
It's been six weeks since I started veggie prep day. I actually look forward to it now. There's something therapeutic about it.
It makes me feel grateful for all the goodness veggies provide and leaves me prepared to tackle a new week!