Packing a healthy, low cost lunch!
I may be going back to work soon, so I have been thinking about how I will continue to eat healthy in the workplace. I am not great at packing a lunch. I tend to grab things at a fast food place or go to a sit down restaurant and eat.
Since I am trying to stay away from processed foods and am trying to eat healthy, I need to come up with some alternative lunches.
I have seen these salads in a jar on many Pinterest sites in the past and decided it was time to give it a try.
When you pack salads in a jar they are supposed to last longer than any other way. I am excited about the possibility of packing healthy lunches on Sunday's and using them for the entire week. Pinterest users say they last 5-7 days. It probably depends on the freshness of your ingredients to start with.
I purchased fresh organic vegetables and uncured ham, and used my own fresh tomatoes. It will still be much cheaper than buying salads out.
My Salad Recipe:
Salad Dressing (I used Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar)
I saw on Pinterest that the order of the layering is important. The lettuce should not be in the bottom with the salad dressing or it will get soggy. If it is layered higher up it will stay fresh and crisp.
I am going to leave my salad in the refrigerator for a few days and then eat it to see if it still tastes fresh to me.
When I do start back to work I will make salads on Sundays for the week. I have found several different recipes, but I really think you just put what you like in the salads and vary them so you don't get tired of them.
They also layered vegetables in the jars, without lettuce for a healthy lunch.
I am going to do some experimenting on different types of things that will create a healthy lunch and change it up for variety.
When you purchase salads at restaurants, even fast food restaurants they are expensive. This way I will save money and only use fresh, healthy ingredients.
These jars were pickle jars. They were such nice jars that I decided to keep them when I emptied them. They worked great!
Here are a couple of blog posts I found with different salads they used.
They even packed layered fruits in jars!!
I can't wait to try my salad! If you have done this, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!