Tuesday, April 8, 2014

lunch salads

Obsessed with these Trader Joe's salads. Am I the last to discover these?!?

I have to share with you my new discovery: prepared salads from Trader Joe's!!!  Possibly, I'm the last to discover these.  Admittedly, I've probably seen them all along, out of the corner of my eye, but I never thought of them in relation to my own situation.  I don't know why.  But a couple weeks ago, I was browsing through a new-to-me blog, and I saw this fun post wherein she mentions eating these salads throughout her pregnancy.  Well, something clicked in me--why not try these salads in my own lunch situation?

I work full time, and I always eat lunch in my car.  I have a little routine which is very comforting to me.  I drive through the McDonald's close to my school and get my daily Diet Coke and then swing into the parking lot of the adjacent Starbucks and find a little patch of shade and have my lunch and relax and check blogs on my phone.  I love my little routine and it gives me a chance to re-charge.  I even take my shoes off. 

Salads I've tried so far (I've been making a little list because I love to gather info and write stuff down like this--domestic life sort of info):

:: broccoli slaw and kale salad with white meat chicken.  My favorite so far!  It's the one pictured above.  13 Weight Watchers points.
:: lemon chicken salad--10 points.  My second favorite.  Love this.
:: salad with BBQ chicken with dressing--14 points
:: harvest salad with grilled chicken--12 points
:: honey glazed miso salmon on salad greens--8 points
:: shrimp and surimi w/ louie dressing--6 points

I love all of these.  As you can see, the points values vary, but I'm ok with that right now.  I feel like I'm eating so many more greens and veggies than I ever would normally (I am)!  Also, I've never considered myself much of a salad eater.  At home, they're a lot of trouble to make and I'm still at a loss for finding a dressing I like.  And in restaurants I'm much more likely to order a burger (I'm basically a child at heart).  But these prepared salads are so easy for me to grab and they are super yummy and they run about $4 which I think is great. 

What do you guys eat for lunch?  Before I found the salads a couple weeks ago I was packing my lunch daily in my Planet Box and having a half sandwich, cut up fruits, some raw veg, and pickles. 


Zena said...

Wehn I worked I prepared a salad every day in Summer. This was before kids and when I was a vegetarian. Mixed lettuces, sliced capsicums (red and green peppers), shallots and variety of japanese flavoured tofu cut up in slices or canned lentils. Olive oil and lemon juice dressing or Balsamic. I think it is def worth paying for fresh prepared salads and try to stay away from the big M! I wish we had a Trader Joes sounds awesome. We have bulk health food shops which I think are similar without the branding.

Faith said...

Great post momma! Love it. I will totally be trying these this summer and you may have inspired me to have European coke light more often. Love you!

Zena said...

I meant to compliment your post so apologies for the above rambles...I meant to say all your salads listed sound devine! And your lunch break sounds like heaven to me. Love this little 'look in'. Thank you!