Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Daily Chicken Salad

I have had many people ask me “What you do put in your salad that you eat everyday for lunch?” If you look at my meal plans for the week, I do eat a salad for lunch almost every day.

I do this because it’s easy and quick. I am lucky enough to work in a place that has a freezer and a microwave for me to be able to make this process even simpler, but if you’re not, you can always bring cooked chicken and eat it cold instead!

I can hear most of you thinking “uuugghhh… how boring! I could not eat a salad everyday!”

But really, eating a salad everyday is the most diverse thing you can do! I put different things on my salad every week. This is a great way to get a diversity of nutrients and to keep your mouth smiling!

What I do to make sure I stick to this, and don’t spend money eating out, is prepare a “Salad Kit” every Sunday night that I bring to work and keep in the fridge throughout the week. This usually takes me 15-20 minutes, and saves me over $ 3.00 a day, $ 15.00 a week, and $ 60.00 A MONTH!

Here is a break down of the cost (These are all guesses, hard to estimate EXACT cost):

Total Cost
How many Servings?
Cost Per Service
Actual Salad (Organic lettuce from COSCTO):
Frozen Chicken (All natural from Trader Joes
Vegetable Toppings (carrots, tomatoes, onion, cucumber, ect
Protein Topping (seeds, nuts, ect)
Dried Fruit Topping (cranberries, raisins, ect)
Homemade Salad Dressing


Average Eating out cost

Total Savings bringing my lunch


Here are some examples of things that go in my Salad Kit (I usually pick 1-4 out of each category!):

Salad – I fill a freezer bag size Ziploc w/lettuce, that usually lasts me all week

Veggie Toppings: Carrots, Grape Tomatoes, Pepper, Celery, Onions, Cucumber, or green onions

Protein Toppings – Chicken, Steak, pork, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, black beans, chickpeas

Fruit Toppings- Dried Cranberries, Raisins, apples, mandarin oranges, mango, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries

Other Toppings – Cheese, crunched up tortilla chips, wonton strips, Coconut shreds, croutons, grilled onions, Chai Seeds, Flax seeds, popcorn

Dressing (all homemade): Honey Mustard, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Italian, Thousand Island, Lemon Poppy Seed, Creamy Avocado, Creamy Italian,

How in the world could I get bored when there are so many different combinations that I can create?

I encourage you to think about your lunches and your budget. Do you spend $5.00+ a day eating out and filling your body with garbage?

It may be time for you to consider bringing a lunch to work! Look how easy it can be, and how delicious!

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