Friday, 26 July 2013

Food Friday (Brown Bag It)

According to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietics lunch is the meal most likely to make or break healthy-eating habits.  Women who took the time to bring a wholesome lunch to work lost an average of five pounds more in a year than women who ate out (even just once) during the workweek.

Bottom line: Plan ahead!  Pack a lunch!  Ditch the pounds!

I admit that my lunching habits are not the best.  Since moving locations I do not physically leave the office for lunch and (thankfully) take out options are limited.  I have a kitchenette here and keep it fairly well stocked with healthy food choices.  But – oh boy – sometimes it is soooo boring!

I came across this at and it made my mouth water.  Salads are one of the things that I never bring from home.  I don’t like the mess and bother of bringing dressing and if I dress the salad beforehand it is nothing but a soggy swamp when I want to eat it.  I know there are all kinds of fancy bowls and things for salads to go, but quite frankly, they all seem like a lot of trouble.

This looks easy and yummy!

Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad

Mix dressing: Whisk 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil with 1/4 cup orange juice, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon and 1/8 tsp salt.

Layer it with: Button mushrooms, quinoa, blanched asparagus, roast chicken, chopped tomatoes and chopped peppers. Top with mâche or leaf lettuce. For a vegetarian option, use tofu instead of chicken.

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