As I mentioned yesterday, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. However, the one downfall to this holiday is that all of the great food isn’t actually healthy and I always stuff myself full. Then, when you factor in leftovers, that’s even more unhealthy and gluttonous (but delicious!). Even more so, if you were me this year, you celebrated Thanksgiving three times! By my calculations that is three Thanksgiving celebrations + leftovers = I may need new pants soon.
Therefore, I am officially on a “health kick” – until Christmas. Come on!!! I’m allowed to enjoy all the goodness of Christmas treats, right? In all seriousness, though, it’s time to revamp my pantry and fridge. As good as holiday food tastes, it doesn’t feel good once all is said and done.
A couple days ago, I made a trip to Central Market. We didn’t have those in Ireland or Spain, so a once normal thing to do back when I lived here turned into an extremely overwhelming shopping experience. I mean, there is a regular grocery store AND a pre-made section…how does a girl choose? In the end, I visited the gluten-free aisle because Matt and I have decided to cut back on our gluten for a variety of reasons. I also stocked up in the pre-made section with kale (I’m jumping on that bandwagon!), salmon, quinoa, fruit and veggies.
As a result, I’ve been bringing kale and salmon salads to school when I work. I never thought I’d like kale, because I heard it was similar to spinach, which I’m not really a fan of unless it’s doctored up with lots of cream and cheese. And alas, that would defeat the purpose of this exercise. I’ll tell you what, though, Central Market does this pre-made kale salad with nuts and cranberries, and I am in love. I’m also a huge fan of salmon, and since I’m buying that pre-made as well, I can stick in my freezer pack lunchbox and eat it cold while still getting all of the flavor.
So far, it’s going well. Matt and I even made a healthy, homemade pizza the other night with chicken and lots of veggies. If anyone has any suggestions on how to cook and prepare kale and quinoa in yummy ways, please comment here! I’d love to expand my knowledge of healthy, flavorful living.