Excited to be a Salata Select Blogger and receiving some Salata gift cards (YES! they have gift cards – your loved ones will thank you!) to sample their awesome food and provide this post. All opinions are my own.
One of the biggest challenges that I have for eating healthy is finding recipes that I like along with recipes that are easy to make and that can adapt to my schedule. Not only am I a single mom like many of the readers on my page but I am also a working mom so I need to stay committed to my daily routine and work in healthy eating around a very busy work and mom schedule. This is not an easy task. I was happy to work with Salata to sample some of the recipes they provided because it meant better and fresher options for my entire family. There was a Salata conveniently located right around the corner from my office.
That meant an easy way to walk and pick up something on my lunch hour or on the way home – that is a win-win. With online ordering it’s even much more convenient since there are no lines to wait and it was quick to pick up what I wanted. The hardest part was in selecting what I wanted in my salad. Too much ingredients and you can ruin the flavor, too little and you have a skimpy salad. These are my top 5 favorite salad recipes put together by registered dietitian Leslie Proctor for the Salata Five Day Clean Eating Challenge.
The Salata Five Day Clean Eating Challenge
This was a pretty simple task. Head to Salata and eat lunch there for 5 days. That was a no brainer since I have one right by the office. Unfortunately my bad eating habits force me to stay at the office for lunch so venturing out was a much needed mental and work break. After looking in the mirror one day and chucking out clothes that are too tight, I knew I needed the change. As a writer it is easy to just sit in front of the computer all day (like I am doing now) so the challenge wasn’t just about eating healthier but it was also about changing up my routine.
Salata’s Fresh First Policy
I am lucky to be in a Dallas suburb that has a ton of restaurants to choose from. Yet choosing Salata also means that I choose a restaurant that has a commitment to being Fresh First. Here is what that means:
- Salata uses only antibiotic-free chicken, available in herb-marinated, Asian barbecue, pesto and spicy chipotle. Using poultry that is antibiotic free allows your body and your children’s body to fight sick bugs and bacteria. Bacteria that our own immune systems have to fight are evolving into Superbugs due to overuse of antibiotics in the foods we eat. Agriculture that uses antibiotics reduces the effectiveness of current antibiotic drugs to help us fight illness.
- Salata’s house-made dressings that contain mayonnaise – buttermilk ranch, chipotle ranch and honey mustard – are now made with mayonnaise using cage-free eggs and sustainable soybean oil.
- Cookies are now made using only real butter, premium ingredients and no artificial additives
Additional changes they are working on as a part of their Fresh First initiative include:
- Salata’s protein marinades to be reformulated to reduce sodium levels
- Salata is switching to organic tea for all iced tea selections
- Though few of its restaurants offer fountain drinks, Salata will soon only offer sodas without high fructose corn syrup
My personal opinion of these recipes is that they provided a very good amount of variety that I enjoyed each and every day. I thought I would get tired but nothing like that happened at all. It also got my children excited about salad as well. I didn’t know that Salata has a special bento style box for kids to get their Salata favorites. Kids also get the option of peanut butter as a dressing or dip.
For the Salata Five Day Eating challenge each recipe was specifically curate by registered dietitian Leslie Proctor and each has it’s own unique health benefits. One thing that none of these sacrifice is taste. My top five is listed below but you can also take you own 5 day eating challenge and let me know what you think. For me personally I noticed I had way more energy and my appetite got suppressed so I wasn’t trying to grab a snack in the afternoon. I couldn’t finish some of these so I kept a portion of it for a late afternoon snack if I needed it.
Here are links to each recipe:
What are you go to ingredients that you put on your salad?