How many parents hear this remark from their kids? “Mom, I have been really craving a salad lately, could you pick up some lettuce, tomato, avocado, carrots and mushroom so that I can bring a salad to school.” This is what Stella said to me the other day and it made me grin! Most kids, I think, say they are craving candy, cookies or some type of sweets – but not my daughter – she also told me she really wanted me to make mushroom soup, that is a later post. I love the fact that Stella craves healthy foods and listens to what her body is wanting.
So off to the grocery I went. I got her almost everything on her list, I told her that I might not be able to get tomatoes since they weren’t in season and even if I did they probably would not have much flavor. I did see some organic tomatoes at the grocery, the local health food store did not have any, but they did not look “good” so I passed on them – Stella was fine with that.
Salad To Go
Quart mason jar or other container with a lid for salad and one for dressing
veggies or your choice (avocado, mushrooms, carrot, avocado, sesame seeds, broccoli, cheese, cucumber)
Salad dressing (we made our own, again a later post)
1. Fill your jar about half way with salad greens.
2. Cut or grate your veggies and add to the jar.
3. Add nuts or seeds. Stella used crispy sunflower seeds, you could also use sprouted seeds. I soak and dehydrate our nuts and seeds – to find out how and why to do this, go here. For sunflower seeds soak for 7 hours and then dehydrate for 12 – 24 hours, turning occasionally.
4. Grate or cut up some cheese to add.
5. Fill a small jar with salad dressing. Cover both jars and pack into your lunch bag. Simple and delicious lunch.
If your child is taking this to lunch and you want to make sure there are no injuries from broken glass (that lunch bag gets banged all around) – cover the jar with an old sock. This will help protect the jar on its journey to school and in the locker and if it does break the glass will be captured by the sock.