Making a side salad can take a lot of time. Instead, purchase a cheap compartmentalized serving tray with a lid (less than $5 at Walmart), cut up your lettuce and a few veggies of your choice and keep them in the fridge in this serving tray.
I found a basic serving tray at Walmart or a dollar store. I chop up lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cukes, etc. That way they are always ready to go and I am not washing and preparing a salad for a half hour each meal.
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Every 2-3 days have a "chop fest"! Fill a few tupperware boxes with lots of washed and chopped/sliced salad and veggies e.g. lettuce, carrots, cucumber, onions, mushrooms, peppers, baby tomatoes, corn, peas, beans, little broccoli florets, bean sprouts and so on.
Then anytime you want to prepare a quick salad, or stuff a pitta bread or add a few veggies to a stir fry - they all all ready for you! Like your own private salad bar!
As soon as I come home from shopping, in one big go I tear/cut, wash, spin veggies like lectuce, onions and peppers and put into ziplock bags and then in the fridge. The same goes for messy fruits like melon and pineapple.
With all the fresh fruits and vegetables prepared and washed it`s so much easier to make a quick salad or get out a quick snack or dessert of fruit.
Plenty of Fruits and Veggies Prepared and Ready to Eat
To help me get my at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day I try to keep my refrigerator stocked. When I buy fruits or veggies that need to be prepared (clean, cut, peeled) I do it before I put them in the fridge so when I open the fridge they are ready to go.
This makes throwing together a quick salad really easy. Before fruit goes bad I put it in the freezer so making a fruit smoothie is fast too. Also filling the fridge with good options not tempting unhealthy options help me from mindless eating and making healthy choices.
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