Eating healthy has never, ever come easy for me. It’s something I really have to think about and work hard at because I’m the kind of girl that eats everything, and I’ve always thought that if something is healthy, it probably doesn’t taste very good. Take, for instance, some of my favorite foods: cupcakes, mac & cheese, and pizza. NONE of them are healthy, but they all taste really, really good.
Lately, though, I’ve started to look at food differently and am starting to come to terms with the fact that the good food I’ve been eating for 30-something years is exactly what’s been keeping me from my weight-loss goals. This year I plan to stick with my 2013 Resolutions and I know that staying healthy is an important goal to keep for life and not just 2013. To adjust to this, I’m going to need to learn how to choose the best food options at the grocery store and incorporate them into my meals. That means NO running out to the burger joint at lunch and, instead, packing a nutritious lunch that will satisfy both my hunger and my need to eat something tasty.
Introducing: Lean Cuisine Salad Additions!
Lean Cuisine Salad Additions are restaurant-quality salads, at a fraction of the price of a standard take-out salad. Just look at the huge chunks of chicken, the colorful veggies, the sweet & tangy vinaigrette dressing and the crispy onion strips on this salad! I’d expect something like this to be pretty costly at a restaurant, but I paid less than $5 for this large salad from Lean Cuisine! Don’t believe me:
I paid $4.86 – and that includes the rest of the romaine lettuce that I didn’t use for this salad. This will be the cheapest lunch I take to work by far! I tried the Bistro Chicken Lean Cuisine Salad Addition with asparagus, yellow carrots and red peppers, topped with crispy onion straws and a sweet & tangy vinaigrette dressing. YUM!
The process of making this salad is really easy, too. I love how Lean Cuisine has simplified the lunch-making experience. The Salad Additions box (you can find it in your grocer’s freezer section, with all the other Lean Cuisine offerings) comes with a packet of meat and veggies, a packet of dressing, and a packet of toppings – everything you’ll need to make your salad, minus the lettuce. I chose the Bistro Chicken flavor, but Lean Cuisine offers four varieties to choose from. Here’s how it’s done:
You’ll thaw the dressing in a cup of tap water (takes only a few minutes).
Put the meat & veggies pouch in the microwave for 2-1/2 minutes.
Add the meat & veggies on top of a bed of lettuce and top with the dressing and topping. (Tip: when you remove the packet from the microwave it will be very hot! I spooned mine over the lettuce to avoid getting burned.) So, in less than 5 minutes you have a delicious salad all ready to go! A yummy meal that won’t put a strain on your finances…and only 240 calories!
And if you needed any more incentive to purchase Lean Cuisine Salad Additions, grab a coupon to purchase at the grocery store.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and NESTLE, however all stories and ideas shared here are 100% my own. #CBias #SocialFabric