Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mason Jar Salad

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Yesterday was the start of an 8 week Fitness/Weight Loss Challenge that I'm hosting.  I got the idea from Six Sisters' Stuff, and was able to convince 9 other ladies to join me!  That means that all of us get to challenge each other to get healthy and fit, and 2 lucky winners get the bonus of $100 each!  Game on girls!

With that up my sleeve, I've been trying to decided how to keep my meals healthy and fresh, and how to get 64 oz of water in my body a day!  That is the hardest part...

Last night I soaked sliced lemon and sliced lime in a water bottle with 32 ounces of water, it was really strong and a little too sour for my liking this morning.  But I kept adding water throughout the day and it kept a nice flavor with the lemon and lime.  Now I just need to figure out how to solve the constant need to run to the bathroom...that water runs right through you!  My fellow teachers are going to start thinking there is something wrong with me!

I still had some mason jars left over from when I made these:
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So I decided to make some portable salads for lunch.  I made 2 different kinds.  The first one I added a couple Tablespoons of Italian Salad Dressing, 1/2 a green bell pepper, about 6 grape tomatoes, lettuce, and chopped up ham from dinner tonight.  (Bonus for getting rid of left overs!)

For the second one I made a simple honey balsamic dressing (honey, EVOO, balsamic vinegar, garlic salt, and powdered mustard) added one clementine (I bet this would be really good with mandarin oranges, but clementines were in my fridge!), chopped strawberries, pecans, and baby spinach.
Salad #1 on the Left, Salad #2 on the Right
Normally I would say just give them a shake and eat, but my jars were a little on the small side, so they are packed pretty tight.  I might have to dump them into a bowl at lunch time.  Overall I'm excited!  And mason jars are great, they are sealed air tight so they should last for the week, and are dishwasher safe, so clean up is super simple.

I can't wait to give one a try tomorrow.  I'll be back to update you all as the progress of our challenge continues!

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