As part of our efforts to take care of ourselves and meet our fitness goals, Jai and I are continually trying new ways to increase our vegetable intake. Because our schedules are so exhausting, I’ve found that little things really make the difference when it comes to setting yourself up for success. Over the last few weeks, I’ve taken to making a big bowl of salad on Sunday, which Jai and I then portion out and eat with our dinners over the coming week. This helps so much at the end of an extremely long day at work and the gym!
Another helpful way to inspire veggie consumption is to mix it up and try new things, so I’m always thinking about what new additions I can toss into my next salad to make it extra tasty. Last week, I received a box of samples from Dei Fratelli, including a can of their diced tomatoes. Since canned tomatoes are a recommended grocery addition on our diet plan, this was a no-brainer for my next salad!
Quick & Tasty Salad For The Exhausted
1 head of iceberg lettuce
14 oz can of Dei Fratelli diced tomatoes
Preparation: Chop head of lettuce and cucumber into a large bowl. Peel & chop carrots, toss into bowl with other ingredients. Open can of tomatoes, draining if desired, and pour on top of salad. Cover and store in fridge. Serve with your favorite salad dressing.
Also in the box of samples was a jar of Dei Fratelli’s Arrabbiata pasta sauce. Since most of the food I eat is pre-prepared as part of my diet plan, I wouldn’t be getting an opportunity to use this anytime soon, so I gave it to my grandma to enjoy. She’s used to preparing all her sauce from scratch, so she thought it was great when I gave her this since it would save her time cooking. She told me she was looking forward to using it, saying, “Did you look at these ingredients? It looks so good!” Having convenient ingredients on hand really makes life easier – for both me, and for grandma!