Tonight I had the BEST salad...although it is somewhat of a mirage because I can find no record of it on the Earthbound farms website. BTW...go here and get a coupon for $1 dollar off a salad. Thank you Earthbound farms! Anyway, I found this kit at Wholefoods and was honestly drawn to the balsamic vinegar dressing. You can't beat the taste of balsamic for the minimal calories. The salad was Spinach + Quinoa (pronounced Keenwa) with sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, olive oil, sea salt and balsamic. The protein (14-18%) in this salad made it a meal all on it's own (picture inserted here if I could find it!) I have read a lot about quinoa over the last few month, but have been scared to try it. I must say it will be giving couscous a break as I work it into mealtime. It had a slight lemon flavor that made it refreshing and had a satisfying crunch. Yum. I looked up info and wasn't surprised to find that it is closely related to my 2 favorite foods...beets, spinach and also the ever tasty tumbleweed!?! LOL! I have never had a tumbleweed, but have to think this is an error in the wiki entry. Tumbleweed or not, I am so excited the I broke the quinoa seal and I have yet one more way to bring in the protein. Protein for me = full belly.
I keep going back and forth about signing up for weight watchers. I pack my lunch every.single.day. So I am not afraid of the extra work, but it's the points and measuring. I have a nut allergy so I can never just follow a diet plan, and that always adds an extra heap of irritation. I am going to make a decision by February 1st. Right now I miss the early 20's when I could just stop drinking beer for a few weeks and see a drastic difference. The 30's are not as kind.