This past week has left me feeling a little rough. Between hockey playoffs, company events, anniversaries and birthdays, it seems like at this time of year there are always events lined up that centre around restaurant food and alcohol. While I love the social aspect of these gatherings, the chain of festivities has left me feeling a little sluggish. And during my usual lazy Sunday morning perusal of food blogs, I found myself drawn not to the stunning desserts that usually capture my attention, but to the salads.
In an event of perfect timing, the Vancouver farmers markets opened on the weekend for the summer season. I went down and bought bags of fresh, local, organic and perfectly imperfect produce.
So today, of all the meals in the office lunchroom, mine is the healthiest. The (carnivorous) president of the company is sitting there with his cheeseburger and fries, with the Carls Jr. paper bag that says EAT LIKE YOU MEAN IT. And he and the chief operating officer are giving me shit about my salad.
Granted, I may have looked a bit ridiculous as I tore up mixed greens, sliced strawberries, and dumped everything into the large serving bowl usually reserved for when my boss makes buttery popcorn and shares it around the entire office. It was a massive salad. But you have to eat a lot of salad to get full, and it doesn’t get any healthier than fresh berries and vegetables.
So as they’re planning their liquor store run for after work beers, and teasing me for probably knowing all the answers to the crossword but never being able to say them because I’ve got a serious job to do to eat all that salad within an hour (for the record, I finished with ten minutes to spare), I’m happily chewing away at my rabbit food. Rabbit food that’s going to give me fiber, antioxidants, energy, great hair and great skin. And prevent cancer.
I eat like I mean it.
EAT LIKE YOU MEAN IT Salad
Heaps of mixed lettuce
A bunch of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or whatever you want
Coconut chips (I’m in love with the Hippie Snacks brand)
Balsamic vinaigrette (I used Gwyneth Paltrow’s recipe for Balsamic-Lime Vinaigrette)
Chop, mix, eat.