#1 - Avoid putting on tons of holiday weight.
#2 - Jumpstart the infamous New Year's Resolution of getting healthy. I figure if I eat healthy now and start exercising 5 days/week, that I'll start seeing some results around New Years and it'll make me all the more motivated to stick with it.
Part of my eating healthier mission is to cut wayyyy back on carbs. I'm a carb girl. I like my garlic bread, pastas and adore muffins (which are probably what lead to my quasi muffin-top). So I try and limit myself to 1 carb serving per day. It's a challenge to say the least. Especially at lunch time.
But! I've come up with a fantastic little salad that I LOVE and that meets all the healthy requirements. Score!
I use romaine (and usually baby spinach), craisins, feta, and toasted almonds.
The almonds I toast a small bag of them in a skillet with 1 tbsp. butter, kosher salt and tiny pinches of: garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and sugar. They come out sooo flavorful. And, if I toast them up at the start of the week and store them in the fridge, they'll last for about 4 salads. All I have to do for salads during the week is chop lettuce. Easy as pumpkin pie.
I drizzle a bit of a vinaigrette over the top. Today's was a greek one.
I have a special place in my heart for greek vinaigrettes because after my daughter was born, my mom ordered us dinner from the nearest non-pizza restaurant, which happened to be a greek one. I had a greek salad with grilled chicken and could not believe how stinkin' awesome it was. Those of you who've had kiddos know that the meal you eat post-labor is hands down the best-gosh-darn-it meal of your entire life.
But this salad is a close second. :)