Last year I focused on getting the most out of my grocery budget and did a pretty good job overall, if I do say so myself! But I did make one mistake. While I really liked spending less money than budgeted, I made some poor sacrifices to do so.
I leaned a little too hard on processed food. This is not meant to “hate” or put down people who use processed food because I’m one of them. Yes, in a perfect world, we could all afford to buy premium ingredients and make everything from scratch. But I don’t live in that world. So on occasion, I enjoy a semi-homemade meal, which is certainly better than running to the nearest fast food joint and scarfing down a burger and fries.
My mistake was I got so caught up in saving money that I eliminated too much fresh fruit and veggies from my diet to save a few dollars. And it caught up with me. I felt sluggish and tired all the time, even though I was getting enough sleep. One night I devoured this delicious salad and felt so much better afterwards. I wasn’t groggy and no longer felt like I needed a nap. Instead I felt clear-headed and energized.
Now I’m not suggesting this is a miracle salad that will cure all that ails you. It won’t. But it was an excellent and much needed reminder that a balanced diet is important. I’m still keeping a careful eye on my grocery budget, but I’m also making sure my meals include plenty of veggies and some fruit.
This salad originally called for a nice piece of salmon, which would be delicious, but I had some chicken breasts in my freezer that I wanted to use up. I get a little paranoid about freezer burn. 🙂 The salad is full of good-for-you foods, like apples, roasted beets and walnuts and the vinaigrette is amazing. It’s a salad that is going into my regular rotation, and one I’ll definitely make whenever I need a pick-me-up.