I think I'm going to make an app that maps and rates salad bars. I had to run to get a couple more groceries for this week's meals and I ended up at New Seasons with Archer.
New Seasons is supposed to be my happy place. They have all the weird expensive natural things right? Turns out most of their food is as off plan as anywhere else. I'd been shopping already for a couple hours and we needed lunch. I figured we could probably get something out of the deli, surely they'd have something. But nearly every single item in their deli display had been made using canola oil. Archer had already eaten a whole apple and banana on this shopping trip, so I figured we could make it home before he was too hungry. Then I spotted the salad bar!
Salad bars you guys.
I don't know why they're so forgettable. When I was pregnant with Archer I would stop and get kale salads with oil and vinegar in the morning. By lunch, the acid had made the kale softer and less bitter making the salad delightful. I also figured out that filling the container with greens and then stuffing the toppings in made them far less expensive. That trick's a freebie. You're welcome.
I discovered another salad bar hack today. The toddler buffet!
I made a salad for me that was very satisfying and then made a box with the chunks of turkey, carrots, green beans, chopped hard-boiled egg, watermelon and pineapple chunks, and some baby corns (not on plan, but close enough). Archer managed to eat most of it and seemed pretty happy with his options.
So that was a great discovery today.
I also discovered RX bars. They're protein bars made with dates, egg whites, and nuts. They're Whole 30 compliant, and the best part is that they have CHOCOLATE and they are unbelievably tasty. I had one in place of my breakfast this morning - I know, I should have at least had a piece of fruit or something, yadda yadda.
I got kind of a late start on my day so it was nice to be able to grab and go get my shopping done. I also like that they're very chewy and you can't just chow it down. It takes probably 10 minutes to chew through it. But chocolate.
I think I may buy some more. I'll let y'all know if I find a super good deal!