Packed To Go Recipes

Be prepared for the week is the key element for healthy success.

Schedule in a couple of hours each week, get it in your calendar and make it non-negotiable.  It’s a must do activity.  

Make several salads-in-a-jar and grab them for your lunch each day.

Make healthy trail mix with coconut, raw nuts and seeds and stash it in your purse, car, in the office and always have a healthy option available for yourself.

Don’t let excuses stand in your way of staying the course toward your healthy goals.  Make it happen.  

People who fail to plan, plan to fail.  

See below for two simple yet nutritious recipes.



Spring Salad-in-a-Jar

1. ½ cup fresh spinach leaves, torn into one-inch pieces 
2. ½ cup kale, torn into one-inch pieces 
3. 1 small tomato, chopped 
4. ¾ cup chopped salmon OR egg OR chicken breast (optional) 
5. ½ cup black beans or pinto beans (rinsed and drained) 
6. ¼ cup chopped red or yellow bell pepper 
7. ¼ cup chopped or shredded carrots 
8. ½ avocado, cubed 
9. 1 handful raw walnuts

You will need one portable container, such as a Mason jar (approx. 3-cup capacity)


• 2 tsp rice vinegar 
• Juice of ½ a lemon 
• 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Layer ingredients 1 through 8 into the portable food container, beginning with the first ingredient listed. As you add each layer, gently smooth the food layer with the back of a spoon. Top with walnuts and secure with container top. In a separate portable food container or plastic zip bag, mix the dressing ingredients. When you are ready to eat, remove salad lid, sprinkle in dressing, replace lid and gently shake. Eat layer by layer or stir to mix.


DIY Trail Mix

• 1 cup whole or sliced raw almonds 
• 1 cup raw walnut pieces 
• ½ cup raw sunflower seeds 
• ½ – 1 cup goji berries OR dried raisins OR dried cranberries – no sugar added 
• 2 TBSP unsweetened coconut flakes 
• 1 TBSP dried ginger 
• 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional) — if you like a “sweet and spicy” flavor!

You can substitute other raw healthy nuts, such as Brazil nuts, filberts, cashews – it’s YOUR trail mix! The key is to avoid ingredients loaded with sugar or unhealthy carbs.

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl or zip bag; shake well. Pour into smaller containers for an on-the-go snack to take on your walks, hikes, or even in carpool line! Makes 5 – 7 servings.

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