I don’t know about you, but I’m a little challenged to find delicious ways to get the daily 2-3 cups of veggies into my family’s diet. After my brother-in-law’s battle with cancer, the way I feed my family has been front of mind. So I’ve really tried to put in more effort to make eating veggies easy for us—and especially my two girls! Sunday afternoons are spent chopping and preparing easy-to-grab veggies for my girls. Our salad spinner is full of chopped lettuce or kale for simple salads, and we always have a container full of cut broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes for after school snacks.
Even with this extra effort, I still feel like we are coming up short and that my family is on the verge of a cucumber burnout.
So, I’m constantly on the lookout for fun, fresh ideas to make veggies not feel like punishment. You can imagine my delight when I was invited to try the new elevĀte pre-packed salads.
A moment of honesty. I like to keep things fresh, so I’m always a bit skeptical when a veggie is pre-packaged. But because elevĀte salads are organic and/or non-GMO, I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance to see if this might be a solution to our veggie woes.
Let’s just say, it was love at first bite!
As a working mom, I’m not always afforded a lunch hour, or even 10 minutes. Having elevĀte in my refrigerator has become a life-, I mean lunch-saver. It was almost like going out for lunch, but not actually leaving my desk. It’s the little things, right? And all the Mamas said, “Amen!”
SIMPLE SIDES I was pleasantly surprised that elevĀte has added new flavors to our family dinners, too. I make a big salad every night, and I’m embarrassed to say that many evenings, I end up tossing veggies out after the meal. With elevĀte, the sizes are so filling that one go•go•goji Superfood Salad serves our family of four perfectly and adds a fresh look to leftover pasta. So fresh, my family almost doesn’t realize we are eating leftovers. True story.
This week, rather than spending 20 minutes chopping veggies, I tossed up an elevĀte blu•rugula Superfood Salad and was able to squeeze in a few extra minutes of family time. Not only was the extra time with my family great, but it’s not every night we add chocolate nibs and chia seeds to our salad. And by not every night, I mean we never have. We loved the new tastes and textures, and they made a perfect partner to parmesan roasted cauliflower on Meatloaf Monday. In case you’re wondering… Yes! Our family has themed weeknight dinners. We live on the Type A edge like that.
LUNCHBOX LOVE The struggle to get veggies in the girls’ school lunches is real. My daughter Maggie loves having a salad bar bento box. And while I always desire to make her lunchbox dreams come true, time to chop and assemble isn’t always on my side. Another reason why I love elevĀte… there are so many delicious options! Maggie gets her salad, and I save time while enjoying the peace of mind that comes in knowing she is getting organic, non-GMO goodness. Win-Win!
ON THE GO! Finally, we spend most of our weekend on the road with my tween’s traveling basketball team. I have a lot of food intolerances, so eating on the road is hard for me. For those with special diets or intolerance, you know how tricky eating out can be. It was so nice to be able to grab a few salads to enjoy while we are away and not have any guilt or side effect. However, you must be warned that these salads can make others on the road with you, who may have just eaten a strip-mall deli sandwich, very jealous. So just be prepared, and maybe pack an extra fork for sharing.
I have peaked, I mean elevĀted many of my friends’ interest thanks to the cute packaging and delicious ingredients. You may have the same questions too…
Happy to toss-in some details:
Where can I guy them? elevĀte salads are available at Wal Mart nationwide, Amazon Fresh, Costco, Bristol Farms, Safeway and other local locations!
What is the price point? $3.99 – $4.49
Interested in learning more? Pop over to the elevĀte website and while you are visiting the site, enter to win a fun prize such as great fitness gear + 4 GRAND prizes including gym memberships, gift cards and an Apple watch.
*this post was sponsored by elevĀte, how I used the salads and love of them are all my own. Honesty, is always the most gracious policy!