As I mentioned the other day, I’ve kinda fallen off the green wagon this summer, and now I’ve decided to get back on, simply to feel right again – both emotionally, spiritually and physically. I’m kinda feeling that this project has been two steps forward and one step back all the way, and now I’m so motivated to take yet another couple of steps forward towards a greener lifestyle – even though I know that it won’t be perfect this time, either.
I’m getting there one babystep at a time, and this week I’ve gone and done something I’ve thought about for ages. You see, at university college, we have this wonderful salad bar, and I have my lunch there every day. The problem is that they don’t give you dishes, you have to use this disposable plastic thing, and besides, now that I’m weighing my food in order to count calories (and in case any of the low-carbers or paleo guys read this and want to comment; I’ve been eating like you for the last 2-3 years, and the weight still won’t come off – but it does when I reduce the calories in addition), I don’t really see that happening when my studies start again in August.
This summer, I’ve also been buying a store-bought salad instead, pre-packed in a plastic thing, with a disposable fork. And I really don’t like throwing plastic every day, especially when I really don’t need it, so something had to be done about that.
So, today, I finally made my own salad bar. I’ve bought some air tight containers, and even though they are plastic, they are BPA-free, recyclable and they come with a 10 year guarantee. Not perfect, but a lot better. And it makes it that much easier to eat natural foods, while going green at the same time.
In my fridge now, I have chopped salad, chopped cucumber, grated cheese, cherry tomatoes, ham, silver onions, pickles and feta cheese ready to be mixed together by the various family members, according to taste.
I have also made natural vitamin water, to replace the fruit juices (and worse). This was actually a few weeks ago, but I’ve been struggling a bit with the lemon one – I really wanted to get as much vitamins as possible, and knowing that most of those are located in the white stuff just underneath their skin where the growth occurs, I didn’t remove that before I put the slices in water. That made the whole thing into a bitter and unsavoury affair, so I am happy to announce that the white stuff is gone and the water now actually taste like lemon – fresh and lovely. You can see a picture from my first attempt at the top of this post (the other one is raspberry and lime, and it turned out great).
Tomorrow, we are going on a trip to a theme park, and me and my daughter have decided to make salads in a jar to bring with us. Hopefully, this will be a wild success so that I can start bringing one to university college in the fall as well. Then they can keep their plastic.
Have you tried it yet?