Lunch Bag Upgrade: Two Easy Salads

I love a great salad that is QUICK and easy to make. I am always rushing out the door in the morning to get to work on time after squeezing in my morning Pure Barre class; so I need something that was already made the night before or something I can literally throw together in five minutes or less. I have two go – to salads these days that are packed with flavor and nutrients and keep me full all afternoon.


Simple Arugula Salad

Cherry Tomatoes
Pine Nuts
Parmesan Cheese
Chicken / Leftovers
optional: 1/2 avocado sliced
Dressing: Lemon & Olive Oil

1. Place the desired amount of arugula into your bowl or container
2. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and add to the arugula
3. Top with 1/4 cup of pine nuts
4. Sprinkle 2-3 tbsp of Parmesan cheese
5. Add chicken breast or other leftover dinner meat to the top
6. Dress your salad with a squeeze of half a lemon and a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with some black pepper




SuperFood Salad

Spring Mix or Spinach
Trader Joe’s SuperFood Frozen Mix
-Blend of Quinoa, Cubed and Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Carrots & Red Peppers
1/2 Avocado
Optional: Protein/Meat of Choice

1. Cook the Trader Joe’s SuperFood Mix as directed on the package (4-6 minutes in microwave or stove) then set aside and let cool for a few minutes
2. Add desired amount of spinach and/or spring mix to your bowl or container
3. Top your greens with half of the SuperFood mix
4. Add chicken or another leftover dinner meat, chickpeas or white beans, almonds or walnuts for additional protein
5. Top with 1/2 avocado sliced




-1 I work as a Financial Analyst at Boston Scientific and live in Natick, MA. I wanted a project outside of my 9-5 responsibilities and started Sunshine & Superfoods as a way to share my healthy recipes and fitness ideas with friends and family. I am obsessed with trying the new fitness classes, I love cooking & experimenting with food, trying new restaurants & eateries, traveling, and hanging with family and friends. You can find me in an early morning PureBarre class or strolling through my local Whole Foods.

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