National Salad Month

Posted in Healthy Habits
May 16, 2017 • By Chou Xiong

“You are what you eat – so don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake!” – Unknown

This is the time of year that makes me a bit crazy. I was on top of things at the beginning of the school year – not so much now. My teens ride the bus and everyday is a struggle to get them up and out the door – and I drive my two elementary kiddos and they have not been on time for school in weeks.

Actually last week Monday we made it with two minutes to spare and I was triumphant… even called a friend to rejoice and declare that ‘it’s going to be a great week!’ only to falter the very next day. Ugh! And our nights are filled with track meets, soccer practice, orchestra concerts, etc. Everywhere I look there’s work to be done – both outside and in – with no time to spare.

So as much as I love May and the end of the school year – I feel like I can’t keep up. And forget about dinner… do we really need to eat every night? Ha! I’ve decided that I’m going to cut myself some slack and simplify this month and I’m starting in the refrigerator. Yes, you may think that’s odd but if I keep up with having healthy staples available (something I should always do) that’ll make this last month of brown-bag lunches and run-out-the-door dinners a LOT easier.

And considering it’s NATIONAL SALAD MONTH I find it even more fitting. Bring on the greens and fresh veggies, fruits etc. A little prep work makes for a lot less stress later. (Of course our Bliss & Vinegar salads and take-out dressings help make this process easier regardless of the time of year!)

I also came across a good article from WebMD on 4 Healthy Reasons to Eat a Salad Today. Why making one simple change to your diet – adding a salad almost every day – can pay off with plenty of health benefits. (I started eating a salad a day three years ago and it’s been one of the best things I’ve consistently done for my health.)

Here’s hoping I manage to get out the door on time, keep the fridge stocked and that we all have a great, healthy month! Thanks so much for your business. Wishing you bliss!

– Jennifer (& Mark) McNamara, Bliss & Vinegar Owners

P.S. Check out the great article (below) about why we should eat whole foods (hooray for National Salad Month!) and stop counting calories from our new fitness partner, Body By Choice Training.


Posted in Healthy Habits
May 16, 2017 • By Chou Xiong


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