In a Funk? Make a Salad!


Spring will come soon.
I promise.


     Feeling a little lethargic lately?  In a funk?  I was until I decided to do something about it.  Exercise?  You might guess, but no, I’m far to lazy for that.
     I hopped in the minivan,  headed for the produce aisle of my local grocer, and began filling my cart with the color I was so desperately craving this time of year.  It seemed like I had thrown in about 50 pounds worth of spinach, broccoli, petite cooking carrots, strawberries, blueberries, blood oranges, red anjou pears, and last but not least, a pomegranate.
     The minute I got the groceries unloaded, I began washing, rinsing, chopping and pealing.  I was ready for a big salad, so I went out on a limb and tossed almost everything together.  My large white salad bowl sprung to life as I made a nest of deep green baby spinach leaves, tucked in a handful of petite cooking carrots, layered on slices of beautiful red strawberries, and sprinkled with blueberries, sunflower seeds, croutons, and a final touch of ruby like pomegranate seeds.  Added a little bit of Italian vinaigrette, and I had made myself a masterpiece, almost too beautiful to eat.  I wasn’t quite sure about how it would taste adding fruit to a spinach salad, but to my surprise, the taste was superb!  Block out all the clutter and unfinished chores around me and I would have been in a five star restaurant!
     The berries and pomegranate added a tangy contrast to the robust flavor of the spinach.  Not quite sweet, but could be equal or better than the flavor of a rasberry vinaigrette.  The petite cooking carrots have to be the best carrots by far, to eat uncooked.  They are sweeter, and not nearly as dry as those other dry stubby things you buy in the bag.
     The next day, I felt great.  I felt proud of myself for eating healthy, ate another big salad for lunch,  and made it through the entire day with only one weak cup of coffee.  My energy stayed level all throughout the day and even into the evening.
     So the next time you feel like you’re in a funk, get yourself to your local produce department and taste the rainbow!

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