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Energy Salad

Last week I bought what was deemed an energy salad from Trader Joe’s — I needed it. I had about 10 minutes to eat something that had to fit as both lunch and dinner during a crazy day. The salad was so good I’ve been making it all week for lunch. Aptly named. The mix of spinach with crunchies like beans, dried fruit, and seeds fill you up and taste so good.

Energy Salad pic

 

Recipe

Serving: One, big, yummy salad

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups baby spinach

1/8 cup pumpkin seeds

1/8 cup chickpeas (canned, drained)

1/8 cup edamame

1/8 cup dried cranberries

1/8 cup shredded carrots

1 1/2 tablespoons ginger miso dressing

Energy Salad Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place baby spinach in the bottom of your salad bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Enjoy!

A few notes:

  • I used shelled edamame seeds that came in a microwave steam bag.
  • I bought miso ginger dressing, but you can make your own simple dressing by mixing equal parts olive oil and vinegar and add a little fresh lemon juice, then dried or fresh herbs.
  • The leftover ingredients I stashed in the fridge and then added them to other meals for my kiddos – so far the edamame has been a hit.
You can make salads ahead of time and put them in dishes for quick lunches all week long.

You can make salads ahead of time and put them in dishes for quick lunches all week.

 

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3 Grab ‘n go snack packs for kids

Walking around the U.S. Capitol

I’ve been traveling this week with my kids so I loaded up the car with all sorts of snacks for our trip. On my past adventures, my stash pile has either been too many sweets (which leads to tummy aches) or too many salty snacks (which leads to extra water and extra potty breaks).

This time I wanted to get the mix just right–sweet, salty, satisfying. Here are three we brought along–and so far, my crew has enjoyed each one!

Blueberry-cashew-Cheerio mix

4 cups multigrain Cheerios

1 cup blueberry-infused cranberries

1 cup cashews

Raisnet-pretzel-peanut mix

4 cups stick pretzels

1 cup Raisnets

1 cup peanuts

Cherry-Chex-pecans

4 cups corn Chex

1 cup dried cherries

3/4 cup pecans

So far our mixes have kept us happy between meals while venturing from one side of Washington D.C. to

Cherry blossom time in Washington DC!

the other–seriously, I think we walked about 10.5 miles today. (Hubby is checking the map right now to make sure I’m not exaggerating. Wow–2.3 miles one way just between the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Jefferson Memorial and that was our last walk. No wonder my feet hurt.)

These mixes work well for vacation, hiking–and especially for your kiddos to take with them to sports practices and games. For more tips on getting kids sports ready (and that’s just what will be going on once we’re back from our vacation) check out this round up of Spring Safety Tips at Motherboard.

Now it’s your turn–what are some of your favorite pick-me-up mixes for your kids?

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