Let’s just all say what we’ve been thinking for so long: Making New Year’s resolutions in January is the worst, especially if it’s to eat healthier. Between the total lack of sun and bitter winter winds, all you want to do is curl up with something comforting and, ideally, cheesy. So it comes as no surprise that you’re not motivated to eat that sad, cold salad sitting in front of you.
But maybe this will help: There’s a quick and easy way to make that bowl of greens better for your cozy winter mood. You don’t have to add anything. You don’t have to choke down any veggies you don’t like. All you need is 30 seconds and access to a microwave.
Nuking your dressing for 30 seconds before pouring it on your greens warms up your whole salad, lending it that comforting feel that you look for in colder months. Just steer clear of the creamier dressings, which don’t take well to the heat treatment. Italian and vinaigrettes are fair game.
Even better would be to replace your sad, wimpy lettuce with heartier alternatives. First, consider making warm whole grains, like freekeh (which is healtheir than quinoa), the base of your dinner. Then, add winter winter veggies like Brussels sprouts, kale, or broccoli for a much needed crunch. Toss in a few extra fruits and vegetables, like squash, chickpeas, sweet potates, avocado, mushrooms, you name it. Finish things off with a warm drizzle of black cumin oil, and you’ve got yourself a meal that will leave you feeling full.
You won’t even feel like you’re sacrificing with your homemade bowls, which means sticking to your New Year’s resolutions will be easy peasy lemon squeezy. Then, you can chow down on some melting potatoes on your cheat days without feeling guilty.