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Holy moly, it's almost April. Then it will be May...Then June....While it might not feel like it in my neck of the woods, warm weather is right around the corner. Is your body swim-suit ready? Mine is not. Not even remotely, actually. Hiding indoors wrapped in a cocoon of blankets and enjoying homey comfort foods definitely doesn't do the waistline any favors, and I am paying for it now.
So to help shape up my diet in preparation for swimwear season, I decided to take part in the Fresh Express Salad Swap. I know what you're thinking. Salads are boring and uninspired, and can feel like a punishment rather than a satisfying and indulgent meal. See, the folks at Fresh Express get that. And their 30 Day Salad Swap recipe ideas are anything but ordinary!
So what exactly is the Salad Swap? Well, for 30 days, you trade one meal for a salad. The really cool part is that you don't need to deny your cravings one bit. It's a program that makes it easy for you to swap a favorite higher calorie food for a lower calorie Fresh Express Salad that matches the flavor. Swapping one meal a day for 30 days will help you feel better. The free app and website gives you access to Salad Swap recipes, allows you to track your meals, calories and exercise, let's you earn coupons, and more. This program is available to US residents, and is not intended for anyone under the age of 13.
I have been participating in this fun program for a couple of weeks now, and have had a great time recreating some of my favorite meals in salad form. Love grilled cheese? There's a swap for that, and it will save you hundreds of calories. Like creamy, cheesy pastas? Well, there's a swap for that, too! And since Fresh Express offers a HUGE variety of prepackaged salad products, you'll never, ever get bored! Here are a few of our favorite varieties.
Last night, we were all craving Mexican. Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas, to be exact. While there are loads of recipes available on the Salad Swap website and app, I decided to get creative and see if I could come up with my very own salad swap!
I used a spicy rub on some boneless skinless chicken breasts, and then I grilled and sliced them. I used Fresh Express Double Carrots salad mix as a base, and added some fresh homemade salsa, some pickled jalapeno peppers, black olives, some grated Chihuahua cheese, and of course, some fat-free Catalina dressing.
It was a HUGE hit with everyone but my teen. You see, he doesn't like olives or jalapenos. No worries there, though. I was able to whip him up a similar salad and topped his with some homemade spicy guacamole.
Overall, we're loving the Fresh Express 30 Day Salad Swap. I never would have imagined how easy it is to match the flavors of my favorite guilty pleasure meals in a salad! I love the fact that all of the flavor is still there, but at a much, much more forgiving calorie count. I think if I keep at it, I'll be ready to rock that swimsuit in no time! Now if only Fresh Express could do something about stretch marks. Hmm....Maybe it's best if they stick to what they do best, which is create incredible salads!
Would you like to participate in the Fresh Express 30 Day Salad Swap?
Signing up is totally FREE of charge! You can download the Salad Swap app, and check out the website. Here you'll find some very creative recipes to try, and you can also track your meals, calories, and exercise! Pretty awesome, right? You can sign up HERE.
Oh, and you can also earn tons of valuable coupons just by participating!
To get started, you can grab this money-saving coupon for Fresh Express Salad products right now!
Also, be sure to connect with Fresh Express on Facebook and on Pinterest to stay on top of their latest recipe ideas, products and promotions!
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud Mom of 3 amazing kids. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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