Like everyone else, the Ninja Turtle and GodzillaPin have overindulged during the festive season. After all, drinks, hor d’oeuvres and endless plates of desserts become inevitable when one socializes. If you think that families and friends have a way of showing love with food, you are absolutely right. The Ninja Turtle was loved (fed) half to death after not seeing her friends and family for two years.
On top of that, travelling has a way of throwing off one’s dining routine. On shorter trips around the region, it is still possible to pack healthy snacks for the train/car ride, and a few items that keep well, such as bottled sparkling water, apples, mixed nuts, and the like. Not so when one travels internationally and has quarantine to deal with (all fruit in the bin or they may just deport you from Australia!), security checks that make you chuck out water bottles, and five weeks of moving from place to place makes it very challenging to carry healthy fresh food.
As they kept active during the travels, they could afford to indulge without causing much social fuss. However, as soon as they came back to France, it was damage-control mode. Neither of them put on an alarming amount of weight – GodzillaPin struggles to gain an ounce, and the couple of pounds that crept on Ninja Turtle dropped off quick smart during her bronchitis episode. Nonetheless, there were certain changes that happen on a cellular level, beyond the perception of the naked eye, that undoubtedly took place. The evidence? Poor running performance, fatigue, compromised immune systems… you get the idea.
So, whatever your motivation may have been to clean up your diet for 2014, here are some simple salad ideas to inspire your desire to keep up the healthy streak. You can’t continue something you don’t enjoy, and the Ninja Turtle and GodzillaPin want to share their belief that healthy food can be incredibly enjoyable.
Niçoise salad – a complete meal
The humble tomato and mozzarella
Roast beef and avocado salad for a hit of protein and iron
A crunchy salad of radish and walnuts with beetroot
Did someone ask for bacon?
Keep up the healthy eating for 2014!