Every year when summer nears I find myself doing something that is usually quite unpleasant. After months of bundling up in bulky coats, sweaters, and pants, it is time to pull out the shorts and tank tops and have a moment to reflect on all that comfort food I consumed while trapped indoors.
I am powerless against the treats of the holiday season in particular, and year after year I find that summer skirt just a little too snug for comfort and, since wearing your zipper halfway zipped hasn’t emerged as this season’s hottest fashion trend, I have once again found myself scrutinizing my eating habits.
Diets never work for me. I’m just not very good at sacrificing tasty food for the sake of my waistline. I have to instead find things to eat that are both great tasting and great for me. Luckily, I love almost all fruits and vegetables and summer time is the best time for one of my favorite varieties of produce: berries.
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries — I love them all. The fresher, the better and, best of all, since they are in season they are low in price. I like to stock up and keep them around the house for a healthy snack to tide me over between meals.
Keeping my eating habits in check while hanging out at home is easy. For me the challenge comes when eating out. It’s a necessary evil. When I’m running errands away from home I can’t always take a break to drive back to my own kitchen. I have to find something I can eat on the go that’s also good for me.
Recently, I tried the Wendy’s Berry Almond Chicken Salad. To be completely honest, I’ve always been skeptical of fast food salads and I rarely order them, but this one had berries, strawberries, almonds, and asiago cheese and looked incredible. I challenged myself to skip the french fries just this once and give a salad a shot.
I wasn’t disappointed. The berries were as fresh as the ones in my refrigerator at home which makes sense as I later read they are sliced in-store daily. I’m definitely going to keep this salad in rotation this summer and if all goes well I may be able to zip my skirt by the season’s end.