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Lettuce, nuts, fruit, oh my! Salads are such a simple concept, but sometimes creating salads with multiple and complimentary elements, that keep you fueled, and take on the go can be more of a chore to make than they are worth. That’s why when life gets crazy, I reach for portable, pre-made salads like elevAte, to help me bring my favorite salads with me when I’m on the go.
It’s no secret that salads give a big dose of daily nutrients and are a super healthy way to eat. But when you’re trying to lead an active lifestyle – whether it’s hiking, gym time, and yoga after work OR taking the kids to soccer, chasing a toddler, and working your bulging biceps bringing in bags of groceries, salads may not be the easiest option to grab and go. Let’s face it, salads aren’t typically the first thought for convenience food. Buuuuuut they are. They really are!
Gone are the days of assembling your bed of lettuce in a tupperware, adding chopped veggies or fruit, searching the pantry for a few nuts to add for crunch, cookin’ up some protein or grating fresh cheese, then putting your dressing in a separate container so the salad doesn’t get soggy all day. THEN grabbing a fork and finding a bag to transport all your containers and utensils. Too.much.work.
So when I found these Ready Pac elevAte salads at Costco, I was like, “Come to momma!” (and no, I wasn’t talking to my toddler because he wasn’t with me that day)….sweet shopping freedom!
Packed with antioxidant rich ingredients, nutrient-dense greens, gluten-free/vegan/organic options, and non-GMO produce, I was totally drawn to this product. But if I’m going to be honest, it was really the convenient way these super-food salads are packaged and ready to eat (because I’m lazy and tired). True life: I’m a mom.
Thinking of trying a few yourself? Here are some great ways to take your portable salads anywhere, for any event!
Grab and Go!
Bringing an eleVate nutty cranberry superfood salad for lunch is so insanely convenient when you can simply buy, open, dump, and eat. Even the fork is included right in this beautiful bowl! It could be the easiest way to get in all your leafy greens, heart-healthy nuts, antioxidant-lovin’ cranberries, and calcium-rich feta cheese.
Portable Mason Jar Snacking
Salads for snacks? Believe it. Throwing all the components of Ready Pac elevAte salads into a small or medium mason jar, grabbing that delicious raspberry vinaigrette, and using the oh so scientific method of drizzle and shake before consumption is a great pre or post-workout snack you can throw in your gym bag and go!
Dinner Party Made Easy
Everyone has been invited to a dinner party or BBQ where it’s absolutely essential you bring a side to share. When you’re pressed on time but don’t want to look like the goof bringing a bag of chips or grocery store cupcakes, grabbing a pre-packaged salad and taking a minute or two of presentation prep can leave your friends thinking that you’re a natural Martha (Stewart). Even if your house is a mess and the flowers in the dining room have been dead for a week….
Healthy eating on the go CAN be easy and convenient. Be sure to check out eleVate on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for other ideas and yummy varieties!
I don’t usually do anything pre-made these would be great in a hurry.
Pre-made usually means laced with junk in my head, but these salads are really clean, healthy, and delicious!
OOO loving these elevate salad blends…where can I find them?!
Stacey Cox says
If you click on the link (s it goes to their website. I found a list of grocery stores under their “find us” section.
Thanks Stacey! Costco also carries them 🙂
Costco!! If not there, you can check their website for retailers. I’ve also heard Amazon Fresh has them online too!
Stacey Cox says
I love that Amazon Fresh carries these! So helpful when we’re in a hotel!
Oh I didn’t know that!!! Good to keep in mind! Thanks girl.
Oh yum! These would be so great for busy work days! 🙂
SO perfect for work days! Grab and go is totally where it’s at!
I have never seen these in stores near me – I’ll have to be on the look-out!
Hit up Costco Laura! And enjoy 🙂
This would be perfect when you’re in a hurry, but want to stay healthy. It’s so difficult to eat right when you have such a busy life. Things like these DEFINITELy help to make life easier.
I totally agree. Sometimes convenience is chosen over healthy choices, but with products like this, it doesn’t have to be! Thanks Rachel!
I get those salads at Costco – and the chicken salad above it. Will have to try the mason jar trick.
Aren’t they great?! Thanks Debs!
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish says
I love layering them in mason jars! Such a good idea!
And so pretty too! I mean, not that it matters, but pretty food is fun to eat 😉
Natalie @ A Fit Philosophy says
Oh my gosh, I’ve seen these at Costco, but haven’t tried! I’ll have to check it ou!
Yes yes check them out Natalie! They are totally worth a trip!
I have been visiting my local Costco regularly for the elevate spinach pow salad which is so tasty. i love the idea of putting the salad in a mason jar.
So glad you found them Michelle! Mason jar salads are SO clutch for me when I’m on the go!
These would be awesome for on-the-go meals when life gets super busy! I love throwing my salads into a mason jar! 😀 Yay for portability!
Agreed! Convenience is KEY! I’m learning that the busier life gets with a little one, the more I value EASY!
Julie @ Running in a Skirt says
I tried these the other week and simply love them! They have some really nice ingredients for a lunch on the go!
Great timing! Aren’t they yummy? All the varieties are SO good! Thanks Julie.
Carly @ Fitliving Eats says
How easy are these?! I’ll have to look for them next time I’m at costco. They look delicious!! Love the three ways you utilized them too. Such a genius 🙂
Right?! So so so easy and the ‘tray’ of toppings has such great variety!
Sonali- The Foodie Physician says
What an awesome easy salad option! And I really love your idea of tossing all the ingredients into a mason jar for a great portable snack 🙂
Plus, mason jar salads are just so cute, right?! Thanks so much Sonali!
Ruthie Ridley says
Ok where can I find these?!?! Might try the mason jar thing on my own though! Brilliant!
If you check out their website, you can search available retailers. I have seen them at Costco (obviously) and Walmart but I have been told Amazon Fresh has them too! Enjoy!
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
These look great! This would be great for traveling too when you dont want to be junk food or expensive airport food!
Oh love that idea! Airport food is the WORST and SOOOOO spendy!
Rebecca Dickinson says
I had honestly never thought to put a salad in a Mason Jar… GENIUS! Thanks for all the great tips 🙂
YES DO IT! SO fun and portable! Thanks Rebecca!
Love these salads!! I had no idea they sell them at Costco! Thanks for the info and review 🙂
You’re so welcome Aubre! Thanks for stopping by!