This simple, refreshing green goodness salad will invigorate your senses and leave your body and your taste buds feeling healthy, happy and satisfied.
When someone asks me what my favorite meal is I get super nervous. My fear is that because people know I write a blog about food they expect me to have a super sophisticated palate. And yes I do love going out to eat and I enjoy most food.
However, if I’m being completely honest, one of my favorite foods that I crave the most is this green goodness salad. When I’m feeling out of balance or just super hungry this is my go-to salad. It’s my comfort food. I feel full but energized after I eat it. If I’ve had a rough day I go to the Stop & Shop buy a thing of arugula, edamame, and a cucumber because it’s green goodness salad time.
So even though it sounds lame to say that your favorite food is a salad, I guess if anyone gets it, you guys will.
This whole train of thought had me thinking that less than a year ago, my blog used to be my little secret. Ok, so I didn’t necessarily hide it and my closest friends and family knew what I was doing, but the wasn’t something I talked about a lot off the interwebs.
It’s not that I was embarrassed to tell people I wrote a blog about vegetarian food and creating a healthy lifestyle, but I would never bring it up in conversation. It was kind of like, if you found it on your own, I wouldn’t lie about.
It’s like when you’re seeing someone new and you haven’t made up your mind about them yet or you’re working on a side project that you still have the ability to back out of. Keeping something under wraps feels safe but also like an escape from yourself. You get to be someone else for a moment in time. You’re learning without judgment from people who know you.
That’s what blogging was for me for a long time. My little secret place on the internet that I got to share my struggles and what I ate in a day. To practice writing and photography and even develop a knack for coming up with easy recipes without the fear that anyone would judge me for it. I could disconnect with reality for a bit and step into a new space of creativity and exploration.
But you get to that point in any endeavor whether it’s a relationship or a project or a blog where you have to decide. How seriously do I want to take this?
It’s scary. Like really scary. Because when you realize that “why yes I love this, I want the world to know now” you run the risk of failing. Not quietly, but in front of everyone. But if you let that fear stop you, you run the risk of living with the nagging feeling of “what if I had taken it to that next level? What could have happened?” And I guess to me, that’s the scariest feeling of all.
So now, when people ask me, “so what do you do?” blogging is among the first answers. I’m all in. While the blogging industry will definitely transform through the years, all I know is communicating with women about health and wellness and happiness and veggies and struggles and crazy ass dreams is my thing and I’m all in. Sure I could totally fail. I’ve now left the comfort of being able to turn back, to hide or to play it cool. But I’ll never have to wrestle with the terrible “what if” I gave this my all.
- 1½ Cups of Arugula
- ½ an Avocado, sliced
- ⅓ Cup of Edamame
- ⅓ of a Medium Cucumber chopped in halves
- ¼ Cup of Walnuts
- ½ Tablespoon of Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- In a large bowl toss together arugula, avocado, edamame, cucumber, walnuts and drizzle with olive oil.
- Add salt and pepper to taste
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- Turning the tables: what’s your favorite meal? (this is a no judgement zone)
- Bloggers, did you ever feel nervous about sharing and talking about your blog?