For two years, I used salad for breakfast as a sneaky way to get ten minutes alone.
I make no apologies.
The boys are just fourteen months apart.
One would think that the memories would fade now that they are eleven and twelve, I doubt I will ever forget the sheer exhaustion I experienced when they were between the ages of two and four.
I used to sing a silly song to make them laugh that went something like “Boys, boys everywhere…on my toes and in my hair.”
The first time I sung it, one of them was literally in my hair and the other on my toes.
In those sweet but exhausting days, they were all over me.
All. The. Time.
Tiny hands pounded on the door anytime I attempted a shower or trip to the bathroom.
The rare solo grocery store trip felt like a spa vacation because I was so lacking in alone time.
But once a day, I had my Mom-Magic.
I could send the boys running to their Dad with the flick of a wrist.
It was as simple as drizzling my homemade salad dressing on my salad.
The boys dubbed my salads “Stinky Salad,” and wanted nothing to do with me while I was eating it.
As much as I loved those intense days of Momming, I savored those ten minutes of quiet. Almost as much as I loved what was in the bowl.
I have always been passionate about fresh produce, and salads are one of my favorite meals.
Never to I enjoy them more than in Spring.
If you are looking for a little inspiration to up your salad game, I’ve got 26 Gluten Free Salads to Try This Spring from some of my favorite bloggers.
I don’t know about you, but these salads certainly leave me inspired and excited about lightening up my meal plans.
And who knows, maybe they will even help us Mom’s get a few minutes of quiet time!
Asian Sesame Crunch Salad by The Big Mans World
Kale-Quinoa Salad by Veggie Chick
Kale Rainbow Detox Salad by Ambitious Kitchen
Thai Kale Salad by Minimalist Baker
Fried Goat Cheese Salad with Grapes & Walnutsby Wendy Polisi
Baby Kale Avocado Salad by Wholesome Yum
Pesto Tomato Chickpea Salad by Vegan Yack Attack
Cucumber Noodle Prawn & Mango Salad by My Food Story
BLT Potato Salad by Faithfully Gluten Free
Mango & Avocado Black Rice Salad by Ambitious Kitchen
Healthy Broccoli Salad by Food Faith Fitness
Blood Orange Quinoa Salad by Emilie Eats
Persimmon Apple Salad by Two Purple Figs
Italian Chopped Salad by Veggies Save the Day
Zucchini Feta Quinoa Salad by Wendy Polisi
Broccoli & Brussels Sprout Salad by Katalyst Health Blog
Creamy Lobster Salad by Gutsy Gluten Free Gal
Orange Pecan Kale Salad by Do You Even Paleo
Shaved Zucchini Salad with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese by Wendy Polisi
Strawberry Avocado Salad by A Whisk and Two Wands
Pear & Goat Cheese Salad by Love Leaf Co
Broccoli Stem Salad by With Food and Love
Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad by Wendy Polisi
Sweet Potato & Pear Salad by Find My Mojyo
Antipasto Salad by Hungry Hobby
Thai Chicken Salad by Wendy Polisi