The Problem, It’s Way Too Tasty
I said this very often on my blog, I absolutely love to eat salads. But I recently developed a really bad habit. I am buying a salad almost every day. You might think “Wait, but isn’t eating vitamins on a daily basis very healthy?” and you’re right. But it’s not so much about the fact that I eat salad every day, it’s more about the problem that I get it from the salad bar in my favorite super market. Before I mention the problem, let me talk about the advantages first…
The thing is, they have so many ingredients in the salad bar, and everything is absolutely fresh because they refill it regularly due to the demand. With so many fresh ingredients, there is the big advantage for me that I don’t have to eat the same boring salad again and again. I mean, if I buy and cut the stuff myself, I usually go with cucumber and tomatoes and a bit of canned stuff like beans or corn most of the time, and that can get boring. So, in the super market the advantage is that I can put all kind of ingredients into my salad, it never gets old. I mean, imagine you buy and cut the stuff yourself, you can’t consume all of it anyway. There is most likely something you will have to throw away. I think nobody likes to throw away food, but often we sadly have to. But with the salad bar, I can fill a small box that I definitely can eat up, and pay the price for it.
And here is the problem! The price. Not if you do it just once a week, but I am salad addicted and didn’t manage it very well to make my way around this salad bar in my favorite super market since I noticed how freshly cut their things are. Depending on how much my box weights, it’s usually around 4-6 Euro. I realized this is a lot of money in a month. That’s the same price I paid for a pack of cigarettes per month when I was still a smoker back then. And yes, you can argue that it’s a lot better to spend money on salads instead of cigarettes. And I do agree, otherwise I wouldn’t have stopped smoking. But I just realized my salad addiction did cost me the same freaking amount last month, about 100 Euro. If I buy and cut salad ingredients myself, I barely pay 3 Euro and have enough salad for two days, and I still could fill one or two other people with it. Note that I said “I could”.
First world problems, and problems of a single man. But with that said, the calculation would be that it costs just a bit more than 1 Euro per day if done by myself. So, what could you do with 100 Euro then? Exactly, you could invite a horde of people and throw filled salad bowls at them. You know I am getting funny here, but I guess you get the point. Making use of a salad bar has its price, and it’s a lot more pricey than creating your own salads.
So, here is the deal. I need to stop buying that often from the salad bar and I need to develop a cheaper plan for my salad addiction. The goal is to close the eyes whenever I go shopping in my favorite super market, which is a bit difficult because they strategically placed the salad bar at the entrance, and there is no other way into the store. But I am strong. From now on I will only pay attention to the salad bar once per week. That could decrease my salad costs to an acceptable level. For any other days I crave after salad, I do what I did before, buying and cutting ingredients myself. This is, as it has been before, a lot more cost-effective. And I can still enjoy the fresh salads of their salad bar once a week. You will agree with me, their ingredients look super fresh and delicious…
In that case I did put Turkish bulgur salad at the bottom. Then beans and corn on top of it. I also added ewe’s cheese cubes, paprika. And last I did put different lettuce leaves on top and two egg halfs. And goddamn, the greek salad oil is fantastic, I need to buy a bottle for my own salads. Didn’t help to write about salads, I could eat one again right now. I hope you liked my funny post.