One obstacle to eating fresh, raw vegetables is the time it takes to clean and chop them. Using a salad spinner can help you throw together a fresh, nutritious salad, even when you are in a hurry. Start by making a trip to a kitchen shop, to purchase a salad spinner with a tight fitting lid (a $25-$30 investment). Then head to the grocery store and buy some fresh, organic romaine lettuce or mixed greens, and some fresh organic vegetables (tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, green, red or yellow peppers, and onion). Chop or shred the lettuce into bite size pieces and place the lettuce into the inner bowl of your spinner. Carefully wash the lettuce with cold water, and spin the lettuce dry in the salad spinner. The spinning process only takes about one minute. Next, empty the liquid in the bottom of the salad spinner - you can either keep it and use it for soup stock, or just discard it into your vegetable garden! Then replace the lid on the spinner and put the whole container in the refrigerator until you are ready for salad. When stored in your salad spinner, this clean, chopped lettuce will keep in the refrigerator for five to seven days. For a quick lunch salad, grab some clean lettuce from your spinner and add chopped tomatoes, garbanzo beans, and mozarrella cheese. Or make a quick side salad for your dinner meal by adding cucumbers, carrots and sunflower seeds. With a bowl full of already washed and chopped lettuce, you'll enjoy eating salad with more and more meals. (One side note: if you decide to try spinning vegetables in your salad spinner along with the lettuce, make sure you stick with the more solid, less watery type of vegetable. For example, green pepper slices and carrot slices can spin right along with the lettuce, but cucumbers and tomatoes can't - their watery nature cannot withstand the pressure of the spinner, and they will break apart in the process.)
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