Fresh Guest Post: Eating Healthy in 2018 with Evergreens

“I am guilty of being too busy to eat healthy, but I’m working hard to change my habits! At home, I do some simple things like smoothies my toddler and I have with breakfast. I also love making different quinoa salads for lunches. I like to keep a lot of fresh produce in the house so we remember to eat our fruits and veggies! — A big help for me is having a great place to grab a healthy meal for myself and my son Eli when I’m out running errands or just want to grab some food on the go! Evergreens has been one of my favorite spots and I can honestly say I crave their salads!” — MintedMethod by Sasha  {READ MORE}

Freshness Alert: Falling in Love with Our Fall Menu

Meet our unbe-leaf-able fall/winter salads, featuring seasonal ingredients that highlight the harvest — bursting with flavor, color, texture and toppings! Evergreens is dedicated to seasonal sourcing, which gives you the freshest, most nutrient-dense versions of foods — the way nature wanted ya to have ’em.

1. Beauty and the Beet: Romaine, Mixed Greens, Tangerines, Cucumbers, Pickled Beets, Almonds, Feta, Black Pepper with Citrus Marmalade Dressing

Fun Facts: The Beauty of Beets!

  • They’re cleansers that detox blood
  • They make your body more alkaline and anti-disease
  • They reduce inflammation
  • They lower blood pressure, protecting your heart
2. Apple Bottom Greens: Romaine, Kale, Walnuts, Apples, Gorgonzola, Dried Cranberries, Celery, Apple Chips with Cider Dressing

Fun Facts: How bout them apples!

  • While apples grow year-round, peak season is in fall and early winter
  • Apples are the largest agricultural product grown in WA State
  • They are full of soluble fiber, low in calories, and rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C
3. Off the Hook: Romaine, Arugula, Green Olives, Grape Tomatoes, House Pickles, Marinated Albacore Tuna, Mama Lil’s Peppers, Hard Boiled Egg with Dijon Balsamic Dressing

Fun Facts: Don’t get in a (health) pickle!

  • Pickled foods are great for your digestive system
  • They contain bacteria that help your body better process food, absorb nutrients, and offset the impact of bad bacteria
  • Plus, this salad has over 20g of protein
4. The Fast and the Curry-ous: Spinach, Napa Cabbage, Quinoa, Carrots, Garbanzo Beans, Pepitas, Grapes with Curried Yogurt Dressing

Fun Facts: Plant the seed of knowledge!

  • Pepitas, the “little seed of squash”, don’t have a shell and are found in select pumpkin varieties
  • They’re a natural source of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids
  • Crunch down! Carrots have beta carotene for boosting eye health

This Just In-Spiration: Meet Sasha Johnson – Minted Method

Q&A with Minted Method on Food, Fashion and Family

This style maven and busy entrepreneur brings the cool factor to Momhood

As a mom-on-the-go, Sasha Johnson is not only a busy #ladyboss, running a hip online baby boutique — MintedMethod.com, she is also a wife and mom to a little toddler, who’s just as busy as his mompreneur. Sasha shares how she balances her worlds, and incorporates healthy eating with her family.

What inspired you to launch your hip, online baby boutique – Minted Method?

I was first inspired when my son was less than a month old. The whole time I was pregnant I was having a hard time finding modern and stylish clothing for kids in the US. Other countries like Australia, Sweden, and the Netherlands had some great brands. I wanted to make these more accessible to US customers, and with my previous job experience at Nordstrom Corporate Buying Office I knew I could start my own shop.

As a busy career mom, what are you tips to a healthy work/life balance?

I think finding that routine is key. Family time needs to be family time. With social media and emails it can be hard to unplug, but I like to put my phone on the charger in another room when I want to spend some time with my family. This may mean I am up working late into the night, but I overall feel like that is worth it to make sure I make time for the important things.


Mealtime can be tricky with kids, how do you encourage healthy eating with your little one?

It can be very tricky! I started by getting a cookbook for making your own healthy baby food and he ate almost everything, and then when it was time for solids I would give him what I was eating. This helped me to eat healthy also. Kids will still be kids and some days he doesn’t want what I’m having, but for the most part Eli eats what I am eating!

What are your favorite things to cook for your family and why?

Right after having our baby we were struggling with cooking as it wasn’t very easy when both parents are tired, so we signed up for a healthy dinner cooking kit service. This taught my husband and I how to cook well and how many healthy options are out there. Some of our go-to dishes are:

  • Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef, Quinoa, and Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Fish Tacos with Grapefruit, Avocado, and Cabbage Slaw
  • Pan-Seared Chicken with Yukon Potatoes, Green Beans, and Creamy Dill Sauce
  • Steak Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Rosemary-Garlic Vinaigrette

What is you and your son’s favorite Evergreens salad and why?

My favorite is the El Sombrero add extra Jalapenos and Grilled Chicken. I love this salad so much. I love spicy food and it’s great to have a yummy salad that is also spicy. Eli likes the Kale Caesar, no Jalapenos, add Grilled Chicken or El Sombrero, no Jalapenos, add Grilled Chicken! I’m excited to let him try The Super Bowl next, he’s a big fan of Quinoa.