I’ve officially finished my first two weeks of pharmacy school. This semester is going to involve a ridiculous amount of work, but so far the classes have been really interesting. Biochemistry is definitely going to be the bane of my existence. I really like the biology-related parts of pharmacy, but I’ve always disliked chemistry, and apparently pharmacy school chemistry is no exception to the rule.
Now that I’ve gotten into the swing of things living by myself (and I absolutely love it!), I’m working on trying to include a few more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I’m usually pretty good with fruits — there are very few that I don’t like. Vegetables are a different story. I’m a pretty picky eater, and there are a lot of vegetables I don’t like. Then some I only like raw, and some I only like cooked. So I’m working on trying to find new uses for the ones that I don’t like as much, to try and see if I can make myself like them.
This is a salad that my dad will make every once in a while, and I really like it. I’ve made a few changes to it — I used vanilla yogurt instead of plain, and added apples and cinnamon. It’s delicious. Crunchy, chewy, sweet and refreshing. The carrots offset the sugary sweetness of the yogurt and fruit, and the marshmallows add a chewy bite that goes really well with the crunch of the apples and carrot. This salad is even better once it’s been allowed to sit for a while. The flavors will meld, the marshmallows will get a little soggy (which I like, but if you don’t you can just add the marshmallows to your individual portion), and the raisins will absorb some of the moisture from the yogurt and get plumper.
This salad is really versatile — you can add or subtract anything you want. The possibilities are endless! You might want to try adding crushed pineapple, peanuts, pear, or a different flavor of yogurt.
Sweet Carrot Salad
1 (10 oz.) bag matchstick carrots (about 4 cups)
1 c. raisins
1 apple, roughly chopped
1 c. mini marshmallows
Around 2 1/4 c. vanilla yogurt (I used three containers of Yoplait, so the cup measurements are approximate)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1) Combine the carrots, raisins, apple and marshmallows in a large bowl.
2) Stir in the yogurt and cinnamon, mix well.
3) Cover and refrigerate.