It’s amazing how our eating habits change over time, isn’t it? Most of them for the better! Though I do miss that carefree child consumption, guided by nothing more than taste buds and enjoyment. Calories, carbs, nutrients…what were those? All we wanted to do was eat food that tasted good. These days there is so much more thought, so many more stipulations that come along with eating a meal. Better for the body, (arguably) yes, but better for the mind? Not on some (or many) days.
Sometimes I just want to order the darn chicken fingers (with plum sauce!) without a second thought. Or a side salad.
Oh, the food ‘tude…
Case in point:
My smoothies have been a little lackluster lately. And not just because of their lovely hue.
So what do I do? Drink them down anyway. They’re good for me, right? All those greens…
Except then I’m scrounging for more (better tasting) food for the rest of the day.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy smoothies and they’re typically what I’ve been craving in the mornings lately. I guess I’m just not into my typical method anymore.
Barley grass powder, loads of spinach, a mostly chilled tea base… meh.
The last of my Green Magma ran out yesterday. Along with the last of my spinach…good riddance?
So today, my smoothie got a makeover. How much more luster-filled is this one?
Taste-wise…okay so it was still pretty meh. Too much tea, not enough almond milk, just watery and flavourless in general. I’m thinking bananas need to be re-introduced to smoothie time.
Handfuls of Kashi Honey Sunshine made things a little brighter though. Who doesn’t like crunchy bite-size tastes of french toast with their breakfast?
Some people like their smoothies with an all milk/almond milk base. I’ve done that in the past and found those too rich in the morning. Then again, it may have been a protein powder I was using in the past that was overkill. Either way, I’ve been going the mostly chilled tea route. I think more almond milk needs to make its way into my beverages.
Since I just discovered that Costco now carries a 6-pack of unsweetened Almond Breeze, this shouldn’t be an issue.
My other meals have been lackluster too.
I’ve been eating a bum ton of vegetables because – it’s hot. And it’s skin-revealing season. Whaddup.
Except that all those less-than-exciting vegetable meals leave me cramming in bread and cereal hour by the hour.
Hey Spinach, you better spice things up or we’re done.
I still LIKE my veggies. Just like I still LIKE my smoothies. But they might need to stop being the main focus of all my meals for a little bit. I rarely leave a meal feeling mentally satisfied lately.
Probably because I’m not doing much of anything to these veggies either. Chop, dress, chomp. Easy but boring. Where’s the creativity in that?
Now here’s a good way to eat your veggies.
Or rolled up in SUSHI (the most satisfying dinner I’ve had in days. Sushi never goes out of style).
Or maybe just hide a few in a salsa-stuffed and hummus-slathered omelette alongside some mac & cheese (boxed style!) and zucchini slices.
Or, you know, just forget about the veggies all together and eat your weight in:
Fish balls (found these gems at a local Asian supermarket. So good!)
Chocolate-y overnight oats.
Chocolate-y cookies (even if they’re slightly burnt).
OR just go do something extra luster-filled to compensate for the lackluster meals.
Like swimming (or cliff-jumping if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby)
Buying summer dresses.
Washing some (very dirty) cars.
Luster-filled and fabulous.
Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s almost time to get my sweat on and hopefully enjoy some extra delicious lunch later on.
What are your favourite summery meals and eats?
The hot days leave me craving quick, simple and light meals filled with fruits and veggies, but I’m getting bored with my basics. I need to figure out how to spruce them up a bit!