Some people might call me a creature of habit.
At which point, I’d backhand those foolish folks. Alright fine, I wouldn’t actually harm anybody, especially when there’s some nugget of truth to what they’re saying, even if it’s the teeniest, tiniest, itsy, bitsy, yellow, polka dot…oh crap, where was I?
Ah yes, food ruts.
It’s safe to say I’ve been known to get stuck in a few of them, although I will of course emphatically deny it or more likely give you some kind of justification for my meals on repeat. For example, potatoes are awesome so there’s no reason you shouldn’t be eating them often. So what if I eat granola five days a week; I’m constantly switching the flavor profile – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Orange Cranberry, Lemon Blueberry – so it doesn’t even come close to counting as a food rut. Hell if anything, I’m the picture of variety and versatility.
Um hello, I can hear you scoffing all the way in Cleveland.
Which is why today, I’m bringing my eats from last Wednesday to our WIAW party because they aren’t typical for me, and sometimes that’s half the fun. We’ll gloss over the fact it was purely accidental and instead relish in the moment of breaking free from our food rut chains.
My first breakfast was actually pretty standard, par for the course for little ol’ me (not in a literal sense because I’m not okay with aging, despite the inevitability of it): a smoothie with frozen pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, a banana, kale, flax powder and bee pollen. The bee pollen is my newest addition to my morning cocktail. I’ll be honest, it tastes god awful when eaten alone, so I’ve been adding it to my smoothies to disguise its repulsive flavor. The health benefits are supposed to be tremendous, so time will tell if I keep consuming it.
Second breakfast was three, yes count them three, Sunrise Energy Bars. These are my fallback when I’m out of granola, which is practically a travesty, but it does happen…like that time the Hubby ‘accidentally’ took my granola AND his granola back to school with him. By the way, I don’t buy this accidental business for one bit; mama didn’t raise no fools.
Lunch was supposed to be a quinoa salad but when I removed my lovely, little Tupperware lid, I was overcome with a powerful stench, which implied my meal was no longer in the land of the living and certainly not edible. So I took a pass and hit up the vending machines at work instead. I was able to score some grapes, cheese and crackers and pretzels and hummus. The cheese tasted like plastic, the crackers not much better; I ate them anyway. What can I say? I was really hungry, which is when my standards tend to get tossed out the window.
Dinner was probably my most unconventional meal of the day. It involved breakfast, which isn’t all that shocking, but it came in the form of muffins. Yep, my dinner was Kirsten’s Healthy No Sugar Carrot Cake Muffins. They’re a mouthful, the good kind, in more ways than one. They’re jam-packed with nutritional goodness and the dates make them super sweet, despite the lack of sugar. I housed four of these muffins with smears of butter for dinner, and I’d do it again, if I wasn’t already out of muffins.
There you have it. A day unlike most others for me; a day where I survived on bee pollen and processed bars for breakfast, where I raided the vending machines for lunch and a day where I ate nothing but muffins for dinner. Truth be told, I missed my granola and fancy pants cheese, but those muffins…well I’d eat those for any meal.
Do you tend to get in food ruts? If so, how do break the chains? Is it by choice or is it accidental? Tell me about some of your unconventional eats; the foods that aren’t typically in your repertoire.