It recently occurred to me that I do vary few adventurous things in my life. I’ve spent one too many post explaining that my life is pretty much the constant repetition of a few activities, and that has got to change.
I’m going to try to have a new adventure every week. Not necessarily something big, but something new and maybe sort of scary (but probably not). Here goes!
For the vast majority of people, this adventure is going to seem so banal that it’s not even funny, but it’s sort of a big deal for me. See, for as long as I can remember, I haven’t eaten fish. My parents were worried about allergies, so I didn’t have it as a kid, then I guess I tried it and didn’t like it, and I haven’t eaten anything with fish in it in at least ten years.
Note : Yes, this is the first post, and yes it is labeled #2. That’s because the big adventure that sort of inspired this series thing happened chronologically long before the tuna curry, and I’ll put up the write up soon, I just have to sort out photos and stuff.
One of the first things anybody who starts looking into healthy eating discovers is that dairy products are important. It’s usually between Eat your veggies! and Cook with olive oil not butter! And it’s up there for a good reason. Milk products (and milk substitutes) and chock-o-block full of things that are really good for you. Stuff like calcium (to build strong bones) and vitamin D (so you can actually absorb the calcium, and it’s been shown to help cancer prevention). Milk drinking can also be linked to other health benefits like a lower risk of high blood pressure.
Personally, I could (and do/will!) drink milk with every meal for the rest of my life, but if you want in on all the the awesome healthiness, but don’t like drinking milk, I’ve got you covered.
Hot chocolate: It’s warm, it’s chocolatey, it’s pretty much the ultimate comfort food and it’s really simple to make! You could make it the old fashioned way with block of chocolate and a pot and it’s all rather confusing, or you could go to the supermarket, get some powder, microwave some milk, and stir. You can also just buy chocolate milk and microwave it, it’s really just a matter of taste. Easy right? If you’re feeling really fancy you could put some mini marshmallows on top. Feeling sleepy? Add a liberal amount of instant coffee powder for a chocolatey pick-me-up. If you like peppermint, add a few drops of peppermint extract. The possibilities are practically endless.
Yogurt is pretty much a super food. You can eat it in pretty much any way you want, 3/4 of a cup is a milk serving, and it’s super delicious! Eat it on it’s own (when your wonderful mother brings home Skyr from Iceland), use it instead of milk with your cereal to change things up, have it with fruit for dessert, and think up tons of other awesome ways to eat yogurt!
Hard cheese is another excellent source of calcium and there are so many kinds that there is something for everyone. My favourite way to eat it right now is on toast with sliced tomatoes, but it’s equally delicious broken into tomato soup, grated on to chili, warmed with apples or pears (cheddar is really good for that) or melted into fondue for a fun and fancy touch.
One quick final note: All dairy products have calcium, but vitamin D is added to milk, so make sure to get at least part of your daily dairy dose from milk.
Now get out there and build some beautiful bones!
Are you a milk fan, or do you struggle to get enough into your diet?
I honestly love about 90% of my school day. I find classes interesting and fun, my classmates are awesome and I’m a generally well adjusted and enthusiastic nerd. Lunch time, however, is the bane of my school existence. The reason is simple: I don’t really like eating lunch, especially not packed lunches. The middle of the day just isn’t a time when I’m hungry and boring sandwiches don’t help with that at all. I have found a trick or two to make lunch bearable.
Make it Delicious
Wow, that bowl of chili with cheese looks pretty great, doesn’t it? Too bad I can’t eat stuff like that at school. Except I can, and do, and so should you! The strategic use of either a thermos or a microwave, if you have easy access to one, means that you can take pretty much whatever you want for lunch. Personally I’m rather partial to homemade soups, chili, curry and lasagna, but I have friends who bring in leftover Chinese, pasta and even ribs. Whatever fills your belly and satisfies your taste buds!
Make it Convenient
See that? That’s my lunch corner of the fridge. I’ve got snacks ready to go (tubs with cherry tomatoes), main lunch (mason jar with Indian Butter Chicken and rice, chili in behind), and in the cupboard I have tubs of trail mix for my other snack. I make everything up on Sunday, then in the morning I fill my thermos with boiling water, heat up a meal right in the jar, fill a water bottle and put one of each in my lunch bag. It takes a grand total of five minutes, including kettle boiling and microwaving.
When everything is ready in advance and all you have to do is grab it, healthy, delicious lunches that you’ll want to eat are super easy!
Make it Fun
Yes, it may be slightly childish to have a lady bug lunch bag, a spaceman water bottle and a whale thermos, but they make me all smiley happy, so it doesn’t really matter. The entire point of this exercise is to make eating lunch enjoyable, so indulge in some lunch-gear that will make you happy! Vintage your thing? Look at thrift shops and on eBay for some awesome old lunch boxes! More princess style? Get everything in pink and stick lace on everything that you practically can! Whatever your style, you can and will find happy lunch stuff, if you look a bit.
Make it Calm and Civilized
I never, ever eat in the cafeteria. Ever. Why, you ask? Because it’s a high school, and the cafeteria is loud, messy, cramped and generally unpleasant, the polar opposite of a nice atmosphere to eat in. Instead I sit in a quiet corner of the school, either with friends or a good book or just with my thoughts. On a similar vein, I bring real cutlery and a napkin, instead of using plastic. Just whatever you need to do to feel relaxed while eating so you can enjoy lunch instead of dreading it.
What do you do to make lunch a better experience?
* I can’t even pretend to know a lot about cooking, but I am rather fond of food, and I am unnaturally passionate about healthy eating, so voila, Foodie for Fun!