I don’t know how many of you feel this way, but given the popularity of WIAW, I can assume I’m not alone. I love reading about other people’s meals. Maybe it’s because I love to experiment with different foods. Maybe it’s because I’m just nosy. Who knows. I thought I’d talk a little bit about my current diet staples. These are a few things that I’m currently eating almost every day without fail.
Thanks to the blog world, I tried chia seeds for the first time about a year ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love that they’re rich in Omega-3s. A bowl of oatmeal or a smoothie just doesn’t seem right without them. I love the thickness that chia seeds add to foods. They save my oatmeal from becoming a soupy mess on a regular basis. Sometimes I get a little heavy-handed with the milk…
As I’ve mentioned before, I love anything coconut-flavored. I use it sparingly- about a teaspoon or so a day. Lately, I’ve been stirring some into my morning bowl of oatmeal. It’s also great spread on cinnamon raisin toast.
I rarely go a day without eating some kind of raw food or snack bar. I’m fairly particular about the kinds that I eat. I used to eat Luna bars all the time in college but have since gotten away from them because of one ingredient: soy. I’ve drastically cut back on the amount of processed soy that I eat over the past few months due to some things I’ve read, health concerns, etc.
I’ve noticed that people don’t like Larabars and Rise bars for various reasons: too high in sugar, not enough protein, too many calories, etc. The reason that I love these bars as much as I do (besides the fact that they taste oh my gosh so good) is that they’re made with minimal ingredients that are recognizable. My absolute favorite Larabar, cashew cookie, has just two ingredients: cashews and dates. And yes, some are caloric, but I don’t calorie count so this is not an issue for me. I need to try making a version of these on my own, since I got a food processor for Christmas!
Easily my favorite vegetable. I try to eat spinach once a day, and its versatility makes it easy to do so. I love using it as a base for salads, throwing it into a stir fry dish, and of course, in stereotypical HLB fashion…adding it to smoothies.
Chickpeas have become a main source of protein for me. I don’t regularly eat meat products anymore (I’m talking chicken, beef, etc.) and so that leaves me with seafood or vegetarian options. My favorite source of protein is and will always be salmon. If I could eat salmon every day, I probably would. But…I’d be broke. Chickpeas are easy to find in any store, plus you can’t beat the price. I love them both raw and roasted in the oven. I should add that another diet staple of mine is chickpea-based, good old hummus. My favorite, by far, is the red pepper hummus from a local company/restaurant, the Greek Gourmet. I make special trips to my Whole Foods for it!
Just like anything else in life, my diet never says the same. I get in food ruts, I get sick of certain things and vow to never eat them again, I discover new food obsessions, etc. But these are just a few things that have stuck as of late.
What are some things that you eat/drink daily, without fail?
*Note: I am not a nutritionist. This post is not intended to serve as nutrition advice. I am simply stating some foods I like to eat, and why. That’s it. :)