For the last two months, I’ve been working with a nutrition coach to improve my eating habits and figure out some food sensitivities. (The whole process has had a really positive effect on my energy level throughout the day, not to mention some weight and body fat loss–but that’s another post.)
Anyway, a big part of maintaining my eating plan is having healthy food ready so I can throw together a quick meal or snack. Thus a new Sunday afternoon ritual: food preparation. I get rid of any old produce or leftovers and cut up a bunch of veggies, cook up some protein to top a quick salad, and sometimes try out a new recipe inspired by CSA or farmers market finds.
So here’s what’s in my fridge right now:
- Leftovers: Roasted beets with wilted beet greens. (And since the oven was on, I roasted some carrots with grapeseed oil, balsamic vinegar, and sea salt.)
- Veggies: Prepped broccoli, cauliflower, celery, snap peas, and green beans. Plus a big box of spinach, romaine, arugula, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, summer squash, bell peppers, and extra roasted beets.
- Fruit: Cubed papaya and mango. Plus peaches, blueberries, cherries, mangos, and avocados in the crisper drawer.
- Protein: Ginger-sesame ground beef (for lettuce wraps or salads), grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs, tempeh, and silken tofu (for smoothies).
- Other: Leftover homemade pesto from basil I bought at the farmers market, coconut milk, coconut water, almond butter, store-bought hummus, olives, nuts, etc. (Plus a box with bread, deli meat, and cheese for Brent’s sandwiches, but I haven’t been eating deli meat, dairy, or much bread.
Besides giving me a better shot at healthy eating during the week, I’ve found this time to be almost a spiritual practice. I give thanks for my “daily bread” and pray for people who don’t have enough to eat. And I think about the farmers whose hands touched the food before me. And I have a renewed sense of appreciation for creation and life and growth.
Do you have any food rituals? And what’s in your fridge? (Bonus challenge: Snap a picture and link to it in the comments!)