// food //
Now that your closet is a little leaner (check out my post on cleaning out your closet if you haven’t read it yet!) let’s chat about food! I know that spring tends to be when everyone starts trying out new diets and cutting back. We may all have differing opinions on the necessity of a diet but I think we can all agree we can at least assess the things we’re eating to be a bit more mindful. My personal weakness is processed meats – salami is just too delicious for its own good. But I also like trying out new foods and eating cleaner at least helps balance my overall diet so I feel a bit less bad about the number of Oreos I can consume in one sitting.
Swap out your pop. I love Coke. Just, so much love for it but I know it’s super unhealthy – even if you only consider the sugar levels. I did figure out that most of my Coke cravings were carbonated drink cravings so I made the switch to club soda/sparkling water.
Zucchini noodles. Don’t get me wrong, these will in no way replace your desire to shovel carbs into your system but they are surprisingly delicious. All you need is a spiralizer (I got desperate one day and tried making zoodles with a citrus zester and it was not a good time. But a julienne peeler would also do the trick!) and firm zucchinis. You can either just use the zoodles as a complete replacement for pasta or you can do a half and half combo. The trick is to cook the zoodles as little as possible so they retain their crunch and don’t get too soggy.
My favourite zoodle dish involves carmelizing half an onion with 2 cloves of garlic. Then add half a cup of halved cherry tomatoes and cook on medium high heat for 3 minutes until tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste before turning off the heat and adding in 2 medium zucchinis worth of fresh zoodles. Squeeze half a lemon worth of juice over the zoodles after mixing it all together. It’s crazy simple and fresh.
Make your own food. Eating out all the time can get so expensive and the food tends to never be healthy. If you make your own food you can eat cleaner and also help your wallet out. I discovered recently that Williams stopped carrying my beloved Turkey Waldorf Wrap and I decided to just make my own instead. (I also kind of had no choice, no other place made it like they did.)
Fun story that is in no way embarrassing for me: one year during my sleep-deprived Orientation Week state I repeatedly attempted to order a Blair Waldorf wrap from the super confused cashier at Williams. It made sense in my sleepy mind.
4 large tortilla wraps // baby spinach // 1/4 cup of cranberries (I used canned sauce but fresh would work too) // 2 stalks of celery diced small // 1 apple diced small // juice from half a lemon // pecans // 1 1/2 cups of cooked turkey breast // 1/3 cup of mayo
- Mix all the ingredients except the spinach and the wraps together in a bowl.
- Put spinach on the lower half of the wrap as a bed for the filling.
- Find a guide online on how to wrap wraps without having it all fall apart.
- Cut in half for that cross section aesthetic.
- Devour immediately after taking the picture for social media.
Let me know what other fresh springy recipes/trends you’re loving!