As both a food lover and dietitian (trust me, these are two very mutually exclusive things) one of the most common questions I get is ‘What do you eat?’.
Generally I answer this question with “Everything except cilantro”. Which of course, doesn’t cut the mustard.
A common follow-up question is ‘Ok, so what do you eat for lunch?‘ (dinner, snack, dessert, second breakfast, to cure a hangover may all be inserted in lieu of ‘lunch’).
We’ve already covered the lunch burrito situation. Following this post, one savvy reader asked what I eat with said burrito. Good catch. My lunches do tend to be more than just one trick ponies. That is, I like a little some’n some’n on the side.
I would say 80% of the time, I also have fruit and yogurt.
WAIT! Don’t go. Please bear with me. It’s more interesting than it sounds. Cross my heart.
The fruit I choose is preferably in season, but I crave variety so it’s rarely the same thing week to week.
Now the yogurt is made my way. Long ago I bought individual flavoured yogurts – until I discovered my own concoctions contain actual pieces of real-life fruit in significant amounts, as much or as little added sweetness as I want, and incorporate more than a measly 2 spoonfuls of yogurt. They also ease my conscious on an environmental front – no more excessive packaging!
I start with plain yogurt, sometimes naturally flavoured vanilla. I also read the ingredient list to make sure it doesn’t have anything weirdo and un-yogurt like in it, and try to stick to a relatively lower fat option (1%-2% M.F.) since I’m eating it every day.
I really like President’s Choice 1% and 3% plain yogurts.
I also like Astro Organic and Naturally flavoured plain and vanilla yogurts.
Greek yogurt is exploding in popularity and of course works well here too.
Whatever you decide on a fat/ flavour account, try to stick to something that is as close to naked yogurt as possible – which is simply milk and bacteria.
Now, there’s no set recipe for this blog entry.
Follow my lead and mix up your own combo. One tub of yogurt makes about 6 -1/2 cup yogurt servings. Fill the rest of your container up with fruit, granola, nuts, maple syrup, jam, honey etc. and be sure to make them all at once to have the same convenient on-the-go option as individually packaged yogurts.