This blog may be many things, but a nutrition guide is not one of them.
I’ve attended multiple nutrition talks during high school and college, so I know exactly what I should eat and in what quantities to eat it. There are just some days where I have no desire to use this education and prepare a well-balanced meal for myself. So without further ado, here are the Top 10 strangest meals I’ve resorted to so far. If you can even call them meals…
10) Frozen yogurt
Sometimes none of the restaurants near campus sound appealing, so I miraculously find myself at the local self-serve fro yo place, banging my cardboard cup on the counter to settle the yogurt it’s already overflowing with, so I can then load it up with more toppings. I do put fruit and granola in there, so it sorta counts as healthy…
9) Pork-filled pierogies with marinara sauce, and an iced chai tea latte
I’m pretty much addicted to chai, so that’s a given. I bought the pierogies (Polish dumplings) from a farmer’s market in my neighborhood, and I was really excited to try them, but I felt like they needed some sort of sauce to really bring out their full flavor. Perhaps they do, but marinara is NOT it.
8) A glass of milk
Is milk the drink of champions? Yes. Is it satisfying at literally any time of day or night? Yes. Am I a recovering gallon-a-day milkaholic? Yes.
7) Scrambled eggs and a leftover piece of Black Magic cake
Ok, this is actually a very common breakfast for my family – we like to say the cake takes the place of a pastry or Pop Tart. Never mind that this cake is more decadent and wonderful than ANY pastry or dessert you have EVER tasted in your WHOLE LIFE. (If you’ve never made it, here is the recipe. Top it generously with chocolate buttercream frosting. Your happiness and productivity and general wellbeing will skyrocket after eating.)
6) Beef jerky, half a blueberry bagel, Garden Salsa Sun Chips, and a fruit leather
This was the lunch I packed and took to classes (in an adorable pink lunch box) four days a week last fall quarter. I got some weird looks from classmates while I chowed down.
5) Honey Nut Cheerios
This is my go-to!!!!! Actually any bowl of cereal.
4) Chocolate milk and a prepackaged olive and cheese cup
Both were purchased from the unappetizing food stand outside my biology classroom – coming to class straight from practice makes you desperate. The subtle, complementary flavor profiles of the olives and cheese were obliterated by the chocolate milk.
3) Chips and salsa, four chocolate-covered almonds, and four raspberries
This is the result of rummaging through the fridge and cupboards and realizing I only bought snacks during my last grocery run. The salsa must be Herdez verde, the almonds must be from Trader Joe’s, and the raspberries must be free of mold.
2) Two glasses of sweet tea, two cheesy sugar biscuits, and three bites of beef brisket
This was a classic case of overdosing on drinks and appetizers at a BBQ restaurant before the actual meal came. Interesting fact: the sweet tea had so much sugar in it that some of the sugar floated UNDISSOLVED in my glass. I drank till I began to feel nauseous.
1) A bowl of shredded mozzarella cheese and two chocolate graham crackers
I can’t even…
If you have any tips to share regarding meals (strange or otherwise) that could replace some of the above, please comment below.
Tune in next week as I continue the journey to rediscover my love of writing. Sneak peek: I’ll be taking a break from writing about myself to share some of my parents’ best stories.