I consider myself to be a largely diverse eater. I always preach balance and the benefits of including a wide scope of ingredients into one’s lifestyle. Mostly, this stems from my interest in flavor – I become weary of the same dishes if eaten too often.
But, there are certain foods that I am perfectly content to consume every single day, and I miss them dearly when I don’t get them in.
Bananas, usually warmed up in oatmeal, preferably lightly speckled with brown for maximum sweetness. My sister and I have joked that we need to plant a banana tree on our balcony, as we each munch on one daily.
Plain Greek yogurt. Nothing compares to the thickness and the tang. As someone with a relatively weak sweet tooth, I always found flavored yogurts to be cloyingly over-sugared. Plain yogurt changed my life – but Greek took it to a whole other plane of existence. I wish I could afford to buy Fage 2%, because it is by far the best.
Greens. I have to buy them in trough size quantities. So many nutrients, so many different types. Plus, any food with such rich color instantly appeals to the aestheticist in me.
Almonds, in some form. My favorite nut. When I buy almond butter it consists of one ingredient – no salt, no sugar, nothing but pure, blended almonds.
Oats. If I had to pick one grain to stick to the rest of my life, oats would be it. There is no food that is a better platform for kitchen experimentation. Oats can be enjoyed warm, cold, raw, baked, sweet, or savory. With such versatility, they’re the one food I could never tire of eating.
Ironically, I seem to have covered all of the food groups. Isn’t it nice when balance sneaks up on you?
Which foods are your essentials?