I often wonder how I survived many years eating the same few foods at each meal. Not only do I now find eating similar flavors day after day unbearably mundane, but it seems a shame not to draw on the overwhelming number of natural ingredients at my disposal.
Even though I begin nearly every morning with a bowl of oats, I always mix them up. Hot some days, cold others; topped by almond butter one day, peanut butter another; with a plum today, an apricot tomorrow. If I end up with leftovers from a meal, I always search for ways to transform them into a new dish. And when encountering an ingredient in the grocery store, I scheme at least three different ways to use it over the course of the week, even if the ideas are as simple as a salad or a sandwich.
Every now and then, however, I am surprised to find myself incessantly craving a single food combination. Last December, I couldn’t go an afternoon without pomegranate seeds in my Greek yogurt. A couple months ago, a lunch was empty without a perfect champagne mango. And now? I have become infatuated with the simplest of groupings: toast plus avocado.
I don’t know what sparks these addictions. But my current days are simply incomplete without some creamy green atop my grainy bread. While I’ve got a dinner out to look forward to tonight, I am still anticipating avocado toast with lunch. We’ll see how long this obsession lasts.
Do you have a current food addiction?