Sunday, July 10, 2016

Going NUTS for snacks

Quite often, I have conversations like the following:

randomPerson1: so you can't eat [a long list of foods] and it must be hard to prepare all of the food you bring... and.. can you have potatoes?

kiwi WITH THE SKIN, plum, and pepper
me: It is not so hard to wash and cut fruit and throw nuts into a bag. Yes, I can have potatoes but I despise them.

randomPerson1: but you can have potato chips!!! Why don't you just bring some potato chips everyday- it is so convenient to buy them and they are a real snack!

me: I remember saying that I despise potato chips. And who says it is a real snack? Just because everyone else eats them it doesn't mean it is healthy for you or tastes better than my awesome container of kiwi (with the skin because yes, you can eat the skin). Real snacks should be real food.

So yes, I usually get interrogated, and then the person comes up with a bunch of unhealthy stuff that there is no point in eating because they are just full of stuff that you don't want to put into your body... the reason to have a snack is to keep you full of energy between meals. A lot of the time I don't even have "meals" but have snacks every hour or two throughout the day. But these snacks are something along the lines of fruit, veggies, nuts, or hardboiled eggs... sometimes dark chocolate covered almonds because I need my cocoa fix. Also found RXBAR, which is a simple food bar that is substantial, with clean ingredients and no added garbage.

Today after going to an Bikram yoga class [35th day in a row], I felt inspired to change up my nut choices and bought sprouted almonds instead of regular (not sprouted almonds)! This is exciting because I had no idea what sprouted meant, which really meant that this was way out of my comfort zone ;) 
I found out that sprouted nuts allow you to easily digest the minerals in the nuts, which is a plus.
RXBARs and SPROUTED almonds!!!

hardboiled egg in Central Park
On my morning walk across central park from the upper east to upper west side, where I am an instructor counselor at an engineering/math/science summer program, I usually have a bag of frozen fruit and nuts. One day I was too low on nuts so stopped by the tennis center cafe conveniently located in the park along the way, and I found that they sell hard boiled eggs, which saved my morning! They have a good source of choline, which boosts brain function. When I was in high school, my mom used to encourage me to eat a hardboiled egg, cucumber, and pepper in the morning before a test because an Israeli newspaper wrote an article (aimed for students) about this healthy combination. I still try to eat this because it's like a test everyday when I have a group of 1st-3rd grade, curious, intelligent, and imaginative future engineers (and one future time warp specialist). And I must have enough energy because we build something like robots that could draw, model dams, or program a video game in the morning, and do math scavenger hunts, play capture the flag, or have intense water balloon fights in the afternoons. It is a lot of fun. 
filling up water balloons like it's my job... oh wait...

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Bluefin Tuna Incident: resolved (a year later!)

It's been about 2 years since I've blogged- I've recently received emails about blog, which reminded me that I have a lot to add!

A lot has happened in the last two years: I traveled to different parts Central America for exploring (with great people), went to Israel twice to visit friends and family, ran a marathon, celebrated my 21st birthday (which is a funny story for another day), got a job, graduated college, found out that spelt is really wheat- so DON'T EAT SPELT IF YOU HAVE A WHEAT ALLERGY UNLESS YOU ENJOY BEING SICK ALL THE TIME!!!! The last thing though is really a key takeaway and solved many problems.

I don't want to write a novel, so in the next few posts I will slowly elaborate about my current adventures until I start my job (and I will instantaneously become a responsible adult).

1 year ago, I decided that I would revive the blog. One of my favorite meals is a salad with raw fish (Japanese inspired), which is simply made like this:

1. Wash and chop a head of romaine lettuce for salad base
2. Dice 1/4-1/2 of an avocado and add to lettuce
3. Slice about 1/8-1/4 lb. of sushi grade tuna and salmon (add more if you are hungry)
4. For some more flavor I add wasabi, but not such a large amount that you are crying

This is the greatest salad ever if you like raw fish, and if I was stuck on an island that had a menu with one item, this would definitely be it!

I was very excited to post again and was about to start writing, but then, in the book that I was reading (The Rosie Project, Graeme Samson), there is an event called "the bluefin tuna incident." Before I explain this, the book is from the perspective of Don, a smart, socially awkward, genetics professor who is unaware that he has Asperger's. Anyways, he is super organized, has a standardized meal system, has a bathroom-office (for maximum efficiency), and other unique, funny habits. Obviously, I found this great read by judging books by their covers, because that is what I do. In the book, "the bluefin tuna incident" occurs when Don is at a restaurant with colleagues, and he orders a bluefin tuna dish to share, which makes him seem insensitive because bluefin tuna are an endangered species. He tries using logic to make the other understand his decision, but fails to read social cues in order to navigate through the situation.

As I read, it made me question my own habits and sustainability philosophy. That's when I realized that I was about to blog about a salad that contained endangered bluefin tuna! So terrible! Then I felt bad and decided that it was a sign not to blog... Little did I know that it was not actually bluefin tuna...

Today, as I bought the tuna for my salad, I realized that they didn't even sell bluefin tuna at that grocery store, and it is very difficult to find for obvious reasons, which made me think: sweet! time to blog!

For info on The Rosie Project: