Happy Memorial Day Weekend, friends! Do you have any fun plans? I’m working Saturday and Monday, but I hope to get in a longer bike ride with some teammates on Sunday. Fingers crossed the weather cooperates.
A few weeks ago, Jen at Peanut Butter Runner wrote a post about Mary Roach’s book Gulp. In an interview with NPR, Roach said the average American eats about 30 different foods per week. This statistic changes if you’re traveling and eating outside your home, but she said 30 is the average for most of us.
I started thinking about my personal eating habits, and as you know, I’m such a creature of habit. There is some variety in my diet, but I mostly eat the same snacks and meals. Hey, I know what I like! Here’s a look at what I typically consume each week:
1. Egg whites
3. Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread
4. Greek yogurt
9. Chia Seeds
*Protein Powder – technically not a “whole food”
12. Peppers (red, orange, yellow)
13. Black beans
22. Sweet potatoes (roasted)
24. Frozen grapes
25. Frozen mango (specifically from Trader Joe’s—so delicious!)
26. Dark chocolate
27. Almond butter
28. Peanut butter
29. Almond milk
So, I clock in at the average of 30, which is a pleasant surprise considering my day-to-day meals look very similar. This can be attributed to food-prep Sundays; it’s so easy to roast a ton of sweet potatoes and make a batch of spicy black bean quinoa and eat it throughout the week. Also, since starting triathlon training in January, I’ve discovered my body responds well to these foods, and that’s one of the reasons I hesitate to branch out. I should also note this is an extremely “clean” week for me. Mighty Montauk is only two weeks away, so I’ve made a conscious effort to fuel accordingly. When I don’t have a race right around the corner, items like Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter (currently my ultimate demise) will definitely make the list. Anyway, as the saying goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I do need to experiment more in the kitchen, though; you know what they say: “Variety is the spice of life.” I would argue cayenne pepper is the ultimate spice of life, but that’s beside the point.
What do you typically eat each week? Are you a fan of meal-prep Sundays?