It’s Friday, and if you’re not in love, you might be discussing nutrition with your cubicle mates like me! I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me feel less lonely and more like snuggling than talking about new and different ways to get healthy, especially on a quiet Friday morning in the officeplace.
So Naya, my next-door-cubicle-mate, has recently switched from pancake breakfasts to snow-peas and sweet potatoes.* We started discussing our sweets weakness: candy for her, coffee with more sugar than anyone would think tasty-delicious for me. But then, Naya launched into her recently revamped eating habits. Yes, the veggies for breakfast and even yogurt with granola lunch. She then lamented how much she disliked the taste of oatmeal but loved the smell of it, while also noted how expensive granola really is.
“Why don’t you put dried flavored oatmeal on your yogurt?” I suggested. “You get the taste and the oats, but without that texture you don’t like. And packet oatmeal is way cheaper than granola.”
Shockingly, Naya didn’t look disgusted. In fact…she looked intrigued.
Rarely do my food combinations go over well. I’m still known from my freshman dorm friends as the girl who ate a pile of shredded carrots with olives and sunflower seeds for dinner. Roommates have never asked if I would share my bowl of tomatoes covered with mustard for lunch. When I get a pizza with pesto, asparagus and pears, my dining companions aren’t waiting like vultures for me to be full. And I vividly recall Regan’s face when I told her my favorite breakfast used to be cottage cheese with a dab of sour cream.**
It’s nice to offer people a few random ideas and watch their creativity run free, and I’m excited to see if Naya actually finds herself eating something on my suggestion. And honestly, she’s inspired me. I had veggies for breakfast yesterday while at home! Of course, it was followed by pancakes for dinner…but well, close, right?
*Chris remains staunchly in the “coffee coffee coffee” camp, if we want to get all technical about the coworkers. He and I have this in common, which is pretty sweet.
** I totally had sushi with mango, avocado and cucumber, and it was amazing. I feel like sushi-chefs and I have the same ideas about taste.