Developing healthy food habits is great, and there’s nothing wrong with a little routine. Some healthy food staples are tried and true – they make you feel good – and why fix what isn’t broken? For me it’s veggies and hummus, and a green smoothie in the mornings. For you it may be spinach and eggs or a daily salad.
But when eating a clean plant-based diet of whole foods – you can run the risk of getting a little…bored. Especially when we live in a culture of decadence, and “bigger is better” and over-the-top food porn, and more, more, more.
If you want to stick with a clean-eating lifestyle, it’s important to stay excited about food! Try new things and make new recipes. Here are a few of my tips for staying out of a boring food rut.
1. Pick Something New Each Week
It could be a bizarre looking fruit that you’ve never tried, like a star fruit, passion fruit or kumquat! Or maybe it’s just branching out and buying a veggie that you don’t normally cook with, like beets or a spaghetti squash. One of my personal favorites is the watermelon radish! It’s so bright and beautiful and has a sweeter flavor than regular radishes. (above) Have you ever seen a mini pineapple? They are literally tiny pineapples that are super sweet and SUPER adorable. Last summer I bought this tiny pineapple out of curiosity and had so much fun eating it. 🙂
2. What’s Local and Fresh?
Go to your local store or to the farmer’s market and ask the grocer what is local and fresh or ripe. Don’t even think about what you’re going to make until you see what looks good – then let the food inspire you! I go to a small produce shop near my house, and they are always excited about the local goods that have just come in. Last week it was beautiful, just-picked turnips…which inspired me to make a killer root-vegetable soup! Delicious.
3. Cook with your friends!
My favorite way to stay excited about food is to enjoy the experience with others. Whether that means throwing a dinner party, or cooking a meal for your significant other. We tend to get a little bit more creative and put more TLC into the meals we share with others… so why not do that more often. My roommates have a zucchini “spiralizer” so I recently had a bunch of friends come over and we made zucchini noodles. It was great! After that I had so many ideas for creative and delicious “pasta” dishes using zucchini.