"...Parfaits maybe the most delicious thing on the whole damn planet!" - from a dense, irritating, miniature beast of burden.
Julie and I both had a rare day off together in the house today, and I walked downstairs to see her basking in the cool glow of the refrigerator, looking like a woman who knew what she was looking for mere moments before opening that cooler door. I said, "let me take care of lunch, go study..." Now, this story is not to sing my praises as a loving husband (*cough* humblebrag...), but to identify that frustrating moment of staring into pantry shelves and refrigerators with this combination of hunger, boredom and frustration that inevitably comes when you feel like you eat the same 5 foods for lunch every day. You ever been there? ESPECIALLY when you are trying to eat healthy.
You can't always change what’s in the house at the moment, but you can get creative with what you do with it. So, I grabbed a couple of Chobani Greek yogurts, a gluten-free granola bar (I'm currently experimenting with an anti-inflammatory diet), some raw almonds, and the remainder of a pint of strawberries and half pint of blueberries. I didn't think I had enough fruit for the two of us, so I grabbed a pear out of the fridge and chopped it up. I cut the granola bar into little 1/2 inch cubes, and roughly chopped up the almonds.
Then I grabbed a couple of fancy brandy snifters, because, you know, why not? I layered it up, and then yes, I even threw a little dollop of whipped cream on the top to make it special. (You gotta have a little fun, right?) Julie's face lit up like it had its own refrigerator light on it!
I understand this isn't groundbreaking stuff...and that is kind of the point. If you spend a couple minutes being thoughtful, you can turn a chore into a moment. We eat those same foods every day it seems (minus the whipped cream...honest), but today it was fun. Besides..."Have you ever met a person, you say, "Let's go get some parfait," they say, "Hell no, I don't like no parfait."? Of course not!
So, eat thoughtfully this week. Turn a chore into a meaningful moment. Maybe even splurge on a little whipped cream.