Friday, October 16, 2015

Healthy eating, good intentions, etc. feat. Lara Bars and Marinated Eggs

I've been starting to eat much better lately. I think I mentioned before that the grocery stores have pretty OK premade salad mixes; you have to opt for the ones with shredded cabbage instead of lettuce if you want to get anything like a reasonable price, but hey, for greens, carrots, and some corn with dressing and a bit of whatever meat I have lying around, I'm just glad to get salad again. They sell similar mixes for stirfry, which is pretty great. Plus, bean sprouts are unbelievably cheap here, so they're ideal filler.

Also ordered 2 kg of walnuts to try making walnut butter to eat with apples (and for snacks, because walnuts are awesome) as well as raw honey, which is not nearly as easy to find here as in the US. I love it for tea, but apparently you can also ferment garlic cloves in it, which sounds absolutely amazing.

It's also nice to be able to get two or three small salmon or amberjack (my favorite so far) fillets for about $3 to broil for breakfast. Coated the last ones with homemade teriyaki; they came out really well.

Today I ordered a bunch of these things called Lara Bars (on the strength of universally positive reviews; I've never had or even seen them). They're kind of like granola bars, except each flavor only has between about three and eight ingredients, all of them just dried fruits, spices, things like that. Seems like a great idea and much healthier than something like chips or pretzels. I love pretzels. Oh, pretzels.

The other day I took some leftover stirfry that was nearing the end of its life and threw it in a skillet with scrambled eggs... made a pretty great omelet. Tomorrow I'm going to hard boil some eggs and marinate them in miso and honey (or syrup); used to do that for bento when I was in the US, and they come out really great. Alternatively, you can marinate them in soy sauce, for something similar to what you'd get in a bowl of ramen.

It's all a lot less work and expense than it seems like, and worth it.

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