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Tuesday, May 22, 2007If you haven't gone to check yet, I thought I'd let you know that Bento Yum is up and running. We hope to have the first sets for sale some time this week (Abigail sent me pics, they are so cute!) but they aren't quite ready yet. When they are, I'll make a post here to share a little info about the idea of packing bentos and to share some pics of the sets.
With that out of the way, I've found myself having some fun with a little personal food challenge that I've created for myself and thought I'd see if anyone else wanted to join me.
It's a simple one really.
Buy at least one brand new food every time I go grocery shopping.
See, the thing about eating healthy (or even eating unhealthy) is that it can get monotonous. It's so easy to fall into a pattern...you know...grilled chicken on Monday, soup and sandwich on Tuesday, meatloaf on Wednesday and so on.
Since bento packing is partly about fun, creative, colorful and healthy food, I've found myself hunting down some new things to pack. It's been about a month since I decided that we needed to expand our food horizons and that I'd start buying at least one brand new item every time I went shopping.
So far, here's what we've tried:
Kumquats (I LOVE these, Greg hates them)
Asian Pears (just bought it this week, haven't tasted yet)
Fresh Apricots (Perfect snack size to pack in Bento, Greg likes 'em)
Japanese Sushi Rice (haven't tried it yet)
Mahi Mahi (mmmmmmmmmm....)
Soy Vay Teriyaki Sauce (haven't tried it yet)
Sweet Potatoes (I know, can you believe I'd never bought them? Greg likes 'em)
CousCous (Think I'm going to make this tomorrow)
Asparagus (Nope, didn't like it)
Butternut Squash (Emmitt is all over this stuff)
There are quite a few veggies that I think we're going to try as well. I've never had eggplant, several types of greens, edameme, and a wide variety of mushrooms. I figure they're all worth trying at least once. I'd also like to try quite a few fruits that I've always skipped over. Those tend to be the more expensive ones though, so part of me hopes I won't like them.
How about you? How often do you challenge yourself to try a new food? Find anything amazing that you really like? Are you up for a once a month thread that talks about the new foods we've found and tried? Might be a nice way to change up the same boring meals.
Labels: Healthy Eating