How I Have Been Nourishing Myself Lately – Instalment Two

Hi Friend! It is time for another look inside my dinner plate 🙂 It is really fun to look at what other people are enjoying, so here is a look into what I use to keep me energized, balanced, movin' and groovin' To start us off, I treated myself to one of my very favourite fruits of all time:

Those are not a type of sea food, promise

Those are not a type of sea food, promise

Those are rambutan! When I was in Thailand, I ate a diet that was made up almost exclusivly of these little guys. While we were living on Koh Phangan Island there were a few times where I literally bought so many that the island was sold out by Friday and I had to wait for a boat to come in with a new shipment on Monday. Life was tough, I tell you. Here is what they look like inside:

Looking a little more normal now, yes?

Looking a little more normal now, yes?

They are a bit of work, but so worth it! They taste similar to Lychee and Longan, but I find them to be slightly sweeter. They are my favourite by far. Next, I treated myself to this massive melon:

It looks like a giant onion, no?

It looks like a giant onion, no?

It is called a canary melon, and it tastes like the most intensely sweet honeydew you have ever eaten.

Peeled and ready for my face

Peeled and ready for my face

I have also enjoyed a watermelon:

That is what summer tastes like

That is what summer tastes like

Or two:

So crunchy and juicy and sweet and perfect

So crunchy and juicy and sweet and perfect

It is always so amazing to me how the taste of something can make you FEEL like it is summer. I literally get pulled back to summer nights in Saskatchewan as a child every time I taste watermelon. Also to Thailand, because all of my memories are of Thailand now. The other big ticket item that has been occupying my fridge has been mini mangoes. If you follow me in Instagram, you will know that I purchased just enough:

just the right amount I would say.

just the right amount I would say.

So yes. I got a little carried away. Such is life. I enjoyed them on their own:

Just perfection

Just perfection

And with some Guavas:

Have you had strawberry guavas?

Have you had strawberry guavas?

Those are little strawberry guavas. They are ripe when super soft, and they are filled with tonnes of little seeds. They are sweet with a little sour note. I peel my mangoes by hand rather than with a knife. So this is what they look like pre-peel:

Aren't they so cute?

Aren't they so cute?

Post peel:

With my bare hands I peeled them!

With my bare hands I peeled them!

Essentially I am a savage. And yes - it is messy and the juice winds up everywhere. This is just what comes with the fruity girl territory I suppose. We also splurged on some special drinks! We got a chlorophyll mint drink from the Fort Mason Farmers Market and enjoyed it on the grass:

Look at me the little spokes model here.

Look at me the little spokes model here.

I got myself a lemon Iced tea from Plant Cafe:

Clearly, it was love

Clearly, it was love

When I was in Thailand (yes again with the Thailand, I know!), I drank my weight in lemon iced teas every day. They do it very simply there, just tea and lime juice and ice. Here is a tip - when you are in Thailand, anything they call 'lemon' is actually lime. Then, we decided to get super wild one Friday night and splurge on fresh coconuts!

Two Wild and Crazy Guys!

Two Wild and Crazy Guys!

Yup. We are that crazy. I get a little buzz from coconut water, does that happen to you? I also had this amazing pasta:

You want this. Trust me.

You want this. Trust me.

If you missed it, I posted the recipe here I also made myself a little dip for my zucchini:

That is dip makings!

That is dip makings!

I blended:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 handful basil
  • 1 handful dill
  • 1 bunch chives
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • pinch of chillis
  • stevia

And served it with zucchini: dip! And lastly, Marcus had his first taste of raw corn!

He liked it!

He liked it!

I was astounded that he had never tasted raw corn before, so we got him an ear at the farmers market. He liked it. When I am asked how I keep up with eating this way, my two answers are always: 1. Find a good produce mart and go often. Search around in your town. I am willing to bet that there are at least a few stores that carry a good selection of produce for a reasonable price. Also, when you frequent places they will get to know you and will often times give you deals 🙂 We love Golden Veggie Mart here in SF:

We love you

We love you

Good prices, good quality stuff, nice people 🙂

Look at all that goodness!

Look at all that goodness!

2. Keep your refrigerator looking like the produce department:

Is it a fridge or a jungle?

Is it a fridge or a jungle?

If most of the items in your fridge and pantry are processed items, you are going to be eating mostly processed foods! Also, there is nothing more frustrating than wanting to eat healthy, getting hungry, going to your fridge and being faced with only processed foods. Make eating nourishing foods easy by keeping a plethora of them on hand at all times. What have you been eating lately? <3