Do You Eat the Same Thing Every Day?

If you’re like most of the population, it’s easy to fall in to a daily routine.  I am such a routine person; wake up, brush my teeth, eat my breakfast, blog, exercise, work, eat, work, make dinner, go for a walk, clean something, watch one of my nightly TV shows, go to sleep. Day after day. If my routine is messed with, I’m not a happy camper! How many of you guys are like that? 

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In regards to food however, even though I might eat around the same times every day, I try to change up my meals as much as possible. Did you know I once read that we should be consuming AT LEAST 23 DIFFERENT foods every day? How many of us actually do that? 

I USED to be one of the people who ate about the same thing every day. There was a period where I couldn’t go a day without hummus and it was all I ever wanted for lunch. When I was living in Ann Arbor, I rotated between the same 5-6 dinners every week because I was by myself and it was easy. Things drastically changed when I got married and started The Healthy Apron though. I was challenging myself to be more adventurous and try NEW foods and recipes every week. It was difficult at first, but after a few months, I got down a NEW routine…making a grocery list! What a difference there is in the grocery shopping experience when you have a meal plan and a list to follow!

I started slowly by changing up our week night dinners. I chose 2-3 new foods to incorporate every week and it was fun experimenting. I realize this can be a challenge when you have more than 2 people to cook for, but I say…GO FOR IT! Give your spouse and children something new to eat and they just may surprise you by liking it! If not, at least you can say you tried and maybe you can put that new food in a different dish for next time? Just try to mildly step out of your comfort zone and you may surprise yourself AND your taste buds.

Now what about the rest of the day? Is that SAME bowl of cereal or toast still calling your name? Well it’s time to make a change! The more variety you add to your diet, the more nutrients your body can consume and the healthier you will be!

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So if you eat a banana or an apple every day for breakfast, try having berries, kiwi, or plums! If you are stuck in a peanut butter and jelly rut, why not make a huge salad and add 3-5 veggies that you rarely consume!? Add some staying power with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits! If you always eat the same granola bar every afternoon, time to change it up! Try fruit and yogurt, veggies and hummus, or cheese and crackers. VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE! Summer is right around the corner and the produce aisles will be loaded with lots of fresh stuff! So I encourage you to start using them!!

This is my challenge. Every week, I will choose ONE new food for each of you readers to try. I will be using the same food in a recipe for either breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. I want YOU to do the same! Let’s give our bodies a boost of nutrition and start the spring/summer of 2012 off on the right foot! My hope is that this little step will lead you to take MORE steps to add variety to your daily diet!

What’s up for this week? RASPBERRIES!

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I LOVE adding raspberries to my morning oats! So I want YOU to give it a try!  A serving of raspberries (~3/4 c.) will start your day with a heavy dose of Vitamin C, manganese, fiber, and phytonutrients to help ward off diseases like cancer!!

When was the last time you helped yourself to some raspberries? Although not in season at the moment, plenty of health food stores carry organic raspberries in the freezer section. I believe Trader Joe’s has the cheapest at $2.99/bag. NOT BAD!

Give this concoction a whirl!

RASPBERRY OATS!

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  • 1/2 c. plain oats
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 3/4 c. raspberries
  • cinnamon
  • liquid stevia (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Bring milk to boil on your stove top. Stir in oats, raspberries, cinnamon, stevia, vanilla. Let simmer for ~5 minutes until oats reach your desired consistency. Enjoy!

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14 comments to Do You Eat the Same Thing Every Day?

  • I have the same breakfast most days, but mix up the rest of what I eat. Haven’t counted to see if I typically hit 23 foods, though.

  • I’m a dietitian as well, and to be honest I probably don’t eat 23 different foods a day. I’m going to start counting though and see where I am typically at and use it as a starting point for increasing my variety of foods per day! Thanks for the wake-up call!

  • Ok, so I think it’s true that a variety is a good thing (especially when it comes to getting enough nutrients) I have also read that weight management is easier when we stick to the same foods each day (or about the same). I typically eat the same thing, about 90% of the time, but mix up the other 10%. I still get a variety of foods, but it’s a variety of the same foods each day (different colors of veggies and fruits, different types of grains, different sources of dairy and alternatives). It works for me.
    Great oatmeal recipe, thanks! That’s one thing I need to start doing again…oatmeal!

  • I definitely need more variety. I get stuck in routines because they’re simple more than anything else. I love your challenge! (And raspberries mixed in with overnight oats are one of my favorites!)

  • This is a lovely reminder of something I try to remind myself, but don’t always remember :) By default, I stick with the same foods for periods of time, before getting sick of them and moving on to something else (although, that’s more with day time eating – dinners I try to vary). There’s a food variety checklist online that I try to do every now and then and see how I’m tracking, but I don’t always get to the 23 different foods recommended!

  • I used to eat the same thing ever single day when i worked at an office. Now that I’m at home, it’s so nice to finally mix it up!

  • Vanessa G

    I love this idea! I do seem to eat alot of the same food everyday. O’and don’t EVEN mess with my routine!! I’m up for the challenge. Great idea. :)

  • Raspberries are my favorite “mix in” fruit!

  • What a great challenge!!
    I think blogging gas definitely helped me branch out but lately breakfasts are lacking variety.

  • Ahh my comment got eaten by the universe. Boo!

    Long story short – I eat a lot of similar items, but I do a much better job of switching it up than I used to (now that I work from home, I have lots of options at my fingertips, score!).

    One thing that will never change for me though is my morning bowl of oats. I sometimes will have eggs and toast or something, but most of the time its oatmeal. Just can’t get enough!! I’ll gladly swap out my banana or apple for rasberries in my bowl of oats this week though. But only because you asked me to ;-)

  • I love this idea, A LOT I am a creature of habit.

  • I crave routine for sure! I hate it when my schedule is thrown off by the unexpected.

    Food wise I try to mix it up though since I love to cook but my eating schedule is VERY routine :)

  • I sometimes tend to get into routines like that with food. I know a lot of times I have the same thing for at least 2-3 days in a row due to my love of leftovers.

    But this is the reason I make myself order something at restaurants that I rarely fix for myself. Gotta mix it up!

  • Great idea!
    I do eat certain foods daily, (especially if I make a big batch of something and eat all the leftovers throughout the week) but usually my dinners are pretty varied.

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