Last night at dinner, my kids got to talking about living on a desert island. One asked the others which toys, books and personal affects they would take with them if they could only choose ten.
The quick and obvious answers were their (1) Nintendo 3-DS’s (of course, the oldest child was quick to ask whether or not there would be electricity on said island; we collectively decided, yes), (2) iPod Touches and (3) the family cat.
More slowly came (4) Lego (because you can build it over and over again), lots of (5) paper, pencils and markers (for drawing, writing stories and making treasure maps), their (6) scooters (I insisted that helmets had to come too), (7) a soccer ball, (8) buckets and beach toys because, of course, it would be a warm, sunny island, (9) lots of books for reading (in case we get bored) and (10) money (they assumed there would be someplace to spend it!).
No mention of food or clothing. That’s mom’s jurisdiction.
The whole conversation got me to thinking about what I would bring for us to eat. But since there was no way that any 10 items would be universally approved (I have one very picky eater), I decided to make my own, personal list of desert island foods. If I had to eat only 10 things for a very long time, what would they be and why?
- Oats. I can’t start my morning without them. They’re filling and flavorful and versatile. I’ve even ground them into flour to bake with.
- Coffee. I can’t start my morning without it. Strong, finely ground Italian espresso is best.
- Raspberries. My very favorite fruit of all time. So great as a topper for oats! And full of vitamin C and antioxidants. Yum, yum!
- Chocolate. Just a little square after dinner a couple of nights of the week. The darker, the better and if it were to have nuts in it, I wouldn’t complain.
- Red peppers. I eat at least one pepper a day. Raw, with eggs, stir fried and roasted. Doesn’t really matter how. I adore them!
- Almond butter. A great healthy fat that works well with oats and chocolate alike. Or just by the spoonful on it’s own.
- Eggs. The perfect protein snack. Scrambled, fried, poached, soft or hard boiled. I like them all. Of course that means we would need
- Chickens to lay all those eggs. I could eat a chicken breast everyday and never get tired of them.
- Spinach. Raw, wilted, steamed (with almond butter sauce!). As a salad or mixed into a
- Whey protein shake. Hard to decide on a single flavor, but if I were limited to one, it would have to be vanilla. Goes well with everything!
Did you notice what’s missing from this list?
Before you go, I’ve a couple of fun announcements:
This week I’m guest posting over at Bite Size Wellness about tips for making your first personal training session a success.
And coming up in April, I’ll be leading a ‘Best Life’ series of workshops at Younique Fitness Studio. Workshops are 90 min in length and include a workout and lecture/discussion on the topics “Fitness for Fat Loss”, “Concentrate on Core” and “Perfecting your Posture”. Local Port Moody peeps, be sure to check it out!
What are you desert island foods? Foods you could eat every day without complaint?