My husband and I went food shopping today, to stock up on provisions before Hurricane Sandy shuts down the city. (How come food is only called “provisions” before a storm?) What should have been a typical everyday errand turned into a minor dispute, because we couldn’t agree on what food to buy.
I thought it would be good to buy fresh vegetables, so we wouldn’t end up stranded without anything green and crunchy to eat for a few days. James, on the other hand, thought it was more important to buy hard sausage, canned soup, and his favorite cookies (Fig Newmans, don’t ya know. . . ). We did, however, find common ground on crunchy peanut butter and crisp Fuji apples.
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In a way, James was right. Hard sausage, canned soup, and cookies are foods that are ready-to-eat even if the power goes out, and they don’t require refrigeration. But processed foods with lots of sodium, cholesterol, and sugar are not ones I want to eat on regular basis, and keeping them out of our house is an ongoing challenge-that’s why, even with a hurricane approaching, I opted for grabbing a bunch of kale and a big butternut squash.
Typically, I try to make it as easy as possible for both of us to eat well at home. One way to do that is to keep healthy, ready-to-eat snacks around the house, such as nut butters and fresh veggies, because I know that James doesn’t want to have to cook every time he gets hungry. Lately, we’ve been enjoying homemade hummus on everything from sandwiches to cucumber slices. When I’m cooking for the two of us, I also try to make healthy food that is especially tasty, whereas if I were just cooking for myself I would be quite content with something as unsexy and bland as a bowl of lentils and some cooked kale.
Despite my best efforts, though, processed snack food does occasionally finds its way into our home, a reality that underscores my own dirty little secret: a big reason that I don’t want junk food in the house is that in a moment of craving I’m entirely likely to devour it all myself! Sigh. So how do you deal with this dastardly domestic dilemma? Does your partner or your kids have drastically different food instincts than you do? Do you find it challenging to keep your loved ones eating healthy? Please share your thoughts and give this health-nut with a weakness for Fig Newmans a little advice! Thanks!