Hey, hey, happy May Day!
May?! Seriously? Already?
The year is rocketing by! However the temperatures most definitely are not rocketing upward–at least not in Boise! The weather has been like a fickle teenager in love lately – first it’s warm, then it’s cool –and yesterday….well, yesterday it was frrrreeezing.
Oh dear, I sound like a broken record. Well, shoot. Since I’m owning up to it, though, I might as well own up to something else…
I’m still loving on cinnamon toast. BIG TIME.
I mistakenly labeled this loving an “obsession” in my last post, but seeing as we’ve been on-again off-again friends (those low carb bread-less years were pretty miserable!) for as long as I can remember, I’m going to call it a life-long “partnership.”
Obsession, however, might more accurately describe the star of yesterday’s breakfast.
I’ve heard enthusiastic buzz about the egg-jam-cheese trifecta for a few months, but I never expected it to be as knock-your-socks-off yum as it was.
Let it be shouted from the rooftops: eggs, cheese and jam is…THE JAM.
And I didn’t even know it until yesterday! What a shame! Ah well…Better late than never. I think this breakfast obsession is soon going to become a lifelong partnership. 😉
- 2 eggs + 1 egg white (or you can use all whites)
- ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
- ½ cup finely diced strawberries (these will be used to make your “jam”)
- Stevia or sweetener of choice
- Whisk eggs and egg whites until frothy; set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, toss diced strawberries with stevia, and microwave for one minute, or until soft and jam-like.
- Grease a pan with coconut oil, butter or Pam, and heat for a few seconds. Pour egg mixture into pan, and cook over low heat until the center is almost set. Add jam and goat cheese, then fold over.
And there ya have it—a breakfast, lunch, or dinner chock full of filling protein, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and veggies (if you do the sauteed spinach thing on the side, like I did—and you KNOW you want to! 😉 ).
The Hierarchy of Food Needs
It goes without saying that I gawk over lots of food on this blog. Heck, I just typed 400 words about an omelet! Food is a happiness thing for me—I love it. I love to eat it, and I definitely love to chat about it. Few things make me happier than a foamy cappuccino, a delectably smooth piece of dark chocolate, perfectly seared scallops, and even
peanut butter wafflewiches! It’s the simple things…
However for many people around the world food isn’t such a simple thing.
The other day, a good friend of mine sent me a link to this article, which explains the hierarchy of food needs. It’s something I’ve been ruminating over for a few days, and it’s made me acutely aware that my interest in food–good food—is an absolute blessing.
If you’re reading this post, you probably have a passion—or at least, interest—in food as well. Perhaps you love cooking or you enjoy trying new restaurants; maybe you’re an athlete who carefully uses food to fuel your workouts; you may even write your own food blog.
Or, it could be that your relationship with food is a little rocky— a bit more love-and-hate. In any case, you’re probably reading this post because you have some sort of interest in food.
Which also means that you have enough of it. Which means that you have access to a steady stream of it. Which means that you are in a position to make informed, conscious choices about it.
Those of you who studied psychology may recognize this diagram. It’s Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – an illustration of Maslow’s theory that humans must first have basic needs met before we can move on to pursue other, higher needs.
For example, if we don’t have our physiological needs met (like food and water) or our safety needs met (say, we live in a war-torn country) we’re probably not too concerned about building up our self-confidence or finding a career that fosters our creativity. Because we’re just trying to survive.
Similarly, the Hierarchy of Food Needs diagrams our needs, but only needs pertaining to food.
From the article:
The graphic suggests that getting enough food to eat is the most important thing to people. Having food be acceptable (e.g., not rotten, something you are not allergic to) comes second. Once those two things are in place, people hope for reliable access to food and only then do they begin to worry about taste. If people have enough, acceptable, reliable, good-tasting food, then they seek out novel food experiences and begin to make choices as to what to eat for instrumental purposes (e.g., number of calories, nutritional balance).
I’ve always known that I’m extremely blessed to live a life in which all my basic needs are met, however seeing it visually illustrated like this made me pause. I exist entirely at the top of this pyramid: my food decisions—dictated completely by taste, the enjoyment of eating, and the nutritional composition of the food—are indeed higher-level choices.
But the choices made by the majority of people around the world—in this country and others—are determined solely by basic needs; they aren’t concerned about calories or whether carbohydrates or complex or refined because they’re too busy making sure that their families have enough to eat—that no one goes to bed hungry.
I can’t even begin to imagine what what that struggle is like.
That said, I firmly believe that there’s nothing wrong with having a passion about food, or that we should feel inundated with guilt about our blessings.
However, today I’m taking a moment to pause and be truly thankful for those blessings. I’m taking a moment to think about those who don’t know what it’s like to fantasize excitedly about what to cook for dinner, who instead worry about whether or not it will even exist. I’m taking a moment to thoughtfully consider what I can personally do to reach out to those people – to use my blessings to make their situations just a tiny bit easier—and I hope you’ll join me.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends! I love you all SO much. <3
I want to know…
What did YOU eat for breakfast this morning? What’s your favorite salty + sweet combination? What’s your favorite way to eat eggs?
Salty + sweet: Chocolate-covered peanut butter pretzels and kettle corn!
What kinds of things do you do or would you like to do to help people who are hungry? Have you ever volunteered in a soup kitchen or donated money to an organization that works to end hunger?
Have you ever experienced a moment that simply stopped you in your tracks and made you say THANK YOU for all of the blessings in your life?
Seeing that pyramid really hit home for me; I realized that even though I used to struggle with food—and still do from time to time—I don’t have to worry about getting enough of it to survive. I want to be more grateful for that.