As the weather warms up, I find my appetite cooling down!!
How so, do you ask?
Well, I’m no longer yearning for warm, hearty, heavy meals that our bodies often desire in those cold wintery months when our innate animal instincts compel us into hibernation mode. As the temperature has shifted, so have my cravings. I am currently looking forward to the various types of salads that a wide array of restaurants offer, with cranberries, candied pecans, kale, mandarin segments, strawberries, or more traditional salads such as Caesar, with crisp iceberg lettuce and croutons. These can be topped with grilled salmon or chicken breast for our protein intake, and dressed with flavours ranging from raspberry balsamic, to sesame soy. Just the thought of the range of possibilities available makes my mouth water. Healthy “bowl” options are now also popping up, which can have favourites such as avocado, sour cream, and choice of protein added.
And the list, as well as the spectrum of options goes on, and on, and on…….
Much to our taste buds’ sense of adventure’s delight!!
Restaurants are definitely upping their ante when it comes to healthy choices, but what if our preference is to eat at home? Grocery stores have started catering to a number of ethnicity when it comes to produce, spices, sauces, as well as choice of carbohydrates. “Smart” pasta, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa, naan bread, roti wraps, not to mention an entire array of different types of breads, are often freshly baked on grocery store premises.
There are also many different kinds of specialty stores catering to diverse tastes, such as Whole Foods, TnT, Fortino’s, Grande Cheese, in addition to the diversity that Longo’s, Sobey’s, and even No Frills offer these days.
Whether eating in or out, I encourage you to widen your palate’s horizons, and experiment with the delicious diversification we are privileged to experiencing living in the GTA.