Michael and I decided to live a healthy lifestyle. Hahaha! Seriously, I’m not kidding. Actually, he decided, I play along. I still resort to eat anything I want!
Still, I wanted to show my support and follow the same path to wellness. So I decided to change my diet.
I always view leafy greens in salads as worm food. I am no worm. I am a carnivore for crying out loud! (On some occasions, a herbivore, so really I’m an omnivore, but calling myself a carnivore is badass.) I need meat! I LOVE the crispy fried Chicken Joy from Jollibee. I LOVE the patty of Burger King’s Whopper, oozing with fat juices and all things not good for my body. I LOVE the rich sauces in dishes like in beef caldereta and afritada. I also LOVE pasta, all kinds of pasta, provided they are laden with generous amount of sauce, ground meat or shrimp, sprinkled with the right kind of herbs and spices (I don’t know why, but oregano powder must never be omitted from my spaghetti. Is that weird?). And cheese must be present. Yes, cheese please. Lots of it. Cheeeesssse.
I will probably die young, and Michael will most likely outlive me. Well, I can’t let that happen, can I? By deciding to be by his side for as long as we both shall live, I made a strong resolve that I must eat healthy. (For how long Maxine? For how long? Hahaha!)
To start of, I begin to embrace the call of apples in my life. Never a fan of that fruits, or any fresh fruits for that matter. Although, I love eating this kind of fruit: fruit salad! A Filipino favorite dessert during birthdays, fiestas and other occasions–a medley of fruits bathed in all purpose cream and sweetened condensed milk.
But I have got to start somewhere so I shifted to this:
It looks so sad, I know. But I was surprise when after I ate the apple as a snack or even part of lunch, I never crave for anything else the entire day until my next meal.
Next, is a cup of green tea. It is said that green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients good for the body. Also it helps boost metabolism and increase fat burning. Fats burning. FATS BURNING. Yep I like the sound of that. My usual favorite blends would be Earl Grey and English Breakfast tea, but since I need to burn fats…
And then, let me show you what I made for lunch.
Looks quite lovely, if I say so myself. I made the above food to share with Michael as his post-work out lunch. (Although, my primary intention was really to impress Michael. Hahaha!)
I adapted this salad from a video of Tasty posted in Facebook. I must admit, I did have some qualms whether this salad would taste good. I mean, where’s the dressing? (And by dressing I mean anything that is creamy and comes in a bottle.) But I swear, this light salad actually tasted good.
So with out further ado, and in case you haven’t watched the Tasty video, this is the recipe for my own version of Avocado, Cucumber and Tomato salad.
- Sliced cucumber cut in halves
- Tomatoes, sliced
- Red onion, sliced
- Cilantro, chopped
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Toss cucumber, avocados and tomatoes in a bowl.
- Add onion. Add chopped cilantro.
- Squeeze the lemon over the salad for its juice.
- Drizzle some olive oil.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix them all together and you’re done.
See how easy it was made?
Now, you might ask me what the heck is Cilantro and what is it called in Filipino? To tell you the truth I didn’t know its Filipino term at first. I went to the supermarket thinking that I could just easily find it the shelf. But lo and behold! There was WANSOY and KINCHAY laid side by side together. I mean really? They already look the same, so why would you be so cruel to people like me who doesn’t even know how to tell the two apart and its difference? And furthermore, why can’t you include both English and Filipino term, huh? HUH?
I called Michael and asked him to Google for me the name of Cilantro in Filipino. He got a bit confused at first for the internet gave him different answers. While waiting for his reply, I asked the person in charge at the vegetable section which one was cilantro. He told me it’s wansoy. Then I asked him what is kinchay then–he didn’t know, he said. Michael called me back and confirmed that cilantro is wansoy.
Later on I searched the net and there was some confusion as to what is wansoy and kinchay. Some say that wansoy is cilantro and kinchay is a kind of parsley while others claimed it was the opposite. Bottom line, if you need cilantro, go for the wansoy.
So anyway, I kind of dig in with this kind of worm food. It is worm food, but a healthy and delicious one. Hahaha! But don’t take my word on it. Go ahead and try to make one now.
PS: When he is not around, this is really what I eat.
But let’s keep it a secret, shall we? 😉