I’m going to steal a page from Kmkat’s book* and offer a Ten On Tuesday this week. And since I just crawled back from the grocery store with like a million things to unpack and put away (but which I’m ignoring because It’s Important To Blog Right This Second), I offer you:
(What could be more thrilling!?)
1. 2% milk
It goes in coffee, and a splash of it goes in my oatmeal every morning. THIS IS INARGUABLE.
2. Quick oatmeal, whichever’s cheapest.
Oatmeal’s one of those things that’s so cheap, about half the time I can get the store brand on sale for less than the bulk price.
I eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning. I win at oatmeal. 1/2c oats, 1 c water, microwave for 2 minutes. Add a generous dose of cinnamon (good for the blood or something), a splash of 2% milk, a scoop of chopped walnuts (omega 6 fatty acids), and a scoop of Craisins or frozen blueberries (antioxidants, and a serving of fruit for the day), plus a bit of brown sugar (a surprising amount of sweetness for relatively few calories, and all-natural).
Fast, delicious, nutritious, and cheap! About 20 cents a bowl, more or less.
Have you tried Millstone’s “Mayan Black Onyx”? It’s surprisingly good for the price, and organic/shade grown to boot. Millstone’s Italian and French roasts are also quite good. All the rest of their coffee varieties are… less good.
4. Wheat Thins
Some time in the last few years, Wheat Thins dropped the HFCS and became roughly 3,000 times more delicious. Like, problematically delicious. I have to dispense a handful, then walk across the room and put the rest of the box on the shelf far away from my desk.
5. OH GOD WHAT DO I BUY AT THE STORE THIS WAS A STUPID IDEA I’M TOO TIRED FOR THIS. No, wait, I thought of something! A head of lettuce.
I’ve gotten pretty good about having a big salad (with lots of stuff on it) every afternoon. And the locally-grown lettuce out here is SO DELICIOUS.
6. Coke Zero, or – given the price of soda these days – Safeway’s in house brand Refreshe’ knock-off.
Which is surprisingly accurate! I’m honestly not sure if I could tell the difference in a blind taste test.
I really like apples. I have deeply-held opinions about various apple varieties. I try not to talk about apples too much, because I understand it’s one of those things that I care about way more than normal people.
I try to limit myself to only one apple a day. I usually eat them sliced, either sprinkled with salt or with slices of cheddar.
8. A giant brick of Tillamook cheddar cheese
This is one of the joys of living in the Pacific Northwest. Tillamook cheese is THE BEST. And you can buy a two-pound brick for, like, seven bucks! Such affordable protein, and so delicious!
The orange Tillamook Baby Loaf is one of those things I never take for granted. Every time I pick one up at the store I think, “Yay!”
9. Nature Valley Granola Bars
I have heard there are people who don’t eat, never buy, and don’t like Nature Valley Granola Bars. This confuses me. I understand it but I don’t, like, get it. They’re the perfect food!
10. Canned tropical fruit medley
This is just a super-fancy version of fruit cocktail, but not slimy and gross and over-sweetened.
I discovered this stuff way back when I was experimenting with Ambrosia (something my Sims enjoy eating). It has chunks of pineapple, mango, guava, and I don’t know what else. Good stuff. Packed in fruit juice, not sugar syrup. Lots of fiber, and over three servings of fruit per 15-ounce can!
It’s totally delicious, but apparently I’m the only person who eats it, because the cans are always on sale no matter where you go.
* Speaking of stealing books from Kmkat, I need to send you a check for Shear Spirit!