We’re trying to be better to our bodies about the things we eat — trying to not stop at a drive-thru for breakfast, trying not to eat heavy restaurant lunches, trying to drink more water during the day, trying to eat more at home at night. We’re also trying to take more walks with the dog and trying to get to bed at reasonable hours. These are all good things.
But sometimes a healthy lunch just doesn’t turn out exactly the way you expected. We decided to skip on sharing a slice of pizza and a salad and go for some fresh fruit and yogurt instead. So we went to Fresh Market. Yes, we know they’re more expensive, but we knew we could get some good fresh fruit there. Thought. That’s the operative word here. First off, the prices were a little shocking even to me. A 16 ounce deli cup of pineapple, berries, and melons was priced at almost $7! Two of those with yogurt and a drink, and we could have eaten cheaper almost anywhere. So instead, we settled for just mixed melon for half the cost. There were flavored Greek yogurts on special for $1 each; not my favorite brand, but not bad either.
And then there was the water. Yes, we could have gotten plain water. Yes, we could have just waited to get water until we got back to work. But there were these nifty no calorie, no sugar added, all natural flavored waters. I will admit that I have a water bias. Fruit juice has water in it. So does iced tea. Lots of water there. I’ve just never been able to drink vast quantities (8 ounces is vast to some of us) of plain water when there are so many things that taste like, well, something. So I was a bad influence. Paul got pear. I chose a true abomination of nature – lemongrass mint vanilla. Really.
So we paid for our lunch and made a picnic in the car. It’s just not melon season yet no matter how much you want it to be. The melon wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t at that perfect peak of melon perfection that makes you smile with every bite. These were all too obviously melons that had been picked too soon so that they could survive a long ride to a store far away. They looked really pretty, though.
The yogurts were ok. They were nice and creamy, but I think I still like plain Greek yogurt with honey better than flavorings. But about those waters…
Paul opened his pear water. It certainly smelled like pears. I tasted it. It didn’t have much flavor to me. So then Paul tasted it. If you’ve ever seen the episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Buffy tries drinking whiskey, it was pretty much just like that. It’s still in the car. My hybrid monstrosity water really wasn’t bad. The mint was most prevalent in the flavor. It still made Paul make a Mr. Yuck face.
So we tried. It wasn’t exactly a failure, but I wouldn’t call it a success either. Maybe next time I can be industrious and make us fruit cups at home. And we’re definitely sticking to good old ordinary tap water from now on.