Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Ok, the last blog entry, I wrote about celery and it's nutritional information. Then I went to the grocery store and bought a bunch of celery.
One of my goals is to eat more at home, eat more fresh fruits and veggies, and I've been finding that a Cooking for One Cookbook really has helped me. I have been fixing some things and freezing them, only part of dishes, like the chicken or the hamburger, so that I can take the protein out of the freezer already cooked and add it to other dishes. I'm also learning to cook with spices and garlic and onions and I'm finding that the flavorings is helping me. Then I found the challenge this week on fiber in the diet. And actually, I have not paid attention to how much fiber is recommended for me. I should add that the Sparks nutrition guide for me is very close to what is recommended for my fiber intake. So I'm curious about how much fiber in certain foods. I am also interested in wasting less food that I bring home.
Well, bringing the celery home reminded me of a kid chore that me or my sisters had to do when mom brought the weekly groceries from the store. And that was to clean the celery, cut it into serving size pieces, and put it into a (now) antique glass rectangle container with a lid. It was the size of a Velveeta cheese container. After the celery was cleaned, it was stored in the glass jar and remained in the refrigerator until the celery was all gone for the week. Mom used some of the celery for cooking, and each of the family members reached for the celery when we opened the refrigerator door to see what other good things were in there that we could snack on. Celery is an add to the flavorings of food but it can also be eaten independently.
I also wanted to know how many grams of celery equaled one day's worth of fiber. Will I eat it that way? Not intentionally, but I am trying to give myself options.
As I prepared the celerly, I was glad that I would no longer have the bunch of celery half gone. I ended up putting the daily amount of 6.6 grams into one baggie and four baggies into my own plastic container so that it would sit nicely in my refrig. It would be a lot of celery to eat in one day, but I did use it to snack on, and to put into some of my foods.
I am realizing that sometimes, I don't understand the recommended amounts of foods in the recommended amounts of grams, and sometimes I make premature judgements about whether or not I will eat them.
I am realizing that as far as food prep goes, it's a lot easier to have the celery prepped and in baggies to handle easily.