Loki having a sweet tooth the size of Asia and it’s like his only weakness and it’s just a series where the avengers slowly finding out and are using it to their advantage to bring him on to the team like taming a wild animal ￼
If you’re better at meaning to eat healthy fresh produce than actually doing so, here’s a solution that has worked for me:
Every weekend, I pack up healthy snacks for the week: a vegetable snack, a fruit dessert, and a fruit-and-protein box that I generally have for second breakfast. I do one of each kind for each weekday, and then all I have to do is stick one of each kind in my lunch bag every day before work. (Or, now that I’m WFH, grab them out of the refrigerator.)
This week, I’ve got six different kinds of produce--not necessarily a full serving of each, but that’s definitely at least three servings a day right there.
In the vegetable box, I have carrots, sweet peppers, and little tomatoes. Sometimes I get sugar snap peas or those little cucumbers, depending on price/availability/quality.
This is my standard fruit-and-protein box: grapes, almonds, cheese. I’ll vary the fruit or nuts if something else suitable is on sale. (Back when I was working in-person, I’d usually eat this one in the car on the way there, so it has to be things I can eat one-handed & without making a mess.)
The fruit dessert is the wildcard of the bunch. During the brief portion of the year when local produce is abundant, I’ll do that; the rest of the time, I get whatever Aldi has on sale. They usually have something that I can get a week’s worth in the $2-$3 range.
Cost and food waste: Aldi (at least where I live) usually has decent-quality produce at great prices, and all of this stuff comes in packages that I, a single person, can get through before it spoils, eating it at the rate illustrated. A lot of the stuff will keep for two weeks, and some even more, so I’m not buying all the produce every week.
Time and effort: It took me about 15 minutes to get everything boxed up for this week. At this point, I’ve got the routine down, so I’m not spending any time searching for containers or whatnot; I usually get this done while I’m waiting for something to cook. (Which has the added benefit that I don’t wander away from the kitchen and get distracted, as has been known to happen.) This week’s Fruit of the Week is a pretty easy one; if I’ve got, like, a pineapple to butcher, sometimes I’ll break up “prep fruit” and “prep everything else” into two separate tasks.
Executive function: I keep the containers on a shelf behind the stove; when I see a week’s worth of empty containers sitting there, it’s a visual cue that I have not yet set up my snacks for the coming week. Once I have everything packaged up, I put the containers on the top shelf of the fridge, front and center, so I can’t miss them.
There’s a thing in dog training (which I believe also works for small children and other animals) where you try to set up a situation so that the behavior you want is the easiest and most obvious thing to do. So that’s what we’re doing here: set future-you up for success!