I Like to Think

by Holly on April 10, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,fun finds,giving back

I like to think I am a gal who lives by her morals + values.

Passed on from the wonderful Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian, I like to think these include honesty, trustworthiness, humor, hard work, kindness and a belief in the innate goodness of people.

Now, that is not to say I have never told a lie, broken a promise, sulked around all day in a bad mood, been extremely lazy, made fun of someone for wearing hideously bad fashion or doubted whether the horribly rude lady who yelled at me on the phone last week had any redeeming human qualities.

She didn’t, for the record.

As long as the number of days I live by my morals + values outweigh the days I don’t, I like to think I’m doing okay. None of us are perfect. Let’s be real, if we were, Earth would be a really boring place to live.

I value eating breakfast every morning. In fact, if I didn’t eat breakfast, all humor and kindness would cease to exist in my everyday life.  I like to think I do a great job of making that happen every single morning – more for the sake of my co-workers than me.

1 cup organic skim milk
1 large frozen banana
1 T cocoa powder
2 T vanilla brown rice protein powder
2 T creamy PB
1/4 cup Not Sweet Vanilla Galaxy Granola

I like to think there is a direct connection between the food I eat and my corresponding productivity throughout the day.  You know how Stacy + Clinton always say “Look good, feel good?”  Well, yours truly likes to think, “Eat good, feel good.” I value high-quality, nutritious food that makes me feel my best.

And a large Roasted Veggie Salad is guaranteed to make that happen…

That would be two handfuls of mixed greens, caramelized onions and roasted sweet potatoes + cabbage lovingly doused in a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar…

Trust me, I was feeling GREAT after that salad.

I fervently try and support local whenever I can. Although I do like me some Starbucks or apples shipped in from New Zealand now and again, I do my best to follow my morals and support the local people around me.  That includes local, fair trade coffee + chocolate hazelnut biscotti

Because if your local coffee shop provides free wireless, good coffee and a delicious dessert, I like to think, why NOT go there?

Luckily, I live in a city with like-minded people who also appreciate supporting local businesses, growers and families making healthy and delicious food.  I like to think it’s my job to support them in doing that.

A farmer’s market breakfast featuring locally-grown, organically-raised food? Umm…yes please!

Apparently, there are MANY like-minded people who hold this value dear to their hearts…

…as well as a team of dedicated kitchen folk ready to whip up breakfast for the organic-minded masses!

Lately, I’ve been eating more meat than usual. I’m not going to lie…I’ve liked it.  Because when you have a homemade corn tortilla breakfast taco filled with locally-raised + hormone-free chicken, organic black beans and salsa verde, you don’t ask questions.  You just devour.

There are no words to describe this deliciousness before you…

And yes, the lavender cookie + apple cider made quite a lovely dessert.

If I didn’t convince you how amazing this was, I like to think the phrase,“The proof is in the pudding,” is quite fitting for this picture:

Now THAT’S living by your morals and values.

Another value instilled in me from Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian is the importance of giving back. Growing up, I’ve been extremely fortunate to have always had food on my table, a roof over my head and a loving family who reads my blog even though I embarrass them on the World Wide Web.

However, not everyone is as lucky as I.

In January, the island nation of Haiti was hit with a massive earthquake which killed more than 200,000 people and left its capital, Port-au-Prince, in shambles.  Even though the support and relief efforts have been extraordinary, there is still much to be done.

And thanks to wonderful organizations like Madison Meals for Haiti, the country is continuing to get much-needed help almost four months after the earthquake first hit.

So, after breakfast, my friend Ilsa + I donned our hair nets and readied ourselves to join in…


Unfortunately, Ilsa was far more skilled at the whole hair net thing…

…but I like to think I eventually figured it out.

Madison Meals for Haiti’s goal is to pack more than 500,000 meals in three days to be delivered to Haitian orphanages and others in need.  Do I sense a challenge coming on here?

Bring it.

I like to think hundreds of other people felt that exact same way…

We spent 90 minutes boxing up pre-packaged meals of rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy protein + powdered vitamins to be delivered to Haiti. Working in teams of eight people, we packaged 8 boxes of about 215 meals (1,720 meals total!!!) in one hour and 10 minutes. The best part? There were people of ALL ages there.  Young, old, families, individuals – everyone was there solely to donate their time (and money, if they so chose).

Here is a box of food filled up and ready to go…

The whole event was INCREDIBLY well-organized, and it was great to see so many people contributing to such a worthy, needed cause.  If you would like to find out more about this organization and how you can help, please visit Madison Meals for Haiti for more information.

Trust me, your morals + values will thank you.

With that, Ilsa + I parted ways (to be reunited later tonight, no worries)…

Ummm…who am I to be making fun of others for hideously bad fashion? I like to think homegirl has got it together, but that hair net really isn’t doing much for me. Clearly, my morals + values like to relax on the weekend too.

At least that’s what I like to think.