I like low-maintenance food. The following food maintenance issues are powerful deal breakers in how I attribute value to foods: refrigeration requirements, portability, prep, cooking, attention required (i.e. 2 hands, a watchful eye, set-down-able-ness, mess), leftovers, clean-up, not to mention the biggest Food Efficiency question of all: “Is it filling?”
I’ve noticed I use the following formula to choose what to eat:
Food Efficiency = High(Taste + health + fillingness) / Low(maintenance + cost)
In this spirit, here are a few “filling favorites” I’ve been enjoying lately, all with great overall Food Efficiency:
- Peanut butter (overall awesome, watch the fat)
- Hummus (minor refrigeration required)
- Carrots (Full size, skin-on)
- bags tend to be all great or all meh. It’s weird.
- No mess, great for mindless eating; filling, tasty, infinitely portable
- Pairs well with hummus or peanut butter
- Yogurt (love me some daily biotic communities keeping my body machine chugging along, like many little workers in overalls – refrigeration required)
- Kiwis – Delicious: Wash, cut off the 2 ends ahead of time, & eat skin-on; the fuzz is really not as bad as you may think, honestly. Give it a shot.
What else could go on this list?
Cheese, eggs, and grains coming up on Modular Meals – Maximizing Low-Maintenance Fillifying Combos.
~ Inspired by Twitter question from @adamjford on 11/8/10 and meal/conversation with @phsilber on 11/7/10