The express line cashiers at the Whole Foods I work at are placed right near one of the busy entrances to the store. This means that every time the automatic door opens- which is quite frequently- they’re exposed to whatever the weather conditions are outside. Unfortunately, we’ve had a terrible winter and subsequently, they are constantly freezing. And there is only so much space heaters and layers can do.
When I was buying some siggis the other day, I said something along the lines of I don’t know how you guys do it- you are total rock stars for standing here in the cold. I wouldn’t be able to handle it- thank you so much. To which the cashier responded, hey- seasons are a state of mind. The cold is all in your head- you just gotta make life be whatever season you want it to be. And while I disagree with his beliefs (I’m sorry, but it’s freezing and there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it), I appreciated his positive attitude and simply admired the fact that he could think that way in the first place. I smiled and walked away with my yogurt.
His words stuck with me for the rest of the day and I thought a lot about what he said. Maybe that is that attitude to have? Have I just been too grumpy and impatient and annoyed with the weather? Should I just be making the best of things and pretending that it’s nicer outside then it really is? Can I find a way to channel warmer weather and stop being so negative? Am I wasting my time being all uptight and bitter about winter?
While I don’t think its possible to erase the fact that it’s winter and cold completely, I can at least try to focus on a new season and be positive, right? Right.
And what better way than through food.
I already told you guys that I have been craving berries like WOAH. I need a good dose of blueberries or strawberries every single day. Seriously. And if fresh berries don’t scream warm weather- I don’t know what does.
Another big thing has been iced coffee. I will argue that ice coffee is a year round thing (I’m in a New England state of mind) BUT it obviously is much more appropriate when we’re not experiencing record low temps outside. But man- iced coffee with some vanilla almond milk? It’s been my jam.
I have been craving burgers BIG TIME.
Burgers = summer. And I go through waves of wanting them.
In the past week I’ve made these buffalo turkey burgers…
and these bbq turkey burgers.
Continuing on the BBQ train, I proceeded to make this blueberry bbq salmon. Another thing that totally equals summer? Barbecue. I had to cook the salmon indoors on my stove top butttt it’s fine. There were blueberries involved. I was happy.
And while chicken wings aren’t really a warm weather food- they’re more of a fall time football food- I made these hot honey lime wings recently and YES. Just yes. I think all the limes and the roasted potato wedges I had on the side made me think of warmer weather. Plus, I really fell in love with green onions when I was in Russia this past summer so they will kind of always remind me of that wonderful place and time of year. Eating a hand pie stuffed with egg and green onions at a monastery in the middle of summer- totally normal life activities.
Citrus is technically a winter fruit. I guess. BUT these blood orange margaritas that I made for Will and I on Saturday night took me away to some type of tropical location. I don’t point to the blood oranges- I point to the lime and the tequila and the ice.
Who knows. Maybe all this warmer weather channeling will actually work. I saw on the news today that Saturday is supposed to be around 55 degrees and partly sunny- perfect for my scheduled long (12 mile) run! So that’s nice! Crossing my fingers nothing changes.
Get here now, sunshine and spring.
Keep it wicked healthy xoxo