And this isn't even including the enormous amount of energy that drains out of me from a lack of good, nutritious food. Sure, it’s not like I need a crazy mound of food to keep me pumping for my oh so very exciting day in front of the computer on my chair all day. But let’s be honest, my stomach grumbles in fierce complaint and my tongue, frustrated, licks around my parched mouth, looking for ANYTHING to nibble on.
When I get home at 8 p.m. (finally--finally!--after thirteen hours of mental numbness), I never fail to be in the grumpiest of moods. Poor Mama Nyam and Papa Nom! They’re the ones who have to deal with me when I could strangle a snappy dragon from my pent-up anger and bitterness. When I lack food in my system to fuel my body, my energy crashes, along with my mood and tolerance.
Sure, it’s the case for a lot of people. But for me especially.
So I am ever so grateful when my mom makes me something full of color and nutritious for dinner. And today was one of these wondrous days. Yahoo!
My family does not eat white rice because it contains zero nutritional value, is not well taken by the body, and does not even taste good! Brown rice (현미) is full of flavor and texture. Not to mention the abundant in protein, calcium, and fiber (only to name a few).
I was so excited that as soon as I came home, I sat down and devoured that big bowl right there. Every bite I took, I closed my eyes and kept saying, “Mmm, mmm, mmm!” It was just that good!
The next day, Mama Nyam made me kimbap (김밥) for lunch! Not to be confused with sushi, which is Japanese. These little rolls of delight are 100% Korean and taste very different from sushi! The two types of rolls are seasoned and cooked (or uncooked) in varying fashions that result in different outcomes, both physically and gastronomically.
The 100% brown rice was so flavorful and chewy, and the crunch of the fresh cucumber added a nice kick. Not to mention, look at that rainbow goodness! I love it when my food is colorful, and so should you. It means that it is full of nutrients and vitamins of all colors.
The moral of the story? Good food and good people can make even the dullest, most exhausting of jobs doable. Hoorah!