Doesn’t this Chinese broccoli look beautiful?

Do you like grocery shopping? Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. But I do know that I love to eat, and unfortunately groceries do not show up in my house unless I put them there.

I have noticed that if I shop at the same grocery store every single time, go up and down the same aisles, I am always picking up the same items, making the same dishes and using the same fruits and vegetables over and over. I don’t know about you, but if I keep on eating the same thing, the same way, even though I may love it, I usually end up poking around my kitchen just ‘looking for something’ else to nibble on. Does that ever happen to you?

It’s that ‘mindless eating’ and I noticed that if I don’t change up my foods, then that behavior shows up more often than I would like it to. If you notice that you’re having the same tendencies and want to change the outcome, here’s an idea that helped me.

Change where you shop. It sounds simple enough, but I know that we’re all creatures of habit and frequent the same stores. Grocery stores tend to carry different items in different locations and that’s a great place to start. I also love going to outdoor markets – they are a great place for inspiration. There’s always quaint little shops that you could buy fresh fish, colorful and wholesome produce, different varieties of whole grain bread, different cheeses – the possibilities are endless.

Which brings me to the Chinese Broccoli. There’s a Japanese/ Korean grocery market right across a store that I like to shop at. I’ve never gone in, but the other day I suddenly had an urge to explore it. There were all kinds of fresh produce, things that I have never seen before and at great prices (bonus)! I never saw Chinese Broccoli like this before and picked it up (along with other goodies). By the way, I’ll be posting the recipe I made with the Chinese broccoli on Monday – be sure to look for it!

See what happens when you open a new door? Try something new and get creative!

As always, I would love to hear from you!
Where do you find your motivation? Please share your ideas in the comments below!

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