Bananas, Bees, and Breakfast

You ate what for breakfast?

A banana.

That’s it?

Yeah. A banana.

Don’t you think that you should something more substantial than just a banana?

No, I wasn’t hungry.

So you ate just a banana.

Yes. And drank two cups of coffee?

Anything in the coffee?

No, just black.

You wake up in the morning and eat only a banana and drink two cups of coffee. Don’t you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?

I never believed that marketing mantra. But I did eat breakfast. I ate a banana.

Don’t you know that you need protein to stimulate your muscles? A banana doesn’t have protein!

A banana has protein, about 2 percent of what the government tells you that your body needs in a day.

That’s nothing! 

No, that’s something.

What are you having for lunch then? An apple?

I was planning on a salad with baby kale, spinach, a couple of cherry tomatoes, cannellini beans, mustard, and a sweet potato.

What the heck kind of salad is that? Mustard? Do you mean honey mustard dressing?

It is a salad with greens, beans, tomatoes, and regular spicy mustard with no oil. The sweet potato is great with this salad. And just so you know, I don’t eat honey.

Why don’t you eat honey?

I follow a plant-based diet that doesn’t include anything that comes from animal.

But honey comes from a bee?

Yeah, and?

But it isn’t an animal.

Well, bees are animals, don’t you think?

But taking a bee’s honey it isn’t hurting the animal. You ain’t killing a bee to get its honey. Not like when you eat a steak because you have to kill the cow to get its meat.

It comes from a bee. That is why I don’t eat honey. Plus, honey has never been a favorite of mine, though I was in love with Honey Nut Cheerios for a while.

Are you going to eat an apple?

Maybe in the middle of the afternoon. I could eat an orange or a peach.

So what’s for dinner?

Leftovers. I made this really good dish last night that doesn’t have a name. It included brown rice, green peppers, onions, spinach, black beans, a frozen vegetable mixture of zucchini, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower, and a sauce that included tamari, peanut butter and red pepper flakes.

That sounds OK. You should call it “Anthony throws a bunch of stuff in a wok and hopes it tastes good.”

Hey, that sounds like a good recipe title!

But what the heck is tamari?

It’s gluten free soy sauce.

Why not eat normal soy sauce? You’re not allergic to gluten?

I bought it at Whole Foods. It was on sale.

Whole Foods has sales? Whenever I go in there I go broke buying stuff.

It’s not that bad. And now that Amazon owns them, I hope some prices come down. Even better is if they link up their Amazon Fresh grocery program with Whole Foods. That would be great!

Anthony, you’ve lost your mind. Eat a steak.

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