The third time i ever got my period I was wearing white pants. Yep. That really happens. That horror story you are imaging in your mind is EXACTLY how it happened. I casually asked to go to the loo, stood up in my WHITE PANTS, walked down to the washroom, without a CLUE that I had bled all the way down to my feet. FUCKING. HELL.
It’s every 10 or 11 year old’s nightmare. Jeez…it’s ANY woman’s nightmare. Bloody white pants.
But something happened then. Something powerful. Suddenly i didn’t give an EFF who knew. There I was…stupid young…and completely free of the inhibitions surrounding menstruation. It was so liberating. I began talking about it to everyone. All the boys. All the girls. I gave advice hahah. “Oh, don’t worry…when you FINALLY get YOUR period, wear this…eat this…” I fit in with my babysitters (who I felt i had more in common with anyway).
I began talking about it at recess. Talking to any teacher that would listen. At the dinner table. I suddenly became known as that girl who would not shut the fuck up about blood, bleeding, menstruating, being “on the rag” as it was oh so affectionately called then.
And in high school… I was the only girl who knew what PMS was. I was the only one who knew anything about my cycle at all. I was on the pill (awful, but also thank god in a way) so I didn’t ovulate. But as soon as i went OFF the pill, I KNEW something was different. And of course…BAM…i was the expert on ovulation. Because goddamn, I was not going to get pregnant.
Yeah… maybe it’s my personality ANYWAY… but i’ve always thanked that bloody-white-pants moment for liberating me.
And I’ll never, ever, ever wore white pants again.
When deciding on a recipe I thought about things that stain white clothes. And of course… other than blood… there are loads of foods that do. Turmeric is the WORST. Beets pretty awful. Tomato sauce is inevitably on me every time I eat it. But then yesterday I wore the CUTEST jumper you ever did see. And without four minutes of wearing it… I had stains on it from the big, plump, sweet, awesome strawberries I was eating and dribbling all over myself.
It happens. But rarely do I think of strawberries as being a natural food dye. THEY ARE.
So in celebration of the delightful season, I give you two spring faves: strawberries and spinach. (And both are good for periods.)
If you’re a strawberry fan, you may also like:
- Strawberry Maple Muffins
- Strawberry Rehydrating Elixir
- Strawberry Rhubarb Smoothie
- Grain-Free Maple Cake with Fresh Berries
Don’t be afraid to take the reigns, be bold, be “bloody well” who you are. Don’t let an embarrassing moment take you out. You are brave and awesome. And…so am I 🙂
Seasonal Spinach Salad with Strawberries
This salad makes a lovely addition to any barbecue, picnic, or stands alone for lunch.
Beware: This salad may stain your white pants. But it’s preferable to bloody white pants (I’m pretty sure).
- 4 cups baby spinach, rinsed, spun dry
- 1/3 cucumber diced into quarter circles
- 1 cup or more fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1/4 cup diced almonds, toasted
- Grilled Herbed Chicken Breast (recipe below)
- Balsamic Dressing (recipe below)
Grilled Herbed Chicken Breast
You may also wish to serve the salad alongside this chicken, instead of popping it in with the greens. This is a great dish for a busy weeknight.
- 1 chicken breast, pounded flat to 1/4 inch
- salt & pepper
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp fresh herbs, minced very fine (basil, tarragon, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme)
- zest of half lemon
- 1 clove garlic, crushed or grated
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- After you’ve pounded the breast flat, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then brush a little dijon on each side.
- Combine minced herbs with lemon zest, garlic, and olive oil into a paste. Press the paste all over the breast. Heat the grill on high.
- Grill 2 or 3 minutes each side. Let it cool a bit before slicing and adding to the salad. If you aren’t adding to salad, eat immediately.
Fig Balsamic Dressing
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2-3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (fig if you can find it)
- 3/4 tsp dijon
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
Keep it simple. Shake in jar before drizzling.