Ten or Fewer

Last month’s Gourmet magazine reports that “one in five Americans live on a diet of ten foods or fewer. Among the most common choices? French fries, fried chicken, chocolate chip cookies, and Kraft macaroni and cheese.”

Hmm. I was a little surprised at first — ten foods or fewer! — but when it comes down to it, I don’t really have that many more in my weekly repertoire: pasta, almonds, broccoli, yogurt, milk, homemade granola, spinach/kale/chard (I’ll count that as one), fresh fruit, bread, chocolate. I definitely eat other things in a week — burritos, stir fried vegetables with tofu, cheese, tomatoes, white beans — but if I had to narrow it down to ten foods to subsist on, well, I think that’s my ten.

What’s your ten?


  1. Violeta says:

    I’m having a hard time with this…I think we’re still caught up in cooking lots of different dishes for the kids to try. But, my ten would be: pasta, couscous, rice, cheese, tomatoes, eggplant, peas, beans- black beans or pintos, chicken, salmon or tuna. (and unlimited spices, please!). 🙂

    I think before we were together Todd was amongst the “one in five.” He’s not there any longer!

  2. I would have to say rice, potatoes, corn (I can’t eat wheat so those are in all pasta, baked goods & breads) tomatoes, dairy, broccoli, apples, peanut butter, ground beef, chocolate.

    I eat a lot more different kinds of veggies, fruit and meat but to fit it into ten I have to chose my most frequent. I think I could survive on the above list. With coffee, of course 🙂

  3. Malaney/Lau says:

    I could subsist on the following 10 if I had to: fresh fruit, milk, bread, Marmite, cheese, turkey (sliced and ground), yogurt, salad greens, pasta, canned tomatoes and chocolate. Okay, that’s 11. We can call Marmite a condiment. Really I also need: Joe’s Os, oatmeal, crackers, beets, dark green leafy veggies, broccoli, zucchini, onion, garlic, beans (black, white, garbanzo), almonds and black tea. And three neighborhood restaurants: Peasant Pies (savory pies), Gordo’s (burritos) and Arizmendi (pizza).

    I’d like to see how many foods make up the typical Gourmet reader’s diet!

  4. Magpie says:

    Does “vegetables” count as one? I think I have 10 different vegetables in my fridge right now! This is impossible.