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Low Spoon Meals

How much energy do you have right now? How much did you have when you woke up?

Common answers to these questions include: “a lot”, “a little,” or the extremely vague “some.”

It is inherently difficult to communicate the amount of energy we as humans feel.

This led to disability activist Christine Miserandino inventing the concept of “spoons” as a way of evaluating one’s energy.

Ms. Miserandino talks about the amount of “spoons” of energy that everyone starts their days with — and how the demands of modern life can deplete those spoons. Further, people with chronic or mental health issues can start with fewer spoons – or expend them more quickly.

Frankly, as you will surely agree, we’ve all felt “low on spoons” (Ms. Miserandino’s term) at the end of the day.

This concept has caught on. Indeed, spoons have become a symbol for people living with chronic illness. Some celebrities have got tattoos of them in recent years

Charlie Davies, proprietor of the Fibro Food Fairy website, explains, “Spoon theory has been really helpful to me personally as it allows me to explain to other people what it’s like living with a chronic health condition, like Fibromyalgia.”

When people are exhausted, it’s hard for them to even think about spending time making dinner. What then? Well, they can spend money getting food delivered, but that’s expensive and can lead to financial stress – which in turn can lead to more feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm. People can instead turn to frozen food – which is often unhealthy – and to junk food . . . and the spiral continues.

Unfortunately, many people have a hard time in life. Chronic illness and depression are all-too real challenges.

“Low spoon” recipes aim to provide healthy meals with minimal effort – and we see them trending in 2020.

Low spoon recipes enable people to make food that is easy, nutritious and affordable. Low spoon recipes are meant to help people with challenges break the negative cycle.

What this means for food bloggers:   You may not choose to make all your future recipes necessitate only a few steps. Indeed, if that’s not your thing, we don’t think you should. However, the “low spoons” concept is an interesting one, and it’s worth keeping this trend in mind.

Further, if quick and easy recipes aren’t exciting to you, you can still give your readers recipes that could tie into this trend. Comfort food recipes could be very popular. People do seek comfort from food – and they seek to share that comfort with others, namely their families.

Another idea: Charlie Davies (of the Fibro Food Fairy website mentioned above) ranks recipes by one-, two-, or three-spoons, depending on how much energy and effort they require. You could categorize your recipes in a similar way.

As Charlie says, “I want my recipes to be as fibro friendly as possible. On some days we may have more capacity than others. By giving each of my recipes a spoon rating based on how much effort they require, fellow spoonies can choose something that is appropriate for them. The spoon rating keeps the required energy in the forefront of my mind when writing my recipes.”

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