A North Carolina couple are putting together a cookbook featuring 25 of their own emoji-themed recipes. The couple got the idea after trying a month-long diet where they only ate foods that were represented by emojis in their phones.

There are all sorts of unusual diet fads and trends.

But a couple in the Charlotte area of North Carolina may have discovered the most unique yet, turning to emojis for their nutritional needs.

Rae Steinberg and her boyfriend are putting together a cookbook featuring 25 of their own recipes.

“Doing a lot of fun stuff, you know?” Steinberg said. “And kind of experimenting with pretty simple ingredients that everybody has.”

But their options are limited by restrictions found on a mobile phone. Steinberg asked, “What if I only ate emojis for a week?”

A text conversation from back in March is where Steinberg’s idea sparked not a week, but month-long emoji diet.

“We both kept food journals and documented everything,” Steinberg said.

By the end, Steinberg had the list memorized.

“I’ve been eating nothing but emojis for like, 25 days now, do you think I missed one?”

But at the beginning, she realized how limited her choices were.

“There were definitely days where I ate nothing but green apples and coffee,” Steinberg said.

So they started combining emojis to form unique recipes.

“These are actually roasted cantaloupe seeds that we had salted with salt we extracted from the ocean,” Steinberg said. “Because there’s an ocean emoji but not a salt emoji.”

Obviously the couple didn’t cut any corners with their special diet.

“Yeah, we got really into it for sure,” Steinberg said.

Now the couple are forming the book with only about seven recipes to go. After 30 days of controlled eating, there was one thing in particular the two were ready to chow down on.

“We both had just been craving sandwiches,” Steinberg said. “As weird as that sounds.”

Jimmy John’s was the first non-emoji meal. The couple is hoping to have the cookbook completed by the end of the year.

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