As a kid, I was a big fan of chocolate milkshake. I remember how I would always look forward to going home after school so that I could get my tall glass of yummy shake.
As adulthood stepped in, my fondness for milkshake waned gradually as hot and cold coffee drinks began to rule my heart. It was during my stint as a newspaper reporter that my addiction to coffee started. I was fresh out of college then and I noticed that everybody in the office had coffee mugs on their desks which concealed heaps of instant 3-in-1 coffee mix in drawers. Even if I wanted to have my dose of milkshake from a small tumbler, the feeling of embarrassment hampered me.
I thought drinking coffee would make me appear more mature, responsible and capable of handling the toughest field assignments. So I started drinking coffee until I eventually let the culture swallow me.
For many years I have been a slave to coffee beverages but when I got into macrobiotic two months ago, I noticed that my addiction to this caffeinated drink just decreased. Instead of getting my usual morning cup, I would opt for a fruit smoothie or combine a fruit with a vegetable.
In the afternoon, I would usually spend my smoothie time with my daughter and husband.
They cannot get enough of the apple-carrot variant, papaya, and cucumber-celery smoothie.
My personal favorite is the cucumber-celery with a dash of ginger. Jon tasted it once and said it’s better than John Smith’s. This remark made me love him even more:)
Fruit and vegetable smoothies apart from my other macrobiotic meals have helped me eradicate the recurring eczema on my right hand . I plan to keep these in my diet forever. Though I still get my occasional cup of coffee, I no longer see it as a staple in my life but a once in a while treat.