This is generally how I feel 80% of the time. I wasn’t always this way. Three years ago I went to Starbucks as a treat every other week or so. The past four months I’ve been getting more than one cup of coffee, daily. In fact, the other day I went to Trader Joe’s and saw their pumpkin flavored coffees and had to wipe the drool off my face. This is when I had to admit to myself that I am an addict.
I’m not too keen on being dependent on any substance. And, I’ve been reading all these articles that say caffeine and alcohol intake may affect IVF cycles, blah blah. I decided that I should try to quit my coffee habit for the next few months at least. Today is day two. I’ve noticed that I’m in a pretty crap mood, but I’m not sure if it’s from the lack of caffeine or the abundance of tooth pain I’ve been having (tmj?). So, because I am a person who loves routine (a.k.a. having tendencies towards addictions), I had to replace coffee with something. I choose herbal tea and morning smoothies. (the problem with exchanging coffee for smoothies is the cleanup is not an even exchange. I just may burn out on this smoothie making business.)
Here are the winners so far:
1. Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend Herbal Tea Let’s just say apple, cinnamon, and hibiscus = warming goodness. Plus there’s a fox on the box.
2. Pumpkin Smoothies There are a few great recipes out there. There’s a Superfood Pumpkin Smoothie from Little Leopard Blog, and a plain ole Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Fannetastic Food. I sorta made a blend between these two recipes. It was pretty yummy.
I also tried making a green smoothie that had cucumbers, ginger, coconut water, green apples, and spinach. I loved the flavor, but the consistency was a bit weird. In fact, S refused to drink it (he is neither a fan of ginger nor gritty drinks you must chew). I gotta figure that out.
So, that’s my latest. Exciting, I know. Check back in about a week, and I’ll let you know if this addiction stuck.