We do try and eat a healthy,well balanced diet. We do try to exercise. We do try to drink sensibly. And we will never stop trying to keep up these good intentions.Indeed after Christmas and its celebrations it is almost a relief to eat more of a rainbow coloured diet than the brown chocolately sort.
We never result to faddy, quick fixes and are far too old to usually fall for gimmicky,quick solitions. I remember the results if the cabbage diet twenty years ago. However,that's old wind!
But this little tin caught my attention.
Super Power Green Organic Matcha Tea from Japan. What a mouthful. A sweet lad told us all about it and we bought a tin. There is no doubt it is expensive but a zip of the brightest green felt a very good idea on those January Days.
I researched it. I emailed a Japanese friend about it. I read the instructions and all sounded pretty good. So we started to think we would take a small scoop full every day as instructed. All fine so far. But, then the dilemma . Taken in hot water as a drink was proven to be vile. Apologies to the Japanese as it plays an important role in their beautiful tea ceremonies. Taken in cold water was no better. So, we waited until we went back to the little place where we bought it. Orange juice is the answer. Of course not too much orange juice as that is acidic and not good for arthritis . Oh! The complexities of life.
Here in Spain in the Springtime the orange groves look like forests of shiny green,with colourful baubles of orange and yellow hanging on every branch. The roadsides are littered with fruit and the markets full of people selling kilos of citrus fruits on their stalls. I could wander around the food markets every day. Selecting produce fresh and tasty.
I absolutely love this plate which I was given a few years ago.
I love it empty.
But, I love it even more as the fruits begin to jostle for their spaces. Grapefruits from our neighbours trees.
Oranges from the market.
Gifts of lemons.
And the sweetest clementines I have ever tasted.
So the dispensing of the effacacious amount of bright green tea becomes a little easier.
Little Pom poms of green waiting for a good whisk.
It resembles the concoctions I used to make in the garden when I was a little girl. Rose petal perfume used to look equally disgusting. But the smell to a seven year old was divine!
So there we have it orange,yellow and Green ....Japanese Matcha Tea.
If you find yourself missing the brown of chocolate too much,try this little trick. It works,lasts forever and scents the house so sweetly !
An orange rolled in Orris Root Powder and studded with cloves . You can prettify it with a ribbon but I keep this one in a little dish and it really does help the house to smell sweet whilst we are away indulging in Christmas festivities.
It waits to remind us to think once again about all the lovely things we are so lucky to be able to choose to eat and drink.