The first thing you will notice about this recipe is that it does not have many ingredients-just a couple scoops of chocolate frozen yogurt, raspberries, blueberries, 1/4 t. of nutmeg, and some milk. Long ingredient lists really overwhelm me. I know that most of the time the ingredients are things that the people already have lying around the house, but seeing the long list just makes me nervous. Now I'm going to break down why these ingredients represent me and I will apologize in advance-there's going to be a lot of puns!
Chocolate frozen yogurt - I absolutely LOVE chocolate! One of my fave desserts is chocolate frozen yogurt with frozen berries on top. I chose frozen yogurt over ice cream, because while I am definitely not a health nut, I do try to make my meals balanced and frozen yogurt is a heathier alternative to ice cream. This translates to my personality-I am currently trying to become more balanced as a person. I follow the twelve steps and go to groups and am working towards becoming more serene, so the frozen yogurt represents my wanting to not be too extreme in life and yet my life has plenty of flavor and is becoming more and more sweet.
Raspberries - These are my favorite fruit. I absolutely love raspberries and everybody in my house knows that if they buy any raspberries, then they better get an extra carton for me, because I will not be able to stop myself! They are also red, which is my favorite color.
1/4 t. Nutmeg - I had never put spices in a smoothie before, but I wish I had! Spice is the adventure in life. It is exciting change, which cannot be avoided. Well, that's partly true. Change cannot be avoided, but one can choose whether to view it as exciting or as something scary. I used to always view change as something scary, but I am trying to change my viewpoint. There were several spices that I could have tried: allspice, pumpkin pie spice, etc., but I chose nutmeg, because I'm a nut! (Sorry, I couldn't resist...) Like I've said many times on this blog, I have schizoaffective disorder and probably generalized anxiety disorder and these disorders are part of who I am. I tried to deny that for many years-I wouldn't take my medicine, I wouldn't get enough sleep, I wouldn't do the things that I need to do in order to manage my illnesses. It has taken me a long time, but I have finally learned that I must mange my illness in order to be the best person that I can be.
Add milk - Milk helps keep us strong and prevents osteoporosis. This is my committement to recovery. I go to many meetings, see a sponsor, a therapist, and participate at my church. I seek out other recovery oriented people. I take my medicine. Occasionally I see a nutritionist. I read positive books. I must do these things to stay healthy. Recovery is not a halfway thing-you are either living in recovery or you are not. This day, this moment, I choose recovery.
Blend all these ingredients together and you've got a beautiful drink! All of my qualities are blended together, you cannot separate my queerness from my sense of adventure or my mental illness from the wholeness I receive from Godde. It is all a part of me and it is all beautiful and delicious!