The longer I am alive in this world, the more I realize that almost every aspect of my life is paradoxical. I wonder if the concept of life is a paradox in and of itself. Maybe everyone, by virtue of living, feels paradoxical.
This post is meant to be sort of funny. I had this realization today that even the foods I eat are filled with paradox. I often try to make unhealthy things healthy, and if I dislike a food, I will reformulate it somehow to make it enjoyable. Here are the paradoxes I consumed today:
1. Herbal Hot Chocolate
I have always had a disdain for hot chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some chocolate, but hot chocolate always seemed to either give me a headache or make me nauseous. Fear not, because I have found a solution. If I combine peppermint tea with instant hot chocolate, I get a minty chocolate drink that satisfies my sweet tooth while supplying me caffeine and the added herbal benefits of peppermint. I usually always go for a second cup of this stuff, it’s so delicious and simple.
3. Autumn Flavoured Banana Snack
One look at this creation made me think of autumn, but then I thought- wait, bananas are definitely not autumnal. This snack combines banana, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a dabble of apple butter, and a spoonful of hazelnut-almond butter. It might look disgusting but it tastes amazing.
2. “Nutritional” Instant Ramen
I recently bought seven packages of veggie instant ramen from the grocery store. Why? Because they were 37 cents each! Instant ramen sort of freaks me out, I always nix the little packet of seasoning and just use the noodles mixed with hot water. Today I wanted to make my soup a little more nutrient-rich so I added de-hydrated garlic and nutritional yeast. (As well, I added Sriracha and hoisin sauce, but those two aren’t so healthy.) That’s a step in the right direction, right?