Not my Ordinary Breakfast

It was a Wednesday, and on Wednesday morning I usually make myself a protein shake for breakfast – I always make a little extra for Hero Husband to help keep him fit, and give him a little boost in his day.  On this particular Wednesday I was especially motivated to make my shake as energy packed as possible because I was sending Hero Husband off to Royal Family Kids Camp.  He serves as a counselor at this terrific camp for foster kids.


So I add my usual unsweetened vanilla almond milk, protein powder, and chia seeds.  To amp up this shake, I added a banana and my special, energy- packed surprise – the rest of the moringa leaves I had in the freezer.  I picked these up at a Farmer’s Market and they are vitamin packed.  Now, they were in the freezer for a bit so they were covered with ice crystals.  “Hmmm, I wonder if they’re still good?”


I convinced myself they were just fine, and that the ice crystals would just help chill the drink.   Since there wasn’t much in the package, I just dumped in all the contents, and pushed the start button on my blender.  I poured my yummy beverage into my tall glass, added a straw, and some into Keith’s small glass, no straw.  We were set.


I sat down in my morning chair, grabbed my iPad, turned to my morning devotional, and took a nice long draw on my straw.   Whoa…what is this weird sensation in my mouth, tingle – no burning – was there something wrong with mixing moringa leaves with a banana? …no wait…I recognize this taste!  Oh, no, those weren’t the moringa leaves, I poured in the package of diced jalapenos!!!  My throat and my stomach were on fire.   Now, let me tell you, THAT was “a step out of my circle of expectation”!!


Keith comes to see what the commotion is all about and I proclaim “DO NOT DRINK THAT SHAKE”! I quickly explain what I had done, and what does he do?  He takes a sip!  He knows what’s in it, and he still TAKES A SIP!  He shouts “GOOD GRIEF THAT’S AWFUL”!


Ya think?  I warned you!!!  Call me crazy, but Adam and Eve flashed thru my mind.


Life, our own conscience, and most importantly, the Word of God presents us with all sorts of warnings. We’re all guilty of ignoring them from time to time.  Lesson for the week:  Warnings have merit.  An element of danger always precedes a warning – something happened to someone, somewhere that caused someone to say “be careful here”.  It only makes sense that we would be wise to heed them.


…it could save us from a lot of unnecessary “burning”.


-Lori Klickman

3 thoughts on “Not my Ordinary Breakfast

  1. Love this! Zoomed me right back to my early days playing dress up with the neighbor girls. We’d hang sheets on the fence and those were our houses/dressing rooms before the big fashion show. Those same girls also honed my acting skills when we played nurse/doctor and trauma scenes. I was the best at crying and/or pretending I was dead. I can still do those very well! I had a neighbor, Rita, who was a wonderful artist. At age 10-12 she drew all our paper dolls and their wardrobes. I was in awe of Rita’s talent. We had glamorous dolls and clothes. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

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  3. I’m laughing having just read this. It too have a Hero Husband (love that description), he too ignores my loud DO NOT EAT that warnings. I though, now expect this, and wait, bated breath, chuckling inside for the reactions.. they are always worth having. Warnings are for some people like a red rag to a bull. Suggest its not a good idea and in they go anyway. Great blog. x

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