Yesterday, I had a simple but strong craving for fresh carrot-apple juice. I pulled 5 carrots and 2 apples from the ‘fridge. Juiced ’em, and chugged. Mmmmm. As I cleaned the juicer, I stared at the bright orange, red and ivory contents. Honestly, the carrot-apple pulp seemed too useful to compost.
It looked like a tasty treat waiting to be made. Whenever I juice, I have thought that about my left-over fruit and veggie fiber. But this time, I actually followed-through. I scooped out the the pulp, tossed it in a bowl…
Stirred in walnuts, shredded coconut, cinnamon, maple syrup, sea salt, cayenne pepper, spring water and flax seeds. (Sorry, I don’t measure! I just mix to taste.)
Spread out over 2 dehydrator trays…
pulled some bars with soft, muffin-like texture, and dried others longer for crunchy-cracker effect.
Voila! Enjoyed Spicy Carrot Bars!
It was satisfying to get +2 uses out of that original desire for juice. (I also had a bonus functional-fantasy about “Carrot Stands” in every Chicago public school that makes fresh carrot juice available in the mornings, and mini carrot-cakes as afternoon snacks. Any CPS collaborators out there?)
Well, all of this circular thinking reminded me of a foundational belief I have, which is that nothing is wasted. Invert that into positive-speak, and you’ve got “everything is useful.” I believe that. I am helped by the idea that all experiences have some inherent value in them. All heartbreak comes with a gift for your soul. Or, perhaps, from your soul. But a gift nonetheless.
Perspective is everything. How do you:
How have you turned pain into a pearl? Or, if you prefer, carrot pulp into snack bars? Domestic or dramatic, I’d love to learn what you do to experience Life’s fullness.
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