Yer-ba Ma-te

March 15, 2007

Journal, Lauren

I’m a sucker for trying things ‘as seen on t.v.’, and last week there was a show called ‘Get Fresh with Sara Snow’ where she was showing all kinds of things you could do to eat better.  The oddest thing was a completely vegan chocolate cake – no eggs, no milk, no butter.  It looked ok, but I don’t think I’d crave it.   She went surfing with the owner of Kashi, and they made a cool-looking rice snack on the beach later, but I’m too cheap to buy all the ingredients for that.

So instead I bought some yerba mate (really pronounced – mah-teh) tea.   The people who are hard-core drinkers of it put it in a gourd with a metal straw to steep, then drink it from that.  It looked like they were drinking drugs!  (They’re not – it’s just tea.)  Anyway, it’s supposed to be energizing without giving people the bad side effects of coffee.  Since I drink SO much coffee at school, I thought I’d give it a try.  (Less jittery.)  The taste is awful – like drinking brewed cigarette butts.  But hey – put enough sugar in it and I’ll drink anything.

Tea?  Perhaps not.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “Yer-ba Ma-te”

  1. Peggy Said on:

    Next time go for the cake … and you should know by now that if it’s really healthy, it tastes like crap … otherwise the whole nation would be fitness poster models …


  2. Lauren Said on:

    Yes, but SUGARY crap for me! 🙂


  3. Brad Said on:

    You should make tea out of those weeds that grow in the ditches out there in Nebraska. I bet that would give you energy. And the munchies.


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