Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ultra-Healthy Smoothies for Oblivious Kids aka "The Groovy Smoothie"

In case you are not on the preschool TV up-and-up, there is a little show on Nick Jr. called "The Fresh Beat Band." The peppy, colorfully dressed singing actors on the show enjoy grabbing a snack and some impromptu a Capella at a little joint called "The Groovy Smoothie." So that is what we started calling smoothies at our house, and at least twice a week the man cub and I enjoy a groovy smoothie packed with fruit and veggie and dairy nutrition. And he is oblivious to all of the above. All he knows is that they are yummy and the blender is noisy. And the man cub loves yummies and noise!

What follows is a loose recipe for a groovy smoothie a la MommyJustine. This can be tweaked and changed based on your taste and what you have in the fridge.

In your blender combine:

-approx 1/3 cup skim milk
-approx 1/4 cup yogurt (we use Greek)
-1/2 banana (overripe is awesome)
-whatever other fruit you have, up to 1 cup (smoothie pictured has orange slices and blackberries)
-1 handful baby spinach leaves (this makes it extra groovy and adds no weird flavor
-about 5 ice cubes

Blend, adding more ice or milk as needed to achieve desired consistency.

    Now share with your child, who will be blissfully unaware that he/she is eating so many nutritious ingredients! Don't forget to get excited about making and drinking them, a little enthusiasm goes a long way in encouraging kiddos to try something new!
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Friday, April 27, 2012

And so, she blogs....

I don't exactly know what I intend to get from this, or give through this, or even exactly what I am doing. The truth is, I have just had the idea for a reality show about REAL housewives for years, ever since the first "Real Housewives of Orange County" episode aired. Being that I do not own a television network, nor do I have contacts that do, I shifted the idea to the idea for a blog. Which I have been thinking about for awhile now. Of course, I know nothing about blogging. And the blogs I myself frequent are so shiny and pretty and aesthetically pleasing. So when I went through the surprisingly simple process of creating a blog, imagine my surprise when the end result was not the shabby chic, colorful, eye-catching blog of my dreams. Alas, I will learn. And grow. And change. And maybe share a little something with someone about:

-My everyday happenings and the hilariousness of my real life
-Artsy craftiness
-Cooking deliciously for a family
-Budgeting and frugality
-Imperfect parenting of imperfect children
-and of course, my faith, the thread that carries through everything that I do.

The blog of my dreams has hundreds [thousands!] of followers, exudes witty catchphrases and inspires fantastic cooking, crafting and living......yeah, we'll see!