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Bonkers for Bananas Smoothie

1 Feb

With my new attempt at healthier eating, I have also been trying (most times, unsuccessfully) to get my kids to try new things.  My 4-year-old son, loves banana smoothies, and normally I cheat and buy the banana smoothie mix at Wal-Mart.  Well today after I finished with my workout, he asked me for a smoothie, I didn’t have the mix so I had to find a recipe.  I have an app on my phone that has tons of smoothie recipes, the other day I tried one, guess what….he didn’t like it.  Today I tried a different one and it was a hit!  Smoothies are a great way to sneak fresh or frozen fruit into their diet.

Bonkers Banana Smoothie

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bananas (Photo credit: Fernando Stankuns)

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 – cup unsweetened coconut milk (you can use regular milk)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-natural, low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • about 1/2 cup crushed ice (more or less up to you)

In a blender add milk, banana, water, brown sugar, yogurt and ice.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into 4 glasses, serve immediately.

He loved it, and I drank one as a post workout recovery drink.  Apparently bananas do give you an energy boost,because now my son has “Super Suction Ears!”  Boys are so much fun, sometimes.  Hope you enjoy!

 

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Lucky Charms® Raspberry Smoothie Recipe from Betty Crocker

27 Nov

I haven’t posted in a while, I was just looking for Christmas cookie recipes and happened to get side tracked and found this on the Betty Crocker website.  It sounds delicious, and my youngest one loves smoothies.  Since joining  Team Beachbody I have been breaking out the blender every morning to make my Shakeology, so I can just rinse it out and boom a healthier breakfast.  Here is the link to the recipe.  For easy reference I am also going to post the recipe below, you really do need to check out bettycrocker.com there are some really delicious cookie recipes!

Lucky Charms® Raspberry Smoothie Recipe from Betty Crocker.

Ingredients:

Blair's Lucky Charms

Blair’s Lucky Charms (Photo credit: laffy4k)

  • 1 container (6 oz) Yoplait® raspberry or strawberry yogurt (or whichever brand you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup Lucky Charms® cereal
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 banana, sliced

In blender, place ingredients.  Cover; blend on high-speed about 30 seconds or until smooth, stopping blender once to scrape sides.

Pour into 2 glasses.  Serve immediately.
I choose not to put in fat-free milk or yogurt, as according to my sisters nutritionist fat isn’t bad for you in moderation, but most of the sugar substitutes and low-fat or fat-free products aren’t that great.  This is a kids recipe, I don’t like giving my kids sugar substitutes.   For nutritional information regarding the original recipe please click on the recipe link.

Blueberry & Banana Shake

24 Jan
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Here is a recipe that a friend gave me.  I have one son who loves banana smoothies, and he loves blueberries so this may be a winner.  This would be good on a hot summer morning, or anytime of the year.  I could eat blueberries all year long.  This would also make a quick breakfast drink on  the go.

  • 1/4 cup almonds – soaked in water overnight & drained
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup milk – more or less based on thickness preference

 

Put all ingredients into blender, and blend until smooth.  Serve immediately.  Makes 4 servings.

 

Banana Muffins

21 Jan

Here is a recipe for Banana Muffins.  I added about 1 cup of chopped walnuts to mine, as my kids don’t mind nuts.  Of course they were finely chopped, no big chunks.  As a kid, I hated nuts in anything, so my mom hardly ever put nuts in her baked goods.  Here is the first recipe I am posting, as my kids and husband devoured these in one day.  I made them in mini-muffin cups.  This should make approximately 12 muffins, or 48 mini muffins.  Mine did not make 48 mini muffins, but then I filled the cups quite full.  If your kids need a little more fiber in their diet, you can always stir in some Benefiber, I did.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • a little cinnamon ( to taste) I just sprinkled over the top of the batter.
  • 3 large bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth.  Don’t over-stir or the muffins may get dry.  Scoop into muffin pans.
  3. Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.
Nutritional Information –

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 187

  • Total Fat: 5.8g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg
  • Sodium: 275mg
  • Total Carbs: 32.3g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.3g
  • Protein: 2.6g