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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

bananas

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!

 

Heavenly Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

28 Nov

Wow!  I was just checking out my blog, when I saw this post – not posted!  It is called Mommy Alzheimers.  I purposely put this off to take a picture of these after I baked them and guess what…I don’t think I took the picture.  Oh well, here is the recipe – my kids loved these.

When I was young I would walk into the house after school and smell the wonderful creations my mom had baked for us earlier that day.  It was always fun to go home, sometimes we would get cake, others cookies – two of my favorites to this day are snickerdoodles and the chocolate cookies she would bake.  Our house always smelled tremendous!  At least that is how I remember it.  Now that I am a stay-at-home mom, I would like to give my children the same memories.  Today I found a recipe for pumpkin muffins, they smell amazing!  Here is the recipe, it is actually from Libby’s, though I added a little vanilla.

Heavenly Pumpkin Muffins

  • 3 – cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 – tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 – cups granulated sugar
  • 1 – 15 ounce can Libby’s Pure Pumpkin
  • 4 – large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Paper-line or grease 30 muffin cups.

COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil, vanilla and juice in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture; stir just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 3/4 full.

BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store muffins in covered container.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 – 8 oz. pkg cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 sticks of butter (softened)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low-speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.

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.

Refrigerator Caramel French Toast

11 Aug

This is what’s for breakfast tomorrow.  I know all the sugar isn’t necessarily healthy, but the weekend before school starts I think my kids deserve a treat.

Ingredients:                               

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 12 slices Texas Toast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Bring brown sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat in small saucepan, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Pour into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish.  Top with six slices of bread.  Combine sugar and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon; sprinkle half over the bread.  Place the remaining bread on top, sprinkle with remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture, set aside.  In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining cinnamon.  Pour over bread.  Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.  Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Cover and bake an additional 5 minutes.

 

Zucchini Pancakes

26 Jan
Different types of zucchuni

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When a kid sees a zucchini, they are most likely going to refuse to eat one, especially my daughter.  Funny thing is, when Grandma makes zucchini bread, you would think it was chocolate.  She devours it, it is like she has no recollection of what “zucchini” is.  We have made chocolate cake with zucchini in it, and it is probably one of the best chocolate cakes I have eaten.  Dense and moist. Now I have a son who will eat raw zucchini as long as he has ranch dip to dunk it in.   Zucchini is also loaded with Vitamin C.

Put the zucchini in blender, pour buttermilk over the zucchini to fill to the 2-cup line.  Blend.  Add the eggs and blend.

Add:

  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 T. oil
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Blend well.  Pour on greased, hot griddle and fry.  Serve with butter, syrup and to make your kids day ice cream!

One of my favorite comfort foods is chocolate Malt-O-Meal with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on top.  My husband thinks it is wrong to even think about serving  ice-cream for breakfast.  I look at it this way, it is basically the same as sugar and milk, plus it cools the hot cereal down faster.  Granted the ice-cream isn’t the most healthy option, but it is fun!  Kids need to know Mom and Dad aren’t always  nutrition police.  I will add a picture next time I make them.