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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!

 

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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.

Super Easy Fruit Dip!

9 Aug
A strawberry

A strawberry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a simple recipe for fruit dip.  I am sure most of you have made this, but I realized not everyone has heard of it.  I had a friend over this past weekend, and made this for the kids, she had never had it.  I usually serve it with fresh strawberries and pineapple.  It is so easy there are only two ingredients!

Fruit Dip

  • 1 – 8 oz. block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (any brand will do)

  • about half of a large jar of Marshmallow cream

    You pull out a large bowl, make sure you have softened the cream cheese.  You put the cream cheese and about half the jar of marshmallow cream in the bowl.  Mix with a mixer until creamy.  Enjoy!

    You can add more or less of the marshmallow cream, just play around until you find what you like.  Kids will devour this, in fact I usually have to ration it, or they will just eat the dip and no fruit.  Who can blame them, when they aren’t looking I do the same thing.

Sherbet Punch

22 Jun

My daughter is having a birthday party this weekend, and I have been looking for a really good punch recipe.  My husband’s cousin made this punch over Christmas and my daughter loved it.  It had Orange Sherbet in it.  I have looked all over the internet for Sherbet Punch and have found so many variations, I decided to make my own up and post another one from my mom’s church, I believe  it was used at my baby shower.  Here is the one I am going to make for her party, it will be very refreshing and simple.  I have found the simpler, the better, most of the time with kids.

  • 1 – 2 liter bottle of 7-up
  • 1 – 2 liter bottle of ginger ale
  • 2 – cups pineapple juice
  • 1 – gallon rainbow sherbet (you can use any flavor)

Pour pineapple juice and orange juice together in bowl, add about 1/2 of the sherbet in small to medium scoops.  Pour in the 7-Up and enjoy, just add more sherbet as needed.

This will be a nice refreshing summer drink, and best of all caffeine free!  We are having a sleepover, and I would like them to go to sleep eventually.  Below is the recipe used for occasions in my mother’s church.

Esther’s Wedding Punch

  • 1 (12 oz.) can frozen orange juice
  • 1 (12 oz.) can frozen pink lemonade
  • 1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale
  • 1/2 gal. rainbow sherbet

Mix juice with 5 cans of water and put in punch bowl.  Add about 2/3 of the sherbet in small scoops and pour in ginger ale.  Serve with flavored ice ring (strawberry).

Blueberry & Banana Shake

24 Jan
Blueberry

Image via Wikipedia

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.

 

Applesauce

23 Jan
Fuji apples

Image via Wikipedia

We all love applesauce, so here is a recipe I found on Allrecipes.com.  I have 3 kids who love applesauce, so I am going to make this and see what they think.  Home-made is always better, yet, I have a daughter who loves Tuna Helper (I don’t know why).  I decided I would make homemade Tuna Casserole, she hated it.  I am hoping since applesauce is sweet, I will have better results.  I have adjusted the recipe to make 8 servings.

Ingredients

  • 8 apples – peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.
Nutritional Information
Applesauce

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 121

  • Total Fat: 0.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 3mg
  • Total Carbs: 31.8g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.5g
  • Protein: 0.4g