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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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Simple Turkey Roll-Ups

1 Oct

I made chili the other night, and my kids are finicky.  One night they at the chili and loved it, well the other night they didn’t like it.  I found a recipe online for these, and was going to make them for lunches, we had left over chili tonight  so I tried them out.  My middle son who is soon to be 7 loved them, my 11 yr. old daughter ate them and my 3 yr old son demanded peanut butter and jelly as usual.  If it is chinese food, it has to be peanut butter and jelly.   I thought they were good.

bento 6.9.10

bento 6.9.10 (Photo credit: mamichan)

Simple Turkey Roll-Ups

  • flour tortillas
  • turkey sandwich meat
  • cream cheese spread
  • spinach

Spread tortillas with cream cheese, layer turkey and spinach on tortilla, and roll up.  Cut into spirals and enjoy!

I just can’t wait to find something all of them devour.

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.

Healthier Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin

2 Oct

Healthier Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin

2 Oct

What kid doesn’t like chocolate cake?  Ok, there are a few exceptions.  This is a cake you can make them and not feel as guilty.  It is so easy, just two ingredients.  Yes! You heard right just two ingredients and here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box any flavor chocolate cake mix
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin – I actually use two cans and a 2-cup liquid measuring cup and scoop out 16 oz.

All you do is mix the cake mix and the pumpkin together, spread mix into a greased and floured cake pan, follow the directions on the cake mix for oven temperature and bake time.  I like to use Pam for baking, much easier and  I don’t have to get my hands all greasy.

This cake is very moist, it doesn’t raise as high as a regular cake but my kids love it.  It is also low fat and has all the added benefits of pure pumpkin.  1 can Libby’s Pumpkin is as follows.

  • Vitamin A: 300%
  • Vitamin C: 2%
  • Calcium: 2%
  • Iron 4%

I followed this last time with cream cheese frosting, but you don’t even really need frosting.  My kids will eat it either way.  The best part is it doesn’t taste like it is low-fat!

Puppy Chow

27 Mar

I know this is not a new recipe, or necessarily a healthy one, but most kids will love this. The first time I made this, my husband had never heard of it. My mother-in-law makes kind of an opposite version of this called “White Trash”, and it is also very good. I will have to get that recipe from her and post it.

Pour cereal into large bowl.  Set aside.  Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in microwave.  Stir until smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour chocolate mixture over cereal, stirring until all pieces are evenly coated.  Pour mixture into a large resealable bag with powdered sugar.  Seal securely and shake until all pieces are well coated.

 

This makes a great party mix.