Monday, October 28, 2013

Mommy Mondays - When All Else Fails, Put it in a SMOOTHIE!

I have said it before, but I am so blessed that my older daughter Lacie is not a picky eater at all (that little Blakely is another story...).  Out of all the things that Lacie eats, she does not like two very healthy foods:

  1. Avocado
  2. Milk
I don't know why she has an aversion to either food, but my solution is to put these items in a smoothie...and it works like a charm!  Kids love smoothies because they get to drink through a straw and it is a "big kid" or an adult type of drink!  Lacie gets super excited when she hears my blender turn on! 

Last week's Mommy Mondays post was about creating a healthier snack!  Homemade smoothies (without added, refined sugar) are a great way to make snack time easy and healthy!  In last week's post, I shared a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!  It is the go-to smoothie that I make to get a nice full cup of milk into little Lacie.  You can find the recipe here, but it is essentially 1 cup milk mixed with 1/2 cup canned pumpkin and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice!  Easy, delicious, and tastes like fall! 

Another great way to get fruits and veggies in is by making a Green Smoothie!  I make them a few times a week, and that is how I get Lacie to eat avocado!  

Lacie's Green Smoothie
  • 1/2 of an avocado, diced (I wrap the other half tightly with saran wrap and use it for the next day's smoothie)
  • 4 large strawberries
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water (depending on desired thickness)
  • ice cubes
Whip It Up: 
  1. Place all ingredients in your blender and puree until smooth!  It's that easy!  
  2. Double or triple to serve all of your kiddos (and yourself too)
She loves drinking out of this "big girl" cup! 

I have to help her tilt the cup when it gets to the bottom so that she doesn't spill it! Yes, she drank that entire travel cup full of green smoothie!  Look at that bright green nutritious color! 

Me and my sweet girl at Sesame Place over the weekend!  

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