Spring into Smoothies

Oh, how do I love you, smoothies. Let me count the ways.Pink Coconuts Smoothie

I love that I pack in nutrition even on picky eating days.
I love the pretty colors of the yummy fruit and greens.
And, that my family slurps them down while staying nice n’ lean.
I love how my son wants to press the blender button.
And, how even when I have two smoothies I don’t feel like a glutton.

(A riff off a favorite book in our family “How do I love you?” by Marion Dane Bauer)

As you can tell, the smell of spring peaking through the snow always gets me in a silly mood.

But, I couldn’t resist the rhyme after such a big week of smoothie making. Last week, I had a fabulous time blending up some new smoothie recipes for the Ultimate Mom’s Night Out event by Mommybites Boston.

Zico premium coconut water was a fabulous partner who sponsored all the healthy ingredients!

Today, I’m share my new smoothie recipes for your delight!

Pink Coconuts

Ingredients:

1 C coconut water plain
6 frozen strawberries
1 banana
2 Tbs. coconut cream
2 Tbs. shelled hemp seed
1/4 tsp. probiotic powder (optional)

Directions:

Blend coconut water, coconut cream + hemp seed well.
Add fruit and blend until smooth.

Green Cocolada

Ingredients:

1 C coconut water plain
2/3 C pineapple
1/3 C baby kale, packed well
2 Tbs. coconut cream
2 Tbs. shelled hemp seed
1/4 banana
1/4 tsp. probiotic powder (optional)

Directions:

Blend coconut water, coconut cream, baby kale + hemp seed well.
Add fruit and blend until smooth.

I’d love to hear your tips for making yummy, nutritious smoothies! Tell me what modifications or recipes you make for your family.

Unhealthy ingredients in your “healthy” convenience foods

Okay – I’m kind of a lunatic when I find a new REAL food that comes in a package (a.k.a. convenience for a busy mama). Last week at the grocery store, I discovered So Delicious pulled the carrageenan out of their coconut milk. Yahoo!!! You should have seen me. I literally screamed at the top of my frickin’ lungs and catapulted into the air!! It was like I won the dang lottery or something.mommies jumping wild

The thing is I did win the lottery. The MOMMY lottery.

Buying coconut milk in the refrigerated section that’s already mixed will save my butt ~10 minutes+ each week. That’s 8+ hours a year that I won’t be opening cans, mixing coconut cream with separated coconut water to make milk. Hells yeah, I’ll take it.

It’s nice to find REAL foods that come in package because let’s face it: I can’t make everything we eat from scratch. Since I do need to rely on packaged foods sometimes, it just boils my blood when I read the ridiculously long ingredient labels that are laden with so called “natural” or “organic” additives.

Junky, FAKE ingredients lurk in food products marketed as “healthy” and good for your family. 

ingredient label with junky stuff

This situation is rampant. You can read about the sneaky unhealthy ingredients in our “healthy” packaged foods in my latest post on the get REAL for kids blog.

Before you learn more about these sneaky ingredients, promise me you won’t get overwhelmed! Instead, join me next week for some simple yet practical tips on how to slowly get the junk out of your pantry. It’s a process, mama, and it took me years.

I’d love to know which “healthy” packaged foods you’ve taken out of your pantry so far? Which ones still lurk? Let’s share our experiences in the comments.

What’s lurking in your pantry?

mom cringingDo you cringe thinking about the ingredients in your family’s favorite packaged foods?

With all the gory ingredients that food sleuths like Food Babe and Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food are uncovering, it’s hard not to wonder what’s lurking in your pantry?

Yet, we’re all guilty of convincing ourselves “everything in moderation”, right?

Weeelll, moderation simply goes down the tubes when it comes to kids and busy lives.  It may start with goldfish for snack at a friend’s house and then suddenly organic boxed mac and cheese and chicken nuggets makes its way onto the weekly meal plan. Sound familiar?

I know you want your babies to grow up healthy, smart and strong. REAL food is the key. Food fuels your kids’ bodies and creates the cells that make up their little brains, hearts, bones and muscles. That’s why, NOW is the time for us to stop ignoring the pang in our stomachs that ache every time we pack a school lunch or fill up the grocery cart.

Let’s tackle that pantry. Let’s start the process of dejunking what your kids are filling up on.

The first goal in this journey is learning three simple steps to deciphering what’s in those packages. It’s a quick read that I shared this week over at the get REAL for kids blog.

Check out the blog post. Then, come back to tell me which ingredients you’ve found lurking in your pantry? This week, I found some zinc oxide. Sounds harmless but is it really?