The Blender That Crushes Everything.

OK, so sometimes being cheap does not pay off.  I bought a cheap $15 blender to make smoothies with for the summer, and it was awful.  My parents could hear me yelling at my blender (which took 10 minutes to blend and did not even chop up all the ice), while my daughter was talking to them on the phone.  They asked her what in the world was going on, and my daughter said, “Oh, that’s just Mom yelling at our terrible blender again.”  Anyway, they recently surprised me with a new blender for my birthday and I LOVE it!!!  I had no idea a better blender would work so well.  It blends things perfectly in seconds!  It’s so funny that a small thing like a good blender could make me so happy, but it does!  They got me a Cuisinart SmartPower 7-Speed Electronic Blender.  It rocks!

I will now be searching for even more great smoothie recipes for the summer.  Here are the ones I’ve been using so far:

1.  Prepackaged Chocolate-Banana Smoothie Packets.  They are very easy to make.  Just mix some ice, skim milk, bananas, and the packet!

2.  The Orange Creamsicle Smoothie.  Here’s how to make it (found the recipe online):

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of orange Tang
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Ice (enough to make desired consistency)

Place everything into a blender, mix till ice is crushed.

 

3.  Broccoli-Blueberry Smoothie.  I’m trying this recipe next, because it’s always good to sneak in the fruits and veggies in for my kids!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of steamed broccoli
  • 1 cup of 100 percent cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup of low-fat plain yogurt

Blend and combine to make 1 smoothie. Add strawberries or blackberries for an additional burst of nutrition.

 

Have fun making smoothies this summer for a nice summertime treat!  Hopefully, you have a blender to use that you love!  Also, usually any fruit, yogurt/milk, ice, and honey combination make yummy smoothies!

* Do you have any smoothie recipes to share?

 

 

 

Kristin Wheeler

Snack Time-savers for Kids (and adults!)

I don’t know about you, but when I pick up my kiddos from school, I have been away from them for a while and I miss them.     They remind me of these sweet little guys…eager for affection, eager to please, eager to cuddle.  I tend to picure them like this….

puppies

 

But sometimes, in reality, their blood sugar is low, they are tired, they are hungry and  they don’t want to do homework. So in reality, they look like this…..

Angry Cat

And I know I must do something; I must do something fast, before we head into total meltdown city, a place I don’t want to go….a place no mom wants to visit for any length of time. (Cue daunting music).

My quick  fix is a power packed snack. Not too many carbs, not too much sugar, not processed; my kids call it the “Ultimate Smoothie.” Now, this smoothie is so easy, but don’t tell them, lest I have to start paying the smoothie place  $5  a pop. Here’s what you need for two of their favorites!

Berry Smoothie

1 Cup frozen fruit (I buy bulk fresh from Costco and freeze small ziplocks)–this can be blueberries, strawberries, rasberries, etc.

1 Cup low-fat Vanilla yogurt

1 Cup of any Nectar or fruit juice (I buy Mango nectar in the Hispanic section of my grocery store)

A drizzle of honey or Agave Syrup, perhaps a bit of ice. Blend and serve!~

Mango/Banana smoothie

1 Cup frozen mango

1 banana

1 cup yogurt, any kind

1 cup ice

1 cup pineapple juice

Drizzle of honey or agave.  Blend and serve!

These are so tasty and so filling that they will have your kids folding laundry and reciting their spelling words in no time! Okay, maybe not quite, but at least you get a “yummy, mama! I love it!”

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