Sometimes you have to let your kids (and your kitchen) get a little messy so your children can cook and actually eat (or drink) some good food! Did you know that most children will eat or at least try something they helped make? I am not the best cook (just ask my husband). However, I do try to include my children in making things in the kitchen. Our favorite things to make together are: smoothies (a list of our favorites are below); healthy no-bake cookies and eggs.
Even though this list is small and very easy, every time my children get asked what they like most about mommy (i.e. Mother’s day projects at school), it is always cooking. “I love mommy because she cooks with me” and “mommy is the best cook” were a few of the phrases on my Mother’s Day cards and art projects. I firmly believe it is because they are included in the process-not that it is a difficult one.
I started drinking smoothies a while ago after stumbling upon several yummy recipes on my favorite blogs. My children started drinking the smoothies, too! They kept drinking them even after they saw me put spinach in them! Then, my little man wanted to try to come up with his own combination. I was a little skeptical at first, but it was so good! Now he proudly proclaims he makes the “best smoothies ever!” He even has a secret ingredient. Don’t worry, he said I could share it with you!
Little man’s fruit smoothie
- 6 ounces of orange juice (or other juice like apple or 100% cranberry juice)
- 2 ounces of coconut water
- 1 handful of spinach (preferably organic)
- 1 frozen banana*
- 1 cup frozen strawberries*
- 1 cup frozen blueberries*
- 1 dash of cinnamon – This is the secret ingredient. We love Red Ape Cinnamon.
- Protein powder (You can add any kind, but our favorite is this one. It’s vegan, too!)
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Blend the first 3 ingredients
- Add and blend the rest
*You can use fresh fruit instead of frozen, but you may want to add some ice to thicken it.
Here are some other smoothie recipes your children can help make with you:
Beginner’s Luck Fruit Smoothie (from Simple Green Smoothies.com)
Much health and happiness,
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