Smoothie Day at Harrison's School

In celebration of Valentines Day, and trying to keep things IMG_0048_copyhealthier
around here and avoid all the usual Valentines’ candy (although I
did treat them to donuts this morning), I offered to come into Harrison’s school and make fruit smoothies to teach the first
grade about healthy options that taste great.  His Teacher seemed excited and wanted me to bring the blender and do a demonstration.  So, we took a poll on favorite fruits.  My usual green smoothie was not going to win any brownie points with the kids.  In fact, I was in IMG_0049school last week for a character report parade sporting my green smoothie and I got lots of twisted up, disgusting faces when I said spinach, so… no green smoothies. 

I haven’t had much luck getting any of our 3 kids to drink smoothies (maybe it’s the green?) so I decided to make it just frozen fruit and yogurt, and maybe then it will seem more like ice cream than a breakfast beverage!watermelon:strawberry smoothie picture with harrisonThe favorite fruits were watermelon, apples, mango, banana, and strawberries. 
So I came up with 3 smoothie recipes.  See the recipes below:


Harrison continues to be an enigma.  He didn't like any of the three options, and I mean really -- these things were so sweet and good they literally tasted like sherbet!  Sometimes I wonder if he's just trying to be difficult, and says he doesn't like it just because he knows it's healthy.  But instead of feeling defeated (yet again), I'm choosing to see it as an opportunity to keep trying new things with him.  And he was
more than willing to be in a photo with the empty blender :)
 
The rest of the class loved them, and we had so much fun learning about the health benefits of Greek yogurt and each of the fruits.  IMG_0051The watermelon/strawberry smoothie was the crowd favorite.  Here's a picture of the poll taken by his teacher.  They used it in class as Math exercise!  
Watermelon/Strawberry (serves 4):
 
1)   3 cups cubed watermelon

2)   2 cups frozen strawberriesIMG_0052

3)   1 cup Greek yogurt

4)   2 limes

Mango/Orange (serves 4)

1)   4 c frozen mango chunks
2)   1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
3)   2 cups Greek yogurt
http://www.rachaelray.com/2014/05/09/super-simple-kid-friendly-smoothies/


Cherry / Vanilla (serves 4)

1)   4 cups frozen cherries
2)   2 cups water
3)   2 cups Greek yogurt
4)   2 tsp. vanilla extract
https://www.healthysmoothiehq.com/cherry-vanilla-smoothie

If you want to try another healthy Valentines treat with dark paleo cookie dough bites picturechocolate, try this one.  I have one every night, and they have just under 4 grams of sugar per serving!

Paleo Cookie Dough Bites


For the bites:

1)    3 cups almond flour
2)    1 teaspoon sea salt
3)    1/2 cup melted organic virgin coconut oil
4)    1/2 cup maple syrup
5)    1 tablespoon vanilla extract (organic)
6)    1 1/4 cups paleo-friendly dark chocolate, chopped 

For the topping:

1)    12 ounces paleo-friendly dark chocolate

Instructions:

1)    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2)    In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour and sea salt (and vanilla if using powder)
3)    In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla (if using liquid).
4)    Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until combined, and then stir in chopped chocolate.
5)    Roll batter into 1 1/2-inch balls, place them on lined baking sheet, and set them in fridge for 15 minutes to chill.
6)    Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl over a pot of water or a double boiler, melt the chocolate for the topping (add a bit of coconut oil to get it more liquidy and not burn). Take off heat and let cool slightly.
7)    Remove cookie dough bites from fridge and roll each ball in melted chocolate to cover. Let cool. Store in fridge.  Enjoy!

http://paleogrubs.com/cookie-dough-bites

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