Monday, April 18, 2011
Purple "Milkshakes" | Drinking Our Veggies
Well, I've mixed it up differently these days.
Tonight's drink we called a purple milkshake, because of the color. Though Gracie called it "Pwerple Pink Dwink" when she saw it.
Every night is different. Before I made one with veggies I wanted someone to tell me how much of everything to put in, to make it taste good and not get my kids refuse to drink it. I didn't find much help out there. So, I'll tell you what I did tonight, though every time is different.
I filled my blender with baby spinach. Then I decided I should put it in the food processor first so there weren't big chunks of green. I chopped it up in the food processor, adding a little bit of frozen fruit concentrate (banana-strawberry-orange). I transferred it to the blender. Then I added one banana, about one cup of frozen blueberries, about two cups of frozen mixed fruit (Cash & Carry), one individual strawberry yogurt, one ice cube of frozen carrot puree, one ice cube of frozen cauliflower puree and about half a quarter of a cup of pineapple juice, a handful of pineapple, and finally about an ounce of sugar-free raspberry syrup.
For the first time Mercy was willing to drink it and LOVED it. It's taken me about two weeks to get her to try it. She saw me making it the first time and was NOT happy that I had messed with her favorite drink! (I was really glad she tried it tonight because now she says she'll drink it all the time.)
It's perfect for Friday or Saturday nights when I want it to be a fun family night and I don't want to fight about veggies and replaces pop as the treat drink!
Are you guys inspired to try anything to get your family eating a little bit healthier? I'm discovering that baby steps are good. Small lifestyle changes will add up to a a big difference.