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Green Monster Smoothie

P1070400I am always looking for ways to get more veggies into our family diet and with the trend of adding them to smoothies I have to say I was a little hesitant. But I will admit that I have been won over.

 

A few months ago I ventured into one of the juicing stores around town, and  I tried one of their drinks that didn’t seem to far off the beaten path. I think it was orange and pineapple and spinach. I was blown away because I realized that if my kids were comfortable with the green color, they would surely drink this one.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not going crazy and hiding spinach in everything. Because that’s just ridiculous…kids should know what a real vegetable tastes like. Here’s my twist on the drink I tried.

 

Shopping List:

3 cups of fresh baby spinach
1 banana
1 cup of frozen pineapple
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tablespoons sugar

Instructions:
1. In a sturdy blender layer the ingredients in the order listed above and blend on the highest speed possible for about 1-2 minutes. Adjust the amount of milk to get it to the consistency you like.

Serves: 2

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Tropical Pineapple Smoothie with Toasted Coconut

IMG_3807Some days I just need an escape. Today was a day like that where I spent some serious time daydreaming about warmer weather and relaxing poolside in a cabana of some sort where a waiter would bring be a tempting tropical drink. Continue reading Tropical Pineapple Smoothie with Toasted Coconut

Drinking Chocolate with S’mores Topping

It was a cold and stormy night…That’s how all the classic mystery stories begin, right? Well, this piping beverage is no mystery. Three simple ingredients plus a few decorative accents and you’ve got a yummy treat to cuddle.

Shopping List:

2 cups milk, whatever type you prefer. I used 1%, and the drink was still pretty rich.

1 cup semi-sweet baking chips, use the best quality available. I used Ghirardelli.

2 teaspoons Agave syrup

marshmallows and graham crackers for topping it off.

Instructions:

1. Over medium-high heat in a small sauce pot, warm the milk until a skin begins to form on the top, but do not let it boil. This takes about 5 minutes.

2. Vigorously stir in the chocolate chips, so that they melt and do not clump together.

3. Lower the heat and add the Agave syrup, a necessary step to avoid the bitterness of the baking chips. 

4. Let the flavors melt together for a minute if you can wait, then pour it into mugs and tops with giant marshmallows and crumbled graham crackers.

 

Serves: 4

P.S. While we are on the topic of super fantastic chocolate. Check out this stuff! It’s all natural cocoa peanut butter. We tried it on a graham cracker as bedtime treat. So super good, it’s like a those cup-shaped chocolates that I love. Check out the Peanut Butter & Co website for more flavors and a store near you that sells it.