Aug 082016

This shop and my Tropical Smoothie recipe have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. Opinions are mine, “how did my baby get so big?” back-to-school tears may also be yours. #BoostBackToSchool #CollectiveBias

Bubbles starts kindergarten this week!  She has asked every day for a week if it’s time to start yet, which with as often as we’ve had school kick-off events feels like it has.

This layered Tropical Smoothie recipe is delicious and refreshing, a great way to start any morning!

The big morning is actually on Wednesday and I’ve been planning ways to make it even more special.  I want a few fun touches, but I especially want it to start with a breakfast that will keep her full and satisfied until lunch.  Concentrating is hard enough when you’re a kid, a rumbling stomach just makes it harder. Continue reading »

Nov 232013

Thank you to Hamilton Beach for providing us with smoothie blenders to make our smoothie recipes.  All words and opinions are my own.

Smoothies are something I’ve enjoyed for a long time, especially back when I lived in Florida.  They’re tasty and refreshing, and can be quite healthy.  When I was in college, we’d often stop for one on the way back from the beach.

It wasn’t until recently, though, that I started seeing a lot of homemade smoothie recipes.  I was interested in giving them a try, but I lacked the proper equipment.  We had a small blender, but it wasn’t really up to the challenge of crushing ice.

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender for Perfect Smoothie Recipes

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Apr 282013

This healthy mornings post is brought to you by Silk Fruit & Protein.  All opinions are my own.

Bubbles is not a huge eater, especially at breakfast.  I’m lucky if I can get her to eat some yogurt and a few sips of juice.  Or on occasion sometimes she’ll ask for whole wheat toast with peanut butter or cheesy scrambled eggs.  Since she doesn’t eat a huge breakfast I try to ensure that what she does eat is providing maximum fuel to her growing little body.

Silk Fruit & Protein: Healthy Drinks for the Entire Family

Shake Up Your Morning With Healthy Drinks

Recently I found that Silk has a juice blend called Silk Frui t& Protein.  It comes in yummy-sounding flavors like Mixed Berry, Strawberry Banana, and Mango Peach.  Each glass has 5 grams of protein – something most other juices can’t provide.  And protein is definitely something kids, and the whole family, can use to help power through busy mornings.  Plus you get calcium and vitamins D and C, which are both essential vitamins.  They’re also lactose-, gluten-, and dairy-free which I know is an important point for a lot of folks (I’m told it can be challenging to find lots of tasty gluten-free options).

While this would make a great breakfast for Bubbles or to pour into a travel mug for an on-the-go breakfast, I can think of some other options for Silk Fruit & Protein, too.  I think it would be awesome poured into molds and frozen into fruit pops.  On a hot day can’t you just taste a cold, juicy Mixed Berry or Strawberry Banana fruit pop?  It’s something the entire family could enjoy.  I also think I’ll experiment with using it as some or all of the liquid in muffins or other breads.  I occasionally do that with fruit juice but adding the extra protein would be great.  Or what about using one of the juice blends as the start to a fruit-packed smoothie? Continue reading »