Posts Tagged ‘Green Smoothie’

Love Food (Valentine’s Day Eats)

As I mentioned on Monday, Valentine’s Day has become a much more enjoyable holiday now that I make it about loving on my family and less about the romance.  Nothing against romance, but I prefer romantic gestures to be on less commercialized days.

This is our 4th year of doing a pink and red dinner, but I decided to make this year’s whole day of meals festive.  If you keep reading, you’ll see how we ended the day with a new and unexpected red addition….

Lest I get further ahead of myself, we’ll start the day’s recap…

The husband was supposed to leave really early for a conference call, but got a nice Valentine’s Day surprise of a dead car battery.  No amount of muttering and attempted battery jumping worked, so he shut himself in our bedroom and took the 2 hour call at home.  All this to say, he didn’t get to participate in the special breakfast.

I prepared a Valentine’s Day themed morning meal:

Blueberry muffins from a box (the second appearance in 2 weeks and the last until a birthday) + strawberry yogurt with red sprinkles + whipped cream with sprinkles + strawberries + pink lemonade and sparkling water

My little valentines viewing the breakfast table:

Twirly Straws make everything better.

I had a less festive but no less delicious breakfast of vegan cookie dough oatmeal (recipe coming soon).

I packed my daughter’s lunch for preschool.

cheese tortillas + fruits and vegetables

The preschool class was all abuzz with Valentine’s Day excitement.  It was really sweet.  Not only was it Valentine’s Day, but it was also pajama day, which is adorably exciting to the kids.  Pajamas?  To School?  So funny for 4 and 5 year olds.

My little guy and I came back home, picked up the husband and drove him to work.  After dropping him off, we drove to the gym and I got to enjoy a run with some new music – thanks for the suggestions!  We came back home and had some snacks.

He had a cookie.

I had a redish-green smoothie.

Purple Kale + Strawberries + Raspberries + 1/2 frozen banana + water

We played for a bit and enjoyed some Love Day themed Dora the Explorer.  That show is starting to get old after 2.5 years of watching it, but it is his current favorite and he only gets to watch when his sister isn’t around, so sat beside him, tuned out the strange yelling-instead-of-talking of Dora and played Scrabble on my iPod while he enjoyed the show.

We had some lunch.

PB&J + vegetables

Non-festive Butternut  Squash and Coconut soup (recipe to come) and Kombucha

Upon arrival home from preschool, there was an immediate dumping out of the school valentine’s day bag.  All cards and sweets were thoroughly inspected.  They each got to eat one.  The girl chose a hershey kiss, the boy chose a sucker.  I, however, chose kale chips.

When dinner time finally arrived, we welcomed over some family friends and had our 4th Annual Pink and Red Dinner.  For the fourth year in a row we had Penne with Tomato Cream Sauce (which is almost pink).  New to the table this year was some Valentine’s Day Cheese Ravioli that we found at Costco.  It was pretty good.  I also set out some jarred tomato sauce.

We had red produce: cherry tomatoes, strawberries and red peppers.

And our traditional heart shaped focaccia bread.

As for the new addition to this year’s dinner….

During a rambunctious game of chase (is there any other kind?) in the house (bad idea 1) with overly excited kids (bad idea 2), there was a collision involving my daughter’s tooth and my son’s forehead.  So, the new red addition to our dinner was blood, generously provided by both kids.

After some TLC, a failed attempt to go to Urgent Care (which was jam packed), a quick trip to CVS for some first aid supplies and some ice packs, we patched him up.  He seems no worse for the wear, but may sport a little scar to always remind him and us of Valentine’s Day 2011.

Hope your Valentine’s was equally as exciting, but without the head injury.  🙂

linking up with Peas and Crayons….




Getting Back on the Healthy Wagon


Carrot+Spinach+Lime+Kale+ Apple + Ice. It was so good.  I’ve missed my VitaMix.  I’ve never missed an appliance before.

Hello Athletic Shoes.  Let’s get to work!

I opened the TJ Peanut Flour (thanks to Kate) and made Peanut Flour+Banana+Almond Milk+Ice ‘ice cream’ in the VitaMix.

Shared it with my little guy.

Dinner is also thanks to Kate at For the Love of Breakfast, Decentness Soup.  I’d say it was more than decent.

This was my daughter’s plate.  Not that I have anything against eating on pink pig sectioned plates, just that I need more than a kid-sized bowl of soup for dinner.

How is your week starting out?

The Best Birthday Present Ever!

You know you are getting O-L-D when a blender brings giggles and joy upon opening.  Only this isn’t any blender.  This, my friend, is the most amazing blender in the whole wide world: A Vita Mix! I’ve wanted one for years, but have really started coveting the blender since going high-raw.

The Husband and I are kinda cheap, so spending a lot on a blender is a bit of a splurge.  Still, they have fantastic warranties and I’ve heard so many people talk of the amazing durability, power and longevity of their VitaMix blenders.

I’d like to say the maiden drink was a green smoothie, but that would be a lie.  The first drink to come out of the Vitamix may have included vodka.  And it was fantastic.  The next day, however, I did get to green smoothie making and was amazed at the texture of the drink coming out of the Vitamix.  No identifiable particles left – no kale to chew on after the rest of the drink was consumed.  I’ve used it every day and am giddy each time I fire it up.  I’m also a bit skeeved out when I think about my previous blender blunder and that, if I was idiotic enough to repeat it, the Vitamix would, well, not be as kind to my fingers as my last blender.

If you have a Vitamix, what is your favorite recipe?

What was one of your favorite birthday gifts?

Spinach + Bananas + Peanut Butter = Bliss

My obsession with adoration of peanut butter continues.  I’ve added it to banana soft serve, mixed it into cookie dough bars and now I’m adulterating my spinach smoothies with the deliciousness that is butter de peanut.

Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie

It looks mighty green, but you can not taste the spinach at all.

  • 2 c spinach
  • Peanut Butter to taste (I used 1/4 c)
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 c almond milk (or more if you like it thinner)
  • dash of salt and/or vanilla (to taste)

Messy Hair and a Purple Green Smoothie

smoothie ingredients: kale, spinach, frozen blueberries, frozen bananas, frozen raspberries, water, peeled orange & ice

Warning – these smoothies, while oh-so-good for your bodies are oh-so-dangerous to fabrics.  Mother Nature makes some potent natural colors.  I advise letting little ones drink in the kitchen out of a cup with a lid.

Breakfast of Champions

from bottom: orange, kale, spinach, frozen bananas, chia seeds


* I also add water, but I can’t add it until the blender is running because of a random leak in the blender.  And I no longer add my fingers….