BIG accomplishment made today!! Got my 2 year old, who basically lives off Rice Krispies, Cheerios, French Fries and apples (and I’m not kidding, that’s been his main diet for weeks now – except french fries only occasionally) to try, and actually drink a Blueberry Smoothie!! My version was SUPER simple, one container of
- Vanilla Greek Yogurt (6 oz)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- splash of skim milk so it would mix well.
- I also added a pack of PureVia sugar sub b/c I wanted something SWEET (as usual).
- Blend in blender! Viola!
However, if you’re looking for other healthy Smoothies recipes, check these out. There are tons on the net. There are actually entire sites devoted to just smoothies. I don’t know why I never fix them, but so excited that Terror (ok, that’s not his real name) tried something new AND healthy!!! Yay-me! The yummy picture is not mine, b/c I didn’t think to take a pic before we consumed the entire glass – it’s from http://www.wildblueberries.com/ (who also has a blueberry smoothie recipe that looks good). So anyway, serving of fruit, serving of dairy. Not something kids need to drink all day b/c of sugar content (my yogurt had 13 grams), but a good little snack.
If posting recipes becomes a regular thing, then I guess I’ll start a separate blog, so unsuspecting souls will not be subjected to my other off-the-wall ramblings. For some background, my almost 2-year-old son is allergic to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, (and dogs)! Therefore, I’ve had to play with a lot of recipes to find ones that work and the entire family will enjoy. Also, I try to keep things low-fat, so sometimes all these substitutions are a disaster! However – today was not one of those days!!! I made some FAB chocolate banana muffins (and we don’t even LIKE bananas!) Since I did not find another recipe like this – I thought I would share, not that anyone is likely to find it here…but who knows 🙂
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – I can’t say they are healthy, but def. better for you than other recipes I found!
1 cup flour
3/4 cup wheat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg** (substitute 1 T. vinegar, 1 T. milk, 1 tsp baking soda – I mix these in a separate cup and let foam up, then add to recipe)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup vanilla* yogurt (*I used Horizon Natural Little Blends Apple Butternut Squash – sounds weird, but you never know it’s in there)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas
1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (which ends up being A LOT – may want to cut back if you are not a big chocolate person (do those people exist?) or want to cut fat)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray – I ended with enough mix to do more than 12 muffins, so I made some mini-muffins for the little man). In one bowl, mix your white and wheat flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, white and brown sugars. In another bowl, mash up your bananas and add the oil, applesauce, yogurt, vanilla and egg substitution – mix well. Add your wet and dry ingredients and mix until just moistened, do not overmix. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake 19-21 minutes or until you think they’re done – hey, I’m not a professional cook here. Cool on rack and then chow down!! My little one ate several mini-muffins, finally I had to cut him off b/c of all the chocolate!!