Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cooking with Cat- "Purple People Eater" Smoothie

I have been meaning to get Cat back in the kitchen but there hasn't been a good time to until last week. Since she does an online charter school now she's home all morning. She seems to be in a bit of a growth spurt again so she wants a mid morning snack by 10:30. The other day out of the blue, she asked me to make her a smoothie. She was feeling tired from her trip to Charlotte with my parents and needed something to help wake her up. She's turning into my little "health nut" (Just like her Mommy)so she knows that fruits and veggies are a necessary to feeling good, and she does eat a ton of both! I always keep frozen organic berries in the freezer so I had plenty of ingredients on hand to make just what she wanted.

Cat wanted to try and make hers and the Little One's on her own, so I let her. She picked out raspberries, blueberries, banana, spinach (Yes- she picked the spinach), and Vanilla soy milk. I offered her coconut milk but she wanted the soy. I let her put all the ingredients in food processor and work the button until she thought it was pureed enough.(still working on getting a blender- every time we're out I forget to pick one up! I used to have 2 but both got lost in a move.)

She had a great time getting to make a treat for her little sister, and an even better time drinking her own smoothie!

She's nicknamed this the "Purple People Eater" Smoothie:

1/2 cup organic raspberries
1/2 cup organic blueberries
1 half of a ripe banana
small handful of fresh spinach
Vanilla soymilk (or non-dairy milk)

Put all the fruits and spinach in a the blender (or in our case food processor).

Cover with soy milk. The less you use, the thicker it will be, use more and it will be thinner. It's all up to your (or your child's) taste. Cat liked hers like a milkshake.

Blend until all the fruits and veggies are pureed.

Pour into a glass, or a sippy cup for the Little One.

It's the perfect healthy snack for kids! And they love it!

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