Sunday, February 26, 2012

Grin and slurp it

I think we've hit a new milestone.  I got to sleep until 7:45am on a Sunday morning.  When I got up, both girls had been up for a little while, but it seems they didn't feel the need to get me out of bed as well.  Gillian has done this a few times lately, so I think she may have finally given up on insisting that I be awake anytime she is. =)  Oh, and we did have one other milestone this weekend:

really not sure how it's possible for her to be old enough to be losing teeth

Once I'm up, though, the questions begin.  "Is breakfast ready yet?"  "What are we having for breakfast?"  "Why haven't you started making our breakfast yet?!"  I like to bake muffins or scones on the weekend so we'll have stuff to eat for a few days during the week, but B & G aren't very patient about waiting while I do that.  Today, though, we tried something new.  Brianna asked me the other night if I knew how to make fruit smoothies.  I've been trying to find ways to get a greater variety of fruits into our diet, and this was a perfect opportunity.  When we went grocery shopping, I picked up some frozen raspberries and mango chunks as well as some fresh raspberries.  (I already had frozen peaches in the freezer, though I should probably make sure they haven't turned into a solid block of ice, since I'm not sure how long they've been in there.)  

So to hold off the ravenous horde while I did some baking, I pulled out my blender.  I can tell it's been a while since I've done that, since G commented that "I didn't know we had one of those!" =)  I started with a cup of plain yogurt.  (I usually keep Brown Cow full-fat yogurt on hand to eat with my granola.)  I added a bit of honey, since I know the girls aren't big fans of the plain yogurt as it is.  I tossed in some chunks of frozen mango and some of the fresh raspberries and about a quarter cup of milk to keep things from being too thick.  I blended it all until it was fairly smooth.

The verdict?  Definitely a hit!  Both girls finished their smoothies pretty quickly.  It doesn't hurt that they love drinking through straws.  I tasted a bit of what was left in the blender and thought it was pretty tasty.  We'll have to try some different fruit combinations to see what else they like.  And I've got a way to shut down the constant nagging. =)

Raspberry Mango Smoothies

225 grams (8 ounces) plain yogurt
22 grams (1 tablespoon) honey
85 grams (3 ounces) frozen mango chunks
60 grams (2 ounces) raspberries (fresh or frozen)
60 grams (2 ounces) milk (we used 1%)

Add all of the ingredients to a blender.  (I find it easiest to put my blender container on my scale and add everything to it, taring between ingredients.)  Blend until the mixture is smooth, which may take a minute or two if you use all frozen fruit.  Divide the mixture between two glasses and serve with straws. =)


  1. Oh wow, a tooth lost! Big girl!

    I should try making T a smoothie. She's very particular about her drinks, so I don't know if I could convince her to drink anything that thick. Maybe I'll try soy milk instead of yogurt.

  2. Wow, so impressed that you had two kids get up *without waking you*!! That's amazing!! My kiddos love smoothies...we use them as dessert and I love that they think they're getting a special treat, but it's so healthy, I would feed it to them at any time. :) I use my immersion blender: 1 cup of vanilla yogurt plus whatever random collection of fresh and frozen fruit that the kids request: always a hit!

  3. Your girls are so cute Di! I love fruit smoothies, but not as much as I hate cleaning my blender, so I rarely make them. I'll have to stop by your house :)

  4. I don't make smoothies as often as I should. Raspberry mango sounds delicious.
    G and B are too cute!

  5. I have been making smoothies using vanilla kefir mixed with bananas and strawberries, or sometimes, just blueberries. Good stuff. The boys like it, too. I have also made smoothies using almond milk and frozen berries. Comes out nice and cold, but not as thick as traditional smoothies. Still delicious, though.