The Green Juice Challenge

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I've been trying to incorporate more veggies into my diet, been trying to be very healthy and that's why sometimes during the week I make the green juice or smoothie and I love it! It's not only tasty but with full of vitamins, you can create any combination that you prefer. Take a look at some that I've made.

Left photo: 1 golden apple, 1 medium carrot, 3 strawberries, a handful of baby spinach and 1 1/2 cup orange juice. Put everything into the blender, blend into completely smooth.

Center photo: 1 green apple, 1 cup orange juice and a handful of baby spinach. Put everything into the blender, blend into completely smooth.

Right photo: 1 plum, 1 bosc pear, a handful of spinach and 1 1/2 cup orange juice. Put everything into the blender, blend into completely smooth.

I love the fact that the juice becomes sweet and you can't taste the spinach. My favorite is the one in the right photo, it tasted delicious with the plum. My challenge is to incorporate at least two-three times a week the juice, feel free to join me with this challenge and also share some recipes!

Tips To Feed Toddlers

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Feeding toddlers can be quite a challenge sometimes, recently my daughter is going through a phase where she doesn't want to eat her vegetables. Trying to make her eat her lunch and dinner feels like a battle, and she always wins.

Although our doctor has assured us that it's just a phase and it should go away sometime, I still worry if my child is getting the right nutrients that she needs. Luckily, my daughter loves to eat fresh fruits, yogurt, cheese and milk but vegetables are another completely story. Before this phase she didn't have problems with vegetables, hopefully she'll be back to eating everything. Meanwhile, I've been trying to come up with new solutions in efforts to make her eat at least some vegetables.

So, here are some of the ideas that I've come up with:

1. The green juice: that's right! the green juice, it may sound weird but it works wonders. Here's what I do: In a blender, I put about a 1 1/2 cup of orange juice with about 1 cup of baby spinach and just blend until completely smooth. It can be made with different greens with you prefer. For right now, my daughter loves this juice and drinks every drop!

2. Hiding vegetables in the food: I personally don't like hiding things in food because I want my child to learn to love to eat her vegetable and to know exactly what she's eating. But since I believe it's for her own good and it won't be for too long, I don't see a problem. I try to incorporate vegetables into our normal food, example: if I make mac and cheese, I put some puree carrots or cauliflower and she doesn't know the difference. The same thing goes when I am baking a cake or cookies, just put some pureed veggies with the mix. Luckily, the web is filled with many great recipes, just give a try!

3. Make food fun: create fun and appetizing food for kids. I was browsing the web and come across this cute and fun idea, take a look:


(these and more can be found at Lisa Storms)

I hope I've given some usable information. So, what tricks do you use to feed your kids some veggies? Please share! =]

Strawberry-Banana Popsicles

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The days have been extremely hot! Summer is here with full force. I decided to make a few popsicles to help cool down. It was a hit with Sophia, she absolutely loved it. Here's the recipe:

(makes 8 small popsicles)
1 cup strawberries (stems removed and cut in half)
1 medium banana (cut into chucks)
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar

Put all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into popsicles mold, freeze until firm. Enjoy!

For more sweet cold treats, check out this recipe of homemade ice cream that I made a while ago.

Day at the Park

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I'm very lucky to live by a great park.
Couple of weeks ago, we took the kids to the park
since it was a beautiful, hot, sunny day.
Sophia had a blast at the swing,
picking flowers and even rocks.
Ian as usual fell asleep and pretty
much slept during our walk through
the park.
Take a look:

♥ ♥ ♥

4th of July - Recipes and Ideas

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I love checking the Disney's Family Fun Magazine website, it's filled with so many great ideas and recipes. I found so many quick and easy recipes that you can do in a couple of minutes, and kids can help too. Check it out:

All you need to do is simply skewer a mini ice-cream sandwich onto a popsicle stick and then press the sides with patriotic sprinkles. Serve in colorful cupcake liners.

Dip strawberries into melted white chocolate and then into blue sugar or edible glitter.

What you need: hot dogs, prepared breadstick dough (Pillsbury), skewers, cubed cheese and mustard.
What you need to do:  wrap hot dogs in prepared breadstick dough and insert a skewer, letting it protrude at the top. Bake the dogs according to the dough package's instructions. Add a triangle of cheese for a topper, tie on a tail made from ribbon or aluminum foil, and squirt on stripes of ketchup and mustard. Serve and enjoy.

Fill an ice cube tray with a red or blue fruit-flavored beverage (Powerade, Gatorade, or Kool-Aid) and let the cubes freeze solid. Put three or four colored cubes into each glass, pour in flavored seltzer water or clear soda, and watch the special effects. As the cubes melt, colored bubbles will swirl through the seltzer.

Have a happy and fun 4th of July!
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