Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wonder Mom Wednesday: Sneaky Recipe

Hi guys, I'm linking up again with Amanda from Mom Who Tris and Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes for Wonder Mom Wednesdays!  

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When Amanda told me what this week's topic was going to be I kind of panicked.  Ok actually at first I didn't even know what it meant.  I was like, "Sneaky recipe, what is that?"  Then it occurred to me..... ohhhhhh like how do I sneak something into my recipes to make it healthy without my kids knowing.  The answer:  I don't. 

I was thinking to myself, how can I put a spin on this topic so I still have something to write about.  Totally stumped, I turned to Amanda and Sue and I sent out an SOS.  Oddly enough they both wrote me back the same thing.-- Smoothies.  

Hell yeah I make smoothies and you know what?  I don't even have to be sneaky about it because they are healthy and they taste so darn good.  

I'll share the two with you that I make for my kids all the time and they drink them both without complaint.  

By the way, this is NOT a sponsored post, these are items I use and just love.  

We all know I fell in love with the green smoothie from Panera during marathon training.  Well, I loved it, I really did, but I don't get to Panera every day and quite frankly I didn't love the price tag.  So, I figured out how to make it on my own.  

Panera Knock-Off Green Smoothie 

The key ingredient 


8 oz Green Machine Naked Juice 
6 ice cubes 
1 whole banana or 1 whole orange (peeled) 


Mix ingredients.  You're done!  

See how easy that is?  I just use my magic bullet to mix it all and it comes out beautifully.  I could make my own green juice, but I prefer to buy the Naked Juice.  It has all the health benefits and it actually lasts for a long time.  I have a feeling a lot of my greens would go to waste if I tried to buy everything just to make smoothies.  This is the best of both worlds.  

The Naked Juice has these amazing ingredients:  Spirulina, chlorella, broccoli, spinach, blue green algae, garlic, barley grass, wheatgrass, ginger and parsley.  Because that stuff isn't exactly appealing to kids, I add the full banana or orange to help with the taste.  Note that The Naked Juice does contain fruits already, but it's honestly not the overwhelming taste.  

The kids love the ice cubes too because then it becomes a fun smoothie.  They know it's healthy and they like it anyway!  

The other smoothie I make for my kids is a version of my protein shakes.  I do NOT give my kids protein powder.  I don't know why, I guess there's really no reason not to, but I don't.  I just don't think they need it.  So I make them a kid friendly version.  

Kid Friendly Protein Smoothie


1 Cup frozen mixed berries no sugar added 
1 Cup Almond Milk 
6 ice cubs (yes 6 is the magic number) 
Generous dose of Peanut Butter to taste 


Again, I just use my magic bullet to mix all the ingredients and my kids LOVE this one.  They get a full serving of fruit, all the benefits of almond milk and the protein punch of the peanut butter.  I'll admit, I'll throw in a dash of chocolate syrup every once in a while and they do like that.  It's not necessary though.  They'll eat it without.  Even when I do add it, a little goes a long way.  To be honest the peanut butter and fruit flavor is what you get from this smoothie.  

So there you have it.  My not so sneaky recipes.  I know it's nothing exciting, but these are things I created for myself and eat a LOT and my kids just naturally asked to try.  As it turned out, they loved them and I didn't have to be sneaky.  I think your kids will love them too. 

Let me know if you try them out!  

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Sue Tate said...

Both sound great! Thanks for the ideas!! Don't forget to linkup your post :)

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