Strawberry Banana Passion Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Smoothie with passion fruit banana and strawberry.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI took my little guy to a juice place the other day and one of their smoothies caught my eye.  I love the flavor of passion fruit so I made note of what they put in one of their delicious sounding smoothies.  And then I came home and tried to recreate it.  It’s pretty close.  But more importantly the kids loved the strawberry banana passion fruit smoothie.

Passion fruit smoothie with rainbow sherbet, stawberries and banana.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI wouldn’t say that this is the healthiest smoothie out there considering it uses rainbow sherbet and I’m certain the passion fruit juice is laden with sugar.  Whoa, way to sell it, Sharon.  I know, I know.  But it does have fresh fruit and non-fat yogurt in it.  Hopefully that creates some sort of health-ish balance.  And rainbow sherbet reminds me of my grandma so I just wanted to buy some.

passion fruit smoothie recipe.  Great for kid's snacks.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAdd it all together.  I love these individual sized containers from my Ninja.  Is it just me or do you make a huge mess when you make smoothies in a large blender?  It seems like everything goes really well until I try to pour it in to glasses.  And without fail, something makes the smoothie shift and I end up with smoothie all over my counter.

Passion fruit smoothie from my ninja blender.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy kids go through smoothie loving phases.  We are entering one right now.  I try to keep frozen fruit on hand so that I can always make one for them even if I haven’t been to the store recently.

Passion fruit smoothie recipe.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comDelicious Strawberry Banana Passion Fruit smoothie for your mouth hole.  Enjoy.

Strawberry Banana Passion Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 large scoop (about 1 - 1 1/2 cups) rainbow sherbet
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 - 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 3/4 vanilla non-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 - 1 cup passion fruit juice

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender jar and mix well.
  2. Ingredient list makes one smoothie.
  3. Adjust ingredients to your preference.
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Honey Hangover Remedy

Bar tray with gold mirror and flowers.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYou guys know I like a cocktail from time to time.  But if I have too many (which is very hard for me to figure out) I get the WORST hangovers ever.  I’ve said it before but I can have 2 beers and feel terrible the next day and then the next month have 3 cocktails and be totally fine.  It just doesn’t make sense to me.  I’ve never been able to figure out what I should be drinking so that I don’t get terrible hangovers.  And let’s be clear.  I think I have had 3 hangovers since I had my son 8 years ago.  And that was 3 too many in my opinion.  Hangovers and children do NOT mix.  Not that I am looking to up the amount I drink but I have started looking in to various hangover helpers.  I mean, it can’t hurt, right?

Honey is perfect in drinks and to help with hang overs.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI had no idea that honey played a role in hangover remedies.  What is so great is that you probably already have honey in your house and don’t need to go buy anything for this remedy.  And honey makes a great cocktail ingredient so it kind of kills two birds with one stone. [Read more...]

A Love Letter to Andrea Howe of Gwyneth Made Me Do It

Gwyneth's book from For the Love ofWe are well in to the new year and I’m sure I am not the only one still trying to figure out how to make my life a little healthier.  But I have to be honest, my energy is low for learning something from scratch.  About all I can muster is cheating off someone’s cliff notes version.  When my oldest son was one and diagnosed with food allergies, I had to completely figure that out on my own.  I had to teach myself to cook, I had to figure out what foods he could tolerate and how to prepare them.  It was so much work.  But that was my only focus at the time.  While we have the food allergies figured out (dare I say we are almost outgrowing all of them???) the whole living approach that was very much a part of his early diet has gotten neglected.  And while I enjoy reading and learning new things I don’t feel ready to take it all on myself.  Which is why I need to make sure that you all know Andrea Howe.  I met Andrea last year at Alt Summit.  She lives about half an hour from me and we’ve been lucky enough to see each other a few times since the conference.  Her blog, For the Love of, is amazing.  With her fashion background she talks about real woman fashion problems, how to make things work for you and even does DIYs for accessories.  She’s got adorable children and she is very frank with what is going on in her life.  I adore her.

Dip recipe for the love ofBut the real reason I want to make sure you know about her is because of a sort of side project she started called Gwyneth Made Me Do It.  Yes, that Gwyneth.  Immediately I was interested in Gwyneth’s cookbook and getting back to a more healthful way of eating.  I was delighted when Andrea created the Instagram account to chronicle her experience with the book (you can read how the whole thing got started in this post here).  For real, I have learned so much from her.  Andrea talks about everything from how to choose the right meat, to how she got her kid’s off chicken nuggets to what ingredients you really don’t want to see on your food labels.  She shares recipes (the above is a more healthy version of a ranch dip that she served at a Christmas party) and information that I find truly important.  Oh and now she also writes a column on it for Babble.

diypizza5She is a mom of 3, with picky eaters just like the rest of us.  But she’s willing to put in the work and really figure out what is best for her family.  And she shares all the highs and lows along the way.  Take the time to read through her body of work and you will come away feeling like you have found your new best friend who just wants you to be the best version of you.  She has done a complete makeover on the way her family eats and shows that making your family’s health a priority is hugely important.  And totally doable.

All images via Andrea Howe of For the Love Of

Healthy Snacking and Meal Tips for Kids

Motts logoboys-hanging-outThese boys excel at snacks.  Put a plate of food in front of them and they won’t touch it.  But give them smaller quantities of things that are individually wrapped and they will eat them ALL.  It is something that I struggle with especially because I want to make sure they are eating healthy foods.  But if you look at most diet plans, they suggest snacking in between meals can be healthy.  That just means that I need to make sure I keep healthy snacks that the kids will eat in the house at all times.

oat-banana-smoothieMy boys love sugary cereals and convenience foods in the morning.  And I can’t blame them.  I love them too.  But they also love smoothies.  So I try to make sure that they have smoothies whenever we have time for them.  This Banana Oat Smoothie is a favorite and helps to keep them full for quite a while.  Any time I can get fruit in my kids before lunch I call a victory.  We usually use yogurt for protein and little to no sweeteners in our smoothie so I feel really good about them having a large serving.

keep-healthy-snacks-lowI still have my littlest home with me two days a week.  I have learned to keep the healthier snacks lower in the cupboard, easily in his reach.  While there might be cookies higher in the cupboard, he knows that if he can’t reach it, it is unlikely that he will get it as a snack.  This also helps me out when I’m right in the middle of something and can’t stop to get it for him.  He has also been taught that he can’t just go get something whenever he wants just because he can.  He still has to ask.  (Did you have to do this?  I have a clear recollection of being in high school and standing in the kitchen thinking, I can totally reach the snacks, I don’t really have to ask any more…)  More often than not, he will grab a Mott’s Snack & Go pack.  They come in a variety of flavors, which is awesome since my sons rarely like the same flavors.  They don’t require him to get a bowl or spoon and he can take care of it all by himself.  Kids love that, don’t they?

strawberries

Once the kids are home from school, I let them pick out a snack.  This can be pretty much anything, (their lunches are a sandwich, fruit and veg – pretty healthy) a cookie even.  But if they still need another snack before dinner it has to be a fruit or veggie.  While my mom freaks out about them eating a snack so close to dinner, I feel like this is the prime time to get something healthy in to them.  They think they are getting an extra snack and I know that they are really getting something good for them.  Please nobody tell them.

have-kids-pick-dinner-one-night-a-weekSomething happens when it is time for my kids to sit down at the table.  Suddenly they hate food and don’t want to eat.  Or they suddenly they don’t like the meal that used to be their favorite.  So now, I ask each child and my husband to pick a meal for me to cook each week.  When they have picked it themselves they eat more and take ownership of it in a way.  This also helps with the menu planning burn out that I often get.  It’s hard to come up with meal ideas all the time.  This has been working out great.  And I totally lucked out because the meal my husband asks for it SUPER simple.  Thank goodness.

brussels-sprouts-and-mushroomsSomething else I try to do is mix something the kids like with something new or that they aren’t sold on yet.  My oldest recently began to love mushrooms.  I try to make them for him often.  But I also try to mix them in with other types of veggies and flavorings so he can try more things.  It doesn’t always work (for instance, he prefers his Brussels sprouts with bacon) but is worth a try.  It is also a great way to work in some leftovers if you don’t have a ton of one thing.

snacks-for-hiking

Weekends might be the hardest time of all for snacking.  Since my boys are always hungry, I always make sure to have snacks with me.  There is nothing worse than being out on an errand and having only whiney children with no food for them.  However will they make it through?  Mott’s® Snack & Go applesauce packs are the perfect thing!  They are easy to take with you and are pretty much mess free.  I always have these in my purse.  I’m so grateful for these snacks!

Mott’s® Snack & Go is the nutritious applesauce kids love in a squeezable pouch they can take with them wherever they go.  Mott’s is also the only applesauce brand with Box Tops for Education, helping to support kids’ schools.  Visit motts.com to learn more.

*Disclosure:  Compensation was provided by Mott’s via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mott’s.

Baby Gourmet Giveaway {Winner!!}

A big congrats to Julia of Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body who won the Baby Gourmet samples!  Email me so I can get your address and discuss your review post!  CupcakesAndCutlery@gmail.com! 
Thank you, everyone for entering!!!  And if you haven’t entered yet I am giving away some custom party goods from For Your Party!  You can enter that giveaway here
Sharon
photo is mine