Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tips and Gadgets: Pink Panther's Smoothie

For a long time I tried to convince my boys to change their taste for "only a bowl of cereal" for breakfast to something fresher, seasonal and, obviously,  healthier.

About a month ago—after buying a Smart Stick hand blender, by Cuisinart (easy to use and wash), I started myself to drink smoothies first thing in the morning. Mine are made of almond milk, half a tablespoon of flax seed meal, and tons of antioxidants from fresh seasonal berries.

When they saw me making and drinking it, they were puzzled. And finally, when they asked me why I was not having my coffee with toast, I answered: "Oh, because I want to be just like the Pink Panther's mother, so I drink this pink smoothie."

That story seemed to be good enough. We watch, sometimes, the newest version of the classic cartoon, where the pink panther is looking not so thin, never smokes, and takes care of the garden and the planet. Besides running from the inspector, of course.

And since then, they are having fruit loaded milk every morning and are very happy indeed. Maybe it's because they just would like to be like... tada tada... tada....the Pink Panther !

The Pink Panther Mom's Smoothie

1 cup 2% very cold milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 large ripe fresh strawberries
15 small blueberries
3 slices of banana or 2 tablespoons applesauce
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 tablespoon flax seed meal (optional)

Add milk, fruit, and flax seed meal at the end. Blend for about 30 seconds. Pour in glass and enjoy very cold!

1 comment:

Darienne said...

Anna, I just made this the other morning, throwing in a chunk of frozen spinach. My kids are ridiculously leery of smoothies, but I loved it. The spinach disappeared right into it. Yum!


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