Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Healthy Treats - Homemade Smoothies and Ice Cream Recipe

Sustainable Living Bloggers Healthy Food Alternatives Blog Hop

We love to make homemade smoothies and turn them into ice creams!

Is it crazy how children can recognise sweets and chocolates in an instant. The way they learn the branding of big name food chains quickly and can request them as you drive past on the highway!

We very rarely have McDonalds or other takeaway foods. Especially now we live at least half an hour away from any such place! However, we are not immune to buying some chips on a long trip or when we are at the shops.

We also tend not to buy any sweets, ice creams or chocolate in our weekly grocery shop so that the temptation for children (and parents) is eliminated! If it's not there they can't ask for it! When we feel like biscuits or sweets, we bake them! (This time of year there are too many temptations in our house!)

Smoothies are one way we can get lots of nutritious foods in one delicious drink! Loved by both girls and by me of course!

Here's our favourite smoothie combination which Miss 3 makes confidently on her own!

Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1-2 bananas (depending on size)
- 1/2 avocado, chopped
- 6 baby spinach leaves (we count 'em out!)
- 2 cups full cream milk (sometimes almond milk)
- 1-2 Tbs natural yogurt

Method:
Around here it's basically step back and see the toddler work!
Miss Daisy loves to measure out each ingredient and add them to our blender. Once they're all in she steps back and allows me to do the noisy work (she's still not a fan of the noisy blender - see here for a cute trip down memory lane!)

Pour into cups with lids and add a straw!! Enjoy!!


The reason we make such a big smoothie is to ensure there is leftover smoothie!! That's how we make our ice blocks and ice cream!

We fill our ice block moulds with leftover smoothie and freeze! Yum!

We also fill ice cube trays with smoothie mix to make ice cream.
To use, we pop 2-3 cubes out and place in a bowl while we eat dinner. Smoosh them up with a spoon after dinner and you've got yummy soft serve consistency ice cream that's super healthy and loved by all!!


This is part of a blog hop with these wonderful bloggers for healthy eating ideas for kids!
Go and check them out!