Wherein you become one, and simultaneously get your kids to eat fruit
Put on Sade’s greatest hits. Imagine a world very very distant from the one you inhabit now. Relax and face the fact that glamour and intrigue are for those who aren’t worried about their kids coming down with scurvy.
You needn’t blow your family budget on hyper-seasonal fresh fruit that spoil uneaten due to the shifting sensitivities of juvenile palates (though you should of course introduce them to the pleasures of peak-season fruit when possible; just don’t expect them to accept it with the fervor of a fruitarian). A smoothie usually goes down with a little more ease: it looks like a milkshake, tastes kind of like a milk shake (okay, not at all), but it’s actually fun to eat and can go back in the fridge for later if they bail on it at breakfast. You should drink one too.
Here’s how to make it an easy, daily thing (need we see organic when possible?).
1. each time you go to the grocery store, buy:
-a few big containers of non fat plain yogurt. It keeps for a long time.
-a big orange juice
-4 or 5 packages of frozen fruit (berries, mangoes, whatever)
-a bunch of bananas
2. buy a blender if you don’t have one (we burned out two fifty dollar blenders in one year until we realized the 20 dollar model does just as good job. It just doesn’t look as cool)
3. every morning load up the blender like this:
a few cups of frozen fruit in the bottom.
a banana cut up
throw in a few cups of yogurt
a shot of orange juice
let it sit there for 20 minutes while you do other stuff (it’ll melt and meld and not make such a racket if you try to blend it while frozen rock solid) then blend it up.
Serve in sippy cups with wide straws (before you get them dressed for school. the spills aren’t very fun).
It’s a tasty fiber, vitamin, and protein foundation for the day. Will they feel better? Will you feel better?
No need to ask
You’re a smoothie operator