The Tasty Travels of the Swanky Budgeteer.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Today's Smoothie and Snacks

Hi Foodies,

I'd like to share today's Green Smoothie recipe with you.  As many of you know, my family and I have been enjoying Green Smoothies for over 5 years now, and we love them! Green Smoothies are alkalizing, they increase you fiber intake, increase energy, and Green Smoothies help to clear skin.

Now for today's recipe: 1/2 organic green apple, one handful of strawberries, blackberries, and cherries, one handful organic cilantro, a few slices of a cucumber and water.  Toss it all in the blender, and smooth it out.  Enjoy!

I try to steer my family away from processed food and snacks.  Boxed and bagged foods aren't always easy to avoid because they're convenient, and some are quite tasty.  There have been many times that I've fallen prey to a box of fruit snacks, or those evil soft, iced cookies, or--you get the idea!

When grocery shopping, I try to only shop the outskirts of the store, ignoring the aisles laced with cereal, and those "easy"and "helpful" boxed meals and snacks.  You know the ones I'm talking about.  With that said, my family sometimes tires of noshing on carrots, apples, cucumbers, grapes, and grape tomatoes.  When they do, I have to incorporate other goodies into our carte du jour.

This week's shopping trip led me to sugar snap peas, grapes (again!) strawberries, and grapefruit.  We always have grapes and strawberries on hand here, and I LOVE grapefruit, but I don't always buy sugar snap peas unless I'm cooking stir-fry.  I often purchase grapefruit for myself, but I've never expected our children to eat them, because I remember loathing the taste as a child.  I incorporated the snap peas into our dinner Wednesday night (see yesterday's post) and had several left over.

  When Noa and I got the munchies today in between meals, I thought of the sugar snap peas.  I poured out a few for  Noa and I to eat raw. We were both back in the kitchen for more minutes later!  They have the perfect snap and crunch to them, and they are delightfully delicious!  I think they would taste great with hummus, ranch dressing, or any other healthy dip.

As for the grapefruit, I have peeled quite a few this week for myself.  When Cullen and Noa saw that I was eating, they were curious to try my "big orange" as they called it.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that they both appreciate the taste.  No turned up, squishy faces to the sour/tart pulp!  A happy mom I am!  Please click here for a nutritional breakdown of sugar snap peas, and for more information on grapefruit.


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