21 meals a week. I underestimated that part of motherhood. I am hardly a cook so maybe it should have registered that meal creation could be an issue. But I figured I had survived on whatever it is I used to eat, so I guess I thought they would, too. Many days, though, I find myself STILL in a state of shock about how they can eat so dang much so darn often.
And the complaining! OMG. I can barely make it through the 21 required meals, let alone produce alternatives.
BUT, sometimes you hit a homerun. There is that one diamond-in-the-rough moment when the food/meal/whatever-consumable-item-you-make actually goes over without complaint.
I have had that moment. It’s a rare glimmer of hope in a sea of despair and hopeless meals. The smoothie recipe to follow is a go-to favorite in my house and because it gives me such ridiculously-outsized-for-what-it-is joy every time I make it, I have decided it should no longer be my special secret! Moms everywhere looking for a healthy slam-dunk for their kids – this may be your salvation. It’s healthy AND it tastes good – for REAL. Feel free to share and help spread the joy, one less stressful meal at a time!
Plus, if you know me at all, recipe creation is so far outside of my area of expertise that this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, folks! So give it a whirl:
1 bag frozen strawberries
1 ripe banana (if it’s frozen, you need a better blender than mine 🙂 but it will work)
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 cup coconut water (for extra sweetness/flavor try pineapple coconut water)
1/2 ripe avocado (makes it creamy and you can’t taste it, I swear)
1-2 teaspoons almond butter (you can leave this out if you have allergies, this is an intentional add-in for us since we passed our almond allergy challenge!)
Blend it all together and, voila! A calcium and protein-packed marvel for even the pickiest kid. Enjoy!