We love making smoothies for a healthy, delicious snack. Everyone can participate and they are fun to make! For years I didn’t think smoothies were an option for us, due to an allergy to dairy in our house. I thought that perhaps I’d have to use some type of dairy substitute for milk or yogurt.
One day I challenged my assumptions and realized we could still have smoothies and didn’t need milk at all! I learned from Linda Coss (a famous food allergy cookbook author) that she uses fruit juice in her smoothies and frozen fruit.
A ha! Frozen fruit instead of ice… fruit juice instead of dairy. It was brilliant. And while some people may use a formal recipe – here’s what works for us:
1. Start with fruit. We like blueberries, strawberries, peaches and bananas in our smoothies. We always keep store-bought frozen fruit ready to go (you can find it in the freezer section), and I freeze bananas when they start to get over- ripe rather than throw them away.
Typically I’ll use mostly frozen fruit along with some fresh. In the picture to the right, the berries and peaches were frozen, but the bananas were fresh.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Mother’s Day giveaway. There were so many wonderful nominations of Mom’s submitted – it was really difficult to narrow it down to only five women, as of course EVERY mom deserves special recognition for Mother’s Day.
Of the five women, there was one clear winner – Janel! Congratulations Janel on being selected to win a $100 gift card from Target. Janel was nominated by not one, but two friends, Amy and Gina, because they really wanted to recognize her for being such a great mom and being so inspiring. She received hundreds of votes and I’m thrilled that this giveaway gave some of her friends the opportunity to bless her in this way.
Thank you to all of you for participating, and happy Mother’s Day to all!
The folks at Target want to honor some special moms for Mothers’ Day. They asked me to help find a mom deserving of a $100 gift card to Target. You all emailed me your nominations, and I chose the top 5 (it was so hard!) to feature here. Of course I’d love to honor all these mom’s, but I can’t. Please read through the nominations below and vote for the person you’d like to receive the special gift. Voting will be open through Sunday at noon.
1. JESSICA – I’d like to nominate Jessica, a mom and animal rights attorney in Washington, DC. She and her husband have a 7 year-old daughter that loves to read. Though Jessica has her hands full, she has combined her passion for animal rights with her love of children’s books and is the founder of Vegbooks.org which reviews children’s literature with supporting vegan and vegetarian families in mind. She is also a dear and supportive friend.
The folks at Target want to honor some special moms for Mothers’ Day. They asked me to help find a mom deserving of a $100 gift card to Target. Of course I’d love to honor all of you, because I know every mother deserves to be recognized. But I only have one gift card to give away, so I need your help.
Please consider nominating a mom you think is deserving. Here’s how it works:
Every couple of months I bake up some cupcakes and freeze them. With food allergies, we always need to be prepared for parties and school events.
These handy little containers store cupcakes in the center of the unit so they don’t lose their frosting or get crushed. They are a big improvement over regular storage containers.