Thankful Thursday: Thankful that I haven't had a blender breakdown on me since about 2012 when I made the decision to buy my Vitamix!!
I made a pretty sweet tasting smoothie using my Vitamix today. Usually I just throw stuff in it, but today I decided to follow a recipe.
Since my 5 year olds haven't been taking in as many fluids as I'd like, I decided that I'd make some popsicles that have coconut water in them. From what I understand, coconut water hydrates faster than your standard H2O.
So here's my recipe - I modified one from my Vitamix recipe book!
1 cup of Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water with Pineapple and Mango (omit water if using fresh fruit and add up to 2 cups of ice instead)
1 ripe banana, peeled
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
1/3 frozen unsweetened blueberries
1/3 frozen cranberries
1. Place all ingredients into your blender (or Vitamix) in the order listed and secure the lid.
2. For best results, allow the frozen fruit to thaw at room temperature for 10 minutes before blending.
3. Select Variable 1 if using a Vitamix
4. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to high. Blend for 40 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
5. Drink as is or pour into popsicle molds and freeze. I used Zipzicles.
If you've got some tried and true popsicle recipes you can share, I'd love to hear from you! Especially if they are easy and don't take too much prep time. I'm all about simplicity!
Typically, on Halloween, we aren't home. We are one of those dark houses people don't even make an effort to knock on. We go out to dinner as a family or go see a movie, so having too much leftover candy on hand isn't typically a problem we have. However, this year several of the teachers at the girls' school gave parents their addresses so that the children could visit known entities. So we took the girls there.
They didn't collect mounds of candy which I'm happy about, but they got enough to be satisfied and excited! If you've found that you... have a different problem...too much leftover candy, try these tips to avoid eating all that you didn't hand out.
1. JUST THROW IT OUT
This will likely put you in the running for Worst Parent Ever, but it's for the best! Have your kids choose their favorite treats and then donate or throw away the rest. The longer treats stay in the house uneaten, the more likely you are to give in and gobble it up.
DID YOU KNOW? Some dentists now offer to buy candy off kids in exchange for cash. This way they get a little spending money and you’ll get that calorie-filled temptation out of your house and mind. I'm curious to know if yours does this. Please let me know what you find out! I should call ours now!
2. Eat Well
Sugar cravings can strike when you’re hungry and haven’t consumed enough fuel to keep your blood sugar in balance. "Eat protein and fiber-rich meals in the days before and after Halloween", advises Ann Marion Willis, a R.D. in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. "It’ll make you feel less tempted to create a dinner out of mini candy bars."
3. Savor a Single Treat - this may or may not work depending on your resolve to stay on the straight and narrow.
Mindless eating is a good way to eat way more than you mean to — whether that’s nuts, chips, or candy. Instead of sitting in front of the TV munching your way through a bag of chocolate, try mindful eating. Select the one piece of candy that you most want to eat. Tune out all other distractions and focus on savoring the experience of eating it. Chew slowly, let it melt in your mouth, enjoy the sweetness, and notice how it makes you feel. Make your piece of candy go even further by chopping it into tiny pieces and sprinkling the bits on top of plain Greek yogurt.
4. Keep Your Mouth Minty Fresh
Brushing your teeth can be a deterrent similar to installing orthodontic hardware if you're trying to avoid eating candy. Especially that chewy and sticky kind! When you get the urge to tear open a handful of Halloween loot, run and give your teeth a quick brushing and see if that curbs it.
Here's to planning for the best outcome possible! You can do it!!
Allison Marschean is a wife and mother of 7 year old twins girls and a 15 month old baby girl who is kicking an autoimmune disorder to the curb with food and fitness, all while living her dimensions!