Sunday, July 20, 2014

Juggling Real Food and Real Life Presents.........Little Family Adventure's Tropical Smoothie

Our last finalist in this years Juggling Real Food and Real Life Smoothie Competition is Nicky from Little Family Adventure.  She is one of my best blogging friends and someone I often turn to for both food and blogging advice.  Yes, it's true.  I begged her to give me a recipe for this year's smoothie competition.  She has wonderful recipes over on her blog Little Family Adventure. The recipes often have an international flair to them and I just can't get enough of her Poppy Seed dressing.  You have got to try it! She has to be sick of me talking about it all of the time.  Take a look at her smoothie recipe below and then head over to Little Family Adventure for food, travel, and lots of fun.


Nicky from Little Family Adventure


Now, here is Nicky...............
Nicky, at Little Family Adventureis a wife, homeschooling mom of 3, cook, and blogger.  Her family is dedicated to eating fresh, local, and organic food. They refuse to use any heavily processed foods and choose to cook from scratch. She knows that cooking like this takes a bit more work to cook this way, but she says her family's health is worth it.

Her husband served 20 years in the US military. They have lived on both the east and west coasts, as well as a few places in between. She can usually be found gardening, reading, cooking, or planning their next vacation or trip. They love to travel and expose their children to different places and people. They live by the motto "Sometimes the best things in life are the most unexpected". For her, the fun is in the journey.



Tropical Smoothie


Enjoy a taste of the tropics with this Tropical Smoothie. You’ll love this blend of classic island flavors; mango, pineapple, coconut, and banana.
Smoothies are great for breakfast. If you’re in a rush, just whip them up in your blender, pour into a glass or lidded jar, and you’re off. It’s a healthy way to get fruit into your diet.

Tropical Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2-4
Serving Size: 8-16 oz
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 banana, frozen
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and serve.
Big thank you to Christina for having me today and to you for stopping by to check out my recipe! Please, leave a comment to vote for my recipe in this competition.

Now it's your turn...........leave your comments below and cast your vote for Nicky and her Tropical Smoothie.  Do you think of a smoothie as a snack, breakfast, dessert? Have you ever used coconut milk?  Do you drink your smoothies or eat them with a spoon?  Have you or a family member been in the military.      

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Juggling Real Food and Real Life Presents.............Sight and Sound Reading's Fun with Fresh and Frozen Fruit Smoothie

I've got something a bit different for you today.  Meeghan from Sight and Sound Reading is our next finalist in the Juggling Real Food and Real Life Smoothie Competition.  She is a super sweet momma of 5 kids who has devoted her life to teaching children to read.  Check out her recipe here and then head over to her blog Sight and Sound Reading to check out more wonderful ways to help your children with their reading.  There are some really cool ideas.  I've used some of them with my kids.  The best part...........they don't even know they are learning. 

Now here is Meeghan................


Teaching the letter F:  Fun with fresh and frozen fruit -

Hi there, I am Meeghan from Sight and Sound Reading. My blog helps to teach children to read for free.  We also help struggling readers learn to read better and learn to like reading. Lastly we offer tips and ideas to help parents, teachers and caregivers make learning to read fun.  Today I thought we would have some fun with fresh and frozen fruit.  In the process, we will learn about the letter F and the sound that the f makes.

Now...  there is nothing really special about our smoothie recipe - really you can use any smoothie recipe you wish.  What makes our smoothie magical is that it helps in teaching the 'f' sound.  Ffffffff!

Fun with Fresh and Frozen Fruit Smoothie

Let's get started.  My 8 and 6 year old helped me with this activity. We took out the blender and all the ingredients.  We are lucky to have an organic blueberry farm minutes from our home -so, we had fresh blueberries!  We also took out out some frozen fruit - including raspberries,  bananas (that were starting to brown too early that we had frozen), mangoes, pineapples, strawberries, and peaches.   We also have a peach farm close to us -so, we actually had some frozen peaches from last year's crop.   We love to use frozen fruit in our smoothies because then we don't have to add ice!   In addition to our fresh and frozen fruit, we also added milk and yogurt.

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Here is where the magic happens!  We discuss the letter f, and the sound the f makes.  We practice making the sound that the f makes...fffffff!  F as in fun with fresh and frozen fruit.  FFFFFF.  THEN, we press the on button of the blender.  To cover up the noise from the blender, we all make the noise that the f makes: FFFFFFF.  Everyone now - let me hear you:  FFFFFFFFF.

Excellent!


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When the blending is finished, we sample our fresh and frozen fruit fun.  We all agree that it is fabulously fantastic.  FFFFFF good!

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Meeghan (Karle) Mousaw has her Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.  She also has her Masters in Special Education from Assumption College.  She re-discovered her mother’s reading program when trying to teach her daughter to read.  She was amazed at how easy it was to teach her, and she loved that her daughter asked to practice reading every day.  Immediately she knew it would be great for ALL children, especially those who struggle to learn to read.  She was inspired to help her mother reach more children with her program.  Meeghan is married and has five children.  Aside from spending time with her family, she loves supporting her alma mater by attending the University of Notre Dame athletic events.

Big thank you to Christina for having me today and to you for stopping by to check out my recipe! Please, leave a comment to vote for my recipe in this competition.

Now it's your turn...........leave your comments below and cast your vote for Meeghan's Fun with Fresh and Frozen Fruit Smoothie
If you follow Juggling Real Food and Real Life, you know how much I love to see kids in the kitchen. There are important life skills to be learned.........healthy food choices, reading, and math. All of this can be achieved with fun family cooking lessons.  Do your kids help you in the kitchen?  Have you ever made smoothies together?  Do you think of a smoothie as a snack, breakfast, dessert?

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Let's Get Real Friday Party #48

Welcome to our Let's Get Real Friday Party!

Woot! Woot! Let's get this Friday started. Let's Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That's right! It's all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That's you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.


**This week you can enter to win next week's special co-host spot. If you are interested in co-hosting next week, please enter the rafflecopter give-away. We would love to have you join us for the week.**

Let's Get Real Friday Party
 
A Big Welcome to our very Special Co-Host Mackenzie from Life In Kenzie's Kitchen! Make sure you give her a big Let's Get Real welcome!
 

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I'm not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.

1) Follow all your co-hosts. We follow back! Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.

Christina: Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google +/Instagram
Nicole: Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google +/Instagram
Nicky:Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+
Gaye:Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+
Mackenzie:Blog/Twitter/Facebook/Google +


2) Please don't link and run! Follow and comment on at least 3 other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let's show them some love!


3) Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.


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We will be pinning our favorites!!


My Let's Get Real Featured blogger this week is:

(Drum Roll Please!)

 
 
Michelle is my feature this week with her garlic scape, basil, and almond pesto.  Can I just say how awesome this tastes in a whole wheat wrap with tomatoes!  So good!  One of my new summer favorites.
 
 
 
 


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Juggling Real Food and Real Life Presents.........Taste and See's Creamy Chocolate-Banana Smoothie (Dairy Free)

Our next finalist is Sara from Taste and See.  She is a real food sister who came to realize the problems with processed foods in much the same way that I did.  She is a wonderful real food resource.  Check out her recipe and then head over to her blog  Taste and See for more healthy and delicious recipes.  

Now here is Sara...............

My name is Sara and I am a Christian, wife, mother and homemaker. I cook and blog about real, whole foods, many of which are grain and dairy-free. My journey with real food started in 2010 with a series of unexplained symptoms that plagued me day and night. Pretty soon I discovered a connection between my diet (and specific trigger foods) and my seemingly unrelated symptoms. A radical diet change thus ensued. Not only did I move away from the typical Standard American Diet to unprocessed, nutrient-dense eating, but I eliminated many trigger foods as well (such as gluten and dairy). It was tough to say the least. I missed all the quick foodId become accustomed to and all the things I felt I was missing and that others around me were able to eat freely.



Sara Taste and See


But I felt better, so I stuck with it. And then it began getting better. And better. And better. NowI wouldnt go back to my old diet for anything!

I created my blog as a way to help others. Diet change is so challenging (shouldnt everything else in life stop while I figure this out?) and resources are crucial. I hope to encourage others wherever they are on their real food journey and to continue learning myself.

I have to say that smoothies are one of my all-time favorite foods. And this time of year just shouts smoothies”—okay, let me just insert here that I will and do eat smoothies ANY time of the year, but summer is an especially wonderful time for these delicious cold treats. Warm weather; ripe, plump produce around and about; it justgoes together. Needless to say, Ive been slurping up some kind of smoothie almost every day over the last month and theres no sign of letting up any time soon. (My poor blender doesnt stand a chance.)

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite combinations so far.






Taste and See's Creamy Chocolate-Banana Smoothie (Dairy Free)
 
 

 



The banana, avocado, coconut milk and almond butter provide a creamy texture without the use of dairy (although you can definitely use dairy if youd like). And the chocolate and honey make it taste amazing. This dessert-type smoothie is perfect for an after-dinner treat.

Taste and See's Creamy Chocolate-Banana Smoothie (Dairy Free) (Makes 2 servings)



Taste and See's Creamy Chocolate-Banana Smoothie (Dairy Free)



 
 
  • 1 frozen banana, extra-ripe
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I like to use homemade coconut milk)
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey (more or less to taste)
  • dash of sea salt
  • 4-6 ice cubes


Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

 

Enjoy!
 
Looking for a breakfast smoothie? Give this green breakfast smoothie a try!

Big thank you to Christina for having me today and to you for stopping by to check out my recipe! Please, leave a comment to vote for my recipe in this competition.

Now it's your turn...........leave your comments below and cast your vote for Sara's Creamy Chocolate-Banana Smoothie. Are you a fruit smoothie person or is chocolate what really gets you excited? Do you like to add vegetables to yours? Do eat your smoothies as a breakfast, lunch, snack or dessert? Have you ever used basil in a smoothie?

Make sure you check back tomorrow for another great smoothie recipe!


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