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Actually Delicious Kale Smoothie

 

Kale, the garnish that became a trendy food overnight. When I think of Kale, I think of the Modern Family episode where Mitch visited the Farmers Market.

Cameron: Hey daddy, how was the farmer’s market?
Mitchell: Well, it was great but…guess what the new spinach is?
Cameron: Umm..radicchio?
Mitchell: [pulling a bunch out of his basket] Kale!
Cameron: [gasps] No!

It took me a while to get on the kale train. It can be pretty overpowering and high maintenance to get it to taste good. In the past, when roasting it, my husband has literally said what smells like farts in here…. so we don’t eat it often. But when I do, I typically enjoy it most with olive oil and spices, roasted in the oven until it turns potato chip like crispy. I’ve read some health benefits of this darling, hip garnish, that it’s high in fiber, has powerful antioxidants, high in iron and vitamin K…the list goes on. I’m a fan of incorporating more veggies into your diet any way that you can. As a parent, I feel like my mission is to incorporate as many hidden veggies into things as I can. For anything green, I usually tell him it’s what the Incredible Hulk eats and he may try a bite. But smoothies are the easiest place for me to incorporate a veggie that doesn’t taste awful.

When I first tried this smoothie, my, at the time, 2 year old downed it. He grabbed my cup and chugged. He was none the wiser that it had and vegetables and absolutely enjoyed it. This time around, now that he’s a year older (and has started to say “when I used to be a kid”) he’s not as easily convinced that this smoothie tastes good, but trust me it does! If you are looking for something refreshing for a snack or light breakfast, give this a try. I was feeling sassy the other day and topped this with some chia pudding. The result….delicious! I’m going to add the chia pudding recipe below as well, just in case you are also feeling sassy.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Toss everything into your blender and mix it up! Simple! For the chia pudding, I use 1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened, 2 tbsp chia seeds and 1 packet stevia. Pour the milk in a mason jar. Add in the chia seeds and sweetener of your choice. Place the lid on top and shake the jar for a few seconds. Pop it in the fridge and let it sit overnight. For this smoothie, I added about half of the prepared pudding to it.

Notes

Adapted from Annie’s Eats.

Better Than Classic Strawberry Milkshake

 

Not much makes me smile more than a good milkshake. Like a reaaaaally good milkshake. For some reason they make me think of my grandfather and that’s a happy memory. This particular recipe incorporates fresh strawberries in addition to strawberry ice cream. And yes, those strawberries albeit fresh are sprinkled with some sugar, but this still counts as a healthier milkshake, right? Ok, probably not, but it is super delicious. What was most fun about creating this version was sharing the experience with my little one.
 You can see from these couple shots, he was enjoying the photo shoot. He started digging in before I was done shooting, so I guess you can say these are really good. The pure enjoyment on his face is priceless. I could lie and say mine wasn’t the same, but it was #noshame. He also really likes to help out when I make smoothies, so he was happy to help when he thought I was making him his usual smoothie. I think he was even more excited when he discovered it was ice cream. I also love how he chucked the strawberry garnish to the side to get straight to business. I know where he gets that from.

But more about this milkshake, the fresh sweetened strawberries add an element of fresh strawberry sauce, which you could totally incorporate by the way. I happened to use local homemade strawberry ice cream that was out of this world. I think that the quality of the ice cream helps here too. Really, give this version a try and sit back and wait for the gleeful smile to take over your face!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut the strawberries and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with some sugar and set aside. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. In you blender, scoop our a couple of healthy scoops of vanilla and strawberry ice cream. Add the milk. Add in the sugar coated strawberries.
  3. My blender happens to have a milkshake mode (it's like we were meant for each other!), If yours does not, you may want to run it a couple of times to make sure the ingredients are incorporated. If your milkshake is too think, add some additional milk to help thin it out. Serve immediately!

Notes

This is an original recipe

Passionfruit Iced Tea

 

It’s Thirsty Thurs-yay! To celebrate, I have a Passion Fruit Iced Tea recipe to share. A few weeks ago I posted a passion fruit cocktail that used a homemade passion fruit simple syrup. Since I didn’t want to over do it on the cocktails (ok, full disclosure I ran out of blood oranges and had to stop), I had some syrup left and started to think of some recipes where I could use it. Immediately I thought, iced tea. It’s so simple! But it was so much more than simple, it was absolutely delicious. It reminded me of a fruit infused iced tea that I LOVE and order every time we visit this restaurant. The only thing missing in this version were the little pieces of fruit. I think that would be a very nice addition to the iced tea. And you really could get creative with the fruit, strawberries, mango… whatever you want to add in! What I like about homemade tea is that you can make it as sweet as you would like, so if you prefer to not drink sugar water and enjoy the flavors of the drink this is definitely the way to go. But, if you prefer a sweeter drink, just add more syrup. I mean there is fruit in it after all! I happened to use a box of tea that I had, and followed the instructions to brew the tea, It was basically 2 c boiling water with 5 tea bags. Let it sit for about 5 minutes and then add it to a pitcher with 3 cups of ice. Boom! Ready to go. I keep the syrup separate and add it as I want a glass. So easy, simple ingredients without a ton of chemicals in it. I also opted for decaf tea since I’m addicted to coffee and get more of my fair share of caffeine daily and I can then enjoy this in the evening and not be up all night. And now, I can enjoy a glass while Mother Nature tortures us with yet ANOTHER snow storm apparently on the way for tomorrow. Really Mother Nature?! Best April Fools joke I suppose? I have to be honest at this point I would have preferred a joke that included unseasonably warm weather.

Pina Colada Smoothie

Happy Thurs-yay! It’s just after 9AM here, and I already feel like I need a cocktail. It’s 5:00 somewhere, right?! Thankfully I created this smoothie recipe which is based off the popular sugary pina colada, but this version is much healthier and does not include the alcohol. It’s the perfect breakfast treat or mid-afternoon tropical escape. I find coconut milk very refreshing and this smoothie really hits the spot with freshness sans the extra calories and refined sugar. I find as we get closer to spring I start craving those lighter flavors more and more. With our yard now covered in a fresh 15 inch layer of snow, I find his smoothie especially refreshing. Have I mentioned how refreshing it is? Added bonus it’s family friendly so everyone can enjoy this!

Happy Thurs-yay! It’s just after 9AM here, and I already feel like I need a cocktail. It’s 5:00 somewhere, right?! Thankfully I created this smoothie recipe which is based off the popular sugary pina colada, but this version is much healthier and does not include the alcohol. It’s the perfect breakfast treat or mid-afternoon tropical escape. I find coconut milk very refreshing and this smoothie really hits the spot with freshness sans the extra calories and refined sugar. I find as we get closer to spring I start craving those lighter flavors more and more. With our yard now covered in a fresh 15 inch layer of snow, I find his smoothie especially refreshing. Have I mentioned how refreshing it is? Added bonus it’s family friendly so everyone can enjoy this!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients, except shredded coconut, into a blender and blend together. Once combined, you can place toasted coconut right on top.
  2. To toast the coconut, place in a pan and heat stirring often. Watch coconut carefully because it will turn from toasted to burnt very quickly.

Notes

This is a Will Sing For Dessert original recipe.

Thirsty Thurs-yay

Thirsty Thurs-yay! It’s a good day for a cocktail. Is that an appropriate thought for the morning? Anyway, this drink is where it’s at. I had recently traveled to NY and had lunch at Eataly. There, I had the pleasure of meeting the BEST drink I’ve ever had. You’d think that I would remember the name, but of course I don’t. But what I did remember was the refreshing combination of flavors. Basil, passionfruit, blood orange. So, I recreated this boozy version of the best drink ever. I made a passion fruit simple syrup which was super easy and something you could add to sweeten iced tea, or mix a bit with some sparkling water…and muddle some basil into that. I will say was a bit hesitant to try basil in a drink. This is coming from someone who it literally obsessed with basil. But, I was pleasantly surprised (shocker).

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. *For the simple syrup, combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and bring to a boil. Whisk until sugar is completely dissolved. Add in 1 c passion fruit pulp (about 6 passion fruits) and let simmer for about a minute more. Strain the liquid and let cool before using.
  2. For the drink, add simple syrup and basil leaves to a measuring cup and muddle together until the leaves are bruised and fragrant. Stir in the orange juice, lime juice and rum. I recommend tasting the mixture here. You can always add more syrup to sweeten it a bit if you prefer a sweeter cocktail.
  3. Using a lime or orange, rub the rim of each glass and dip in sugar. Divide the juice mixture among 4 glasses, filled with ice. Top off each glass with some sparkling water (to taste), and garnish with additional fruit or basil leaves.

Notes

This is a Will Sing for Dessert Original recipe.