Pink smoothies for my Valentines

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Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

I‘m one of those mushy folks who loves Valentine’s day and all of the silliness and sweetness that go along with it. Actually, I tend to enjoy silly and sweet all year long, but especially in the name of love.

During the month of February I like to decorate with hearts and pinks and reds and lots of X’s and O’s.  My Valentiney silliness spills over into the kitchen, too, where I cannot help but spoil my sweets with sweets.

Yesterday was a rainy day and kind of dreary.  We needed a little treat to add some sunshine to the day.  So, I made pink smoothies for my Valentines.  Lucy, my four year old, was my sidekick in the kitchen (as she usually is).

While a food photographer I am not, I thought I’d share what Lucy and I whipped up so you and your Valentines can enjoy a sweet treat, too.

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Pink smoothies for my Valentines

When I make smoothies I’m not one for exact measuring.  I add enough liquid to mix and make it drinkable.  Other than that, we just eye-ball our ingredients and gave it a whirl in the blender.

I included a handful of carrots (which you could easily leave out) for some extra healthy benefits and because I knew the color wouldn’t change the pink of the other ingredients the way adding kale or spinach would.

Ingredients used in our pink smoothies:

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Carrots
  • Orange juice
  • Greek yogurt
  • Honey

Tip:  If you decide to add carrots to your smoothie, add the carrots first and puree them with some of the oj first in order to get them really well blended into your smoothie.  Then, add the rest of your ingredients and blend as usual.

Lucy, age 4, helped in the kitchen by:

  • peeling and chopping the bananas
  • taking the leaves off of the strawberries
  • adding a few spoonfuls of yogurt to the blender
  • putting the fruit and carrots into the blender
  • getting our jar/glasses ready and putting in the straws

Will you be serving up any sweets to your sweets this week?

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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

Comments

  1. I Love these! Great idea about the carrots too. I’m going to have to pull out my blender as I usually just make smoothies with our handblender. However, I can’t imagine it would handle carrots very well!! I’m a bit of a Valentine’s junkie too~ though this year we’ve all been sick for 2 weeks so things are a bit more understated :) Thanks for the fab recipe!

  2. I love good, healthy smoothies so I also like to add raw nuts like pecans, walnuts to the blender first along with my soy milk, process and then add the other ingredients which usually include a banana, ice, and beet greens, spinach or kale that I divide and put into the freezer after washing. No need to thaw when adding to your smoothie.

  3. Do you use raw carrots? I’ve never added carrots to our smoothies, but maybe I’ll try it out!

    • Yes, Kelly, raw carrots. I usually use baby carrots but if I’m using regular carrots I might pre-chop a bit beforehand. Adding carrots is a trick I learned from my cousin last summer and I’ve been doing it on a regular basis ever since :-)

      Hope this helps!

  4. Where do strawberries grow in February?

    • Florida. I live in GA, & our strawberries come just one state up. But if you can’t get in-season berries where you are at, and have a big freezer, plan ahead this year. Buy them dirt cheap in the summer, and freeze for winter smoothies. We just finished off our freezer fruit stash, as I realized spring is just around the corner.

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