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.
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:
- Orange juice
- Greek yogurt
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?