No Chocolate Chocolate Smoothie

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Everyone,

The first time I gave these smoothies to my kids, Butterfly said, “Oh wow! Chocolate!” Sadly, there is no chocolate in this drink, but the kids just guzzle it down. It’s oh so healthy and super easy to make.

First, you start with some yogurt. I use the yogurt I make in my crock pot using whole milk and this recipe. Totally works.

Next, add some honey. I honestly eyeball the honey in my smoothie. I’m guessing it’s about a 1/4 of a cup that I add. I add the honey because frankly, that yogurt I make is not sweetened and is pretty strong! I’m sure you can use less honey if you want or omit it completely if you’re using sweetened yogurt. I just choose not to.

Then toss in some fruit. I’ve got small bags of 8-10 strawberries frozen in my freezer that work out perfectly. I also really like bananas, frozen kiwi (just skin the kiwi and pop them in individual bags in the freezer), frozen blueberries, etc. You can use any fruit you’d like. We just happen to love strawberries and blueberries here so that’s what we use the most. You can use fresh fruit if you’d like. I like using the frozen stuff because it makes the smoothie cold and have a good smoothie texture.

Now this is the secret ingredient. Spinach. You read it right, a whole huge handful of spinach. I buy it in big bunches from the Asian market here. Wash it, and break any stems off and put it into the blender. You don’t have to dry it because the extra water helps it blend together.

Next, drop in a few ice cubes. If you can.

This last step is important. Add a splash of juice. You can use any kind of juice, but I like the nectars that are a little more thick. I also LOVE to put carrot juice in here. Right now I happen to have guava nectar.

Now blend! If you find that the spinach isn’t blending down, stop the blender and push it down. You can also add another splash or 2 of juice or even milk to get things moving.

Smoothie Before it's Blended

No Chocolate Chocolate Smoothie

1 cup whole milk plain yogurt
1/4 cup honey (or less)
8-10 strawberries, frozen or fresh
any other fruit you want- bananas, blueberries, kiwi (which is excellent frozen), pineapple, pears, berries, peaches
one BIG handful of fresh spinach, stems broken off and washed
one handful of ice, or 6-8 ice cubes
a splash of juice- 100% carrot preferably

Blend it up and enjoy! Makes enough for 3 full tall sippy cups of it as well as a 16 oz glass for me.

Yes, it’s brown when it’s blended. Yes, Butterfly thinks there is chocolate in it and I haven’t told her there isn’t. Yes, it’s GOOD. This is what Butterfly requested on the morning of her birthday for breakfast. I don’t have an after picture for you (I think I was tired that morning) but it’s really great. I feel good that the kids are getting their veggies in, and also their fruits and yogurt!

Today’s giveaway is a big one. First, look at this cute picture of me and my boys.

doublecarryergo

Aren’t we adorable. We were hiking with Lolli and her family in Harper’s Ferry that day. I had one of Lolli’s wraps on the front and a Ergo carrier on the back. It was my very first use of it and it was amazing. Boy do I love this carrier. It’s easy to put on. It’s easy to put the kid in. And it’s so very comfortable! I like that I can carry both boys around and still have my hands free with this set up.

Now, after having it for over 2 months, the boys scream “RIDE!!” whenever they see it. I either leave it in the car tucked under the seat (and out of sight) or I’m constantly getting it shoved in my face with little boys who want to ride in it. Juice has even carried Butterfly around in it, in all her 60 lbs of limbs. And really, the carrier can withstand up to 90 lbs so she’s perfectly safe. She even said it was really comfortable.

Do you want one? I have one to give away. It looks just like the one I’m carrying Pirate with on my back in the picture.

To enter, you must do 2 things. First, leave a comment. I love comments. Next, you have to join my blog via my cool new thing: Google Friend Connect. If you were a previous follower of my blog before, you get an extra entry! And for one more extra entry, you can tweet about it, including @safirecat so I can keep track of them.

As always, this giveaway will end a week from today.

Happy Commenting and let me know how you like that smoothie!

Safire

26 Comments (+add yours!)

  1. Kirsten
    May 13, 2010 @ 21:22:48

    What’ a cute picture of you and the boys. I’ve always wanted to try the ergo carrier. I’ve heard great things about them. The smoothie looks delicious. I could go for one right now! I will have to try sometime soon. Now I’m off to join the friend connect thingy.

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  2. DeannaVS
    May 13, 2010 @ 21:32:08

    Heya! Just stopping by to say Hello at your new digs! :)

    The smoothie sounds very intriguing! Snippet is a fruit-hater, but he’ll eat little bites in his yogurt. Maybe it’s time to try a smoothie on him!

    Snippet and I are in big-time love with our Ergo carrier, too! It was a Christmas gift to myself in December, and I’m so amazed at how comfortable it is. Even the dogs get excited when I pull it out of the closet! They love our long family walks, too!

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  3. Mom
    May 13, 2010 @ 21:46:20

    Cute picture! I guess we’ll have to try that smoothie when you’re here!

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  4. CK
    May 14, 2010 @ 00:02:41

    SWEET!!!!!!! I just found this blog (via SITS- awesome) and read this post and have 2 things to say.
    1. I think your smoothie idea is AWESOME and I am going to try to make it ASAP!!! Yum, yum, yum! (Too bad my blender is in storage because we are in transit/moving… but maybe I can arrange something- the smoothie looks SO good… and I am always trying to think of dinners/meals that I can call chocolate or cake or whatever but fill it with veggies so my will eat them!!!)
    2. This carrier looks AMAZING. And you look like an AMAZING mommy for using it to heft two children up a mountain. Are you super Mom? I’m not joking. I have 3 kids (2 yrs, 15 mo, and 2 mo) and I use the moby wrap all the time but never thought to put a kid on my back but that might be great considering I carry the other one on my hip and its torture! Although, my shoulders are pretty shot too.
    Anyway, I am SO glad I found this blog when I did! I think I happened upon it just the right time considering today is May 13 and I get to enter the giveaway before its over. When is it, anyway? Over, I mean…

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  5. CK
    May 14, 2010 @ 00:06:28

    Do I get a second entry for becoming a follower? Commenting just in case. I really am excited to follow this blog!

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  6. Valinda
    May 14, 2010 @ 00:51:04

    Your smoothie looks good, I’ll have to try it out on George she can use all the hidden nutrition I can force into her. I like the carrier and if it holds up to 90 lbs I could use it on all 3 of my kids :) – well Fred might be a bit tall ;)

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  7. Jayme
    May 14, 2010 @ 08:16:31

    Do you taste the spinach? We do fruit and yogurt smoothies but I’ve never thrown spinach or any other veggies in.
    I’m hungry now though, thinking about smoothies LOL

    LOVE that Ergo!

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    • Safire
      May 14, 2010 @ 13:21:04

      Nope, you don’t taste the spinach at all. I think probably because there are a lot of other things in it. Smoothies are a great way to toss in some (more bland) veggies in and get the kids to eat them. :)

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  8. WENDI
    May 14, 2010 @ 09:21:37

    I LOVED THE INTERVIEW THAT YOU DID ON MOMS OF MULTIPLES AND I CAN UNDERSTAND ABOUT MOVING AWAY FROM FAMILY.

    ABOUT 3 MONTHS AFTER OUR TWIN GIRLS WERE BORN, AND I ALSO HAD A 2 YEAR OLD WE MOVED OVER 3000 MILES TO N. VIRGINIA SO MY HUSBAND COULD TAKE A JOB WITH THE FEDERAL GOV. WE LOVE IT HEAR BUT WE DO MISS OUR FAMILY AND THAT IS WHY I BLOG..IT IS A GREAT JOURNAL AND IT ALSO HELPS KEEP OUR FAMILY UP TO DATE

    YOU HAVE A GREAT BLOG AND IT IS FUN TO VISIT!!

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  9. kristin
    May 14, 2010 @ 10:08:20

    your smoothie looks great. going to get some spinach & make this. I’d love to win an ergo carrier for my daughter, a new mom.

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  10. Jessica
    May 14, 2010 @ 19:57:51

    these “no-chocolate” smoothies look yummy! I’m going to have to try them! Great giveaway!

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  11. MommyForTwo
    May 15, 2010 @ 20:40:51

    You never cease to amaze with your creative and always tasty recipes.

    I love ergos too, but have never given it to myself as a gift! I always borrow one.

    Now I have to figure out google whatever you said….:)
    You are pushing me in my technology comfort zone :/

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  12. Stephanie R
    May 16, 2010 @ 00:45:15

    Hi! I just found your blog from Blog Hop Friday, and I came by to follow. I am excited about this smoothie recipe because our daughter got a teeny, tiny taste of chocolate once, and now she’s like an animal. We don’t give it to her (she’s only 8 months), but I don’t know how we’re going to keep her from going wild when she’s old enough to ask for it over and over and over again :) Now, I have an idea of what to do! Thanks for posting this!

    Also, I am following you on GFC (stephanierosenhahn), and I would love a chance to win this baby carrier! We are from Colorado, and I would love to be able to take my daughter hiking with this when we get back home!

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  13. Stephanie R
    May 16, 2010 @ 00:49:55

    I tweeted about this giveaway!

    @asthepotter
    link: http://twitter.com/asthepotter/status/14078839594

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  14. Rosemarie
    May 16, 2010 @ 10:20:28

    Oh wow – you must have a great back – I don’t know if I could have carried both my girls at that age! :)

    Enter me in! With this new little one coming it will definitely come in handy.

    Good luck everyone!

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  15. Kelly
    May 16, 2010 @ 11:52:33

    How do you carry two boys at once? Seriously? I get tired carrying Olivia around and she’s no where near the weight of two toddlers. You are a brave woman. :) I will have to try the smoothie. If it really hides the spinach taste, then it’s a must for us as Aidan and I are not big fans. And since I was a follower of your old blog, does that count as an entry? If you have any other smoothie recipes, you’ll have to share them!

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  16. Karen
    May 16, 2010 @ 15:32:25

    I lover our ergo! If I win I’ll give this to a friend who just had a baby boy.

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  17. Dana
    May 16, 2010 @ 22:59:03

    I love how you are able to do a double carry. I’m wondering if that would work for me too. I have a 13 m/o that’s about 23 lbs. and a 3 y/o that’s about 33 lbs. Bet it’s a great workout!!

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  18. Dana
    May 16, 2010 @ 23:01:59

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  19. Sarah
    May 19, 2010 @ 05:13:08

    Alright! I manged to join friend conect and tweet about the contest, now I just hope I’m not entering too late. Btw can I use some of your yogurt as a starter? It sounds cool. Oh and I’m definitly trying that smoothie.

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  20. Mary
    May 19, 2010 @ 23:02:31

    I wasn’t going to try for this, but my one year old is hard to deal with at dinner time. He wants to be near me and I need him out of reach of hot things. I love smoothies too so we will be trying this soon.

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  21. Meg
    May 19, 2010 @ 23:07:08

    Long time reader! First time commenting… I think! Would love to try that carrier! It looks comfortable for all! :)

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  22. yoko
    May 20, 2010 @ 21:26:03

    I have 4 baby carriers but they all hurt my back after 30min. and realized that lots of people are using Ergo around the town. They must be really good.
    I gotta try it since you are still ok with 2 kids at once!

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  23. CK
    Jul 16, 2010 @ 02:55:10

    I finally tried spinach in my smoothie! And you know what? It was GOOD! Yummy, yummy. My sister and I have made the smoothies over and over since then.

    PS Did you ever pull a winner for this prize? I checked a week later and never saw a post about it. Is it still an open giveaway? I’m confused.

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