3 ingredient banana mango smoothie with fun Easter bunny cups

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My ex sent over this link the other day since I am with the kids over the Easter holidays. My kids loved the idea so I went out yesterday to get the stuff that I needed.

This is a fun craft coupled with some delicious healthy foods.. perfect… we don’t do the traditional chocolate Easter bunny type thing anyway.

The stuff I needed I was able to pick up really cheap at the local Dollar store. Here’s what I got.

  • Plastic cups
  • Straws
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Markers
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun and glue

We used pipe cleaners for the nose rather than “pom poms” that were suggested (because I forgot to get them).

I think the above was about $7.

I didn’t know which “colour” the kids would want to make so I bought the ingredients for all smoothies. We’ll probably make more over the next couple days anyway.

For the banana mango smoothie I bought:

  • Frozen mango chunks
  • Almond milk

I already had some frozen banana chunks in the freezer.

This recipe wasn’t one of the ones listed in the above link but I adopted it from the “yellow” one. Rather than two cups of mangoes I used one each of mangoes and bananas.

Here are the exact ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (although any milk will do I’m sure)
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cups frozen banana chunks

Then just blend.

After we designed the cups, the kids helped with making the smoothie as well. They are sorta bored with that part though cause we have been making them for years.

Check out the pics below. Miazey didn’t feel like posing, just wanted to drink it up. Garyn is quite proud of his creation! 🙂

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Are white vegetables bad for you?

There is a common notion that the more colorful a plant food, the more nutritious that it is. And while that may be true, this is not an indication that white or pale veggies should be over looked. At least not according to a recent study published by the American Society for Nutrition.

http://www.naturalnews.com/044000_pale_produce_nutrients_potatoes.html

A friend of mine talks all the time about eating from the rainbow. And just the sight of colorful plants like rainbow chard gets her excited about the potential of the nutrients abundant in the food.

Sadly though, there is the unfortunate side effect that she looks at a parsnip as a dull lifeless carrot, and a white potato as a yam with the nutrients sucked out of it.

These pale vegetables are rich in fiber, potassium and magnesium, and often they are much more affordable than there colorful cousins.

The point I guess is not to dismiss them, and certainly not to look at them as unhealthy, or only containing empty or negative calories.

So, if you enjoy onions, fennel, parsnips, cauliflower, and potatoes and are consuming them regularly, you are doing your body some justice.

While raw may not be as appealing for some, lightly steamed isn’t a bad choice.

Have a peek at this article which talks about the health benefits of specific white vegetables.

Are nightshades really bad for you?

Now I know what you might be thinking. Is he really suggesting we resort to eating nightshades? That has been a common point of dissension since this post has been published. We address that here.

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