It’s Wednesday! Around here, we call it “bump day.” Each and every Wednesday we’ll post a tip, trick, gadget, or something fun and random to get you through the rest of the week.
It’s Valentine’s Day on Friday, so I thought I’d create one of my favorite smoothies for the occasion. And guess what? Because of the holiday, strawberries are on sale at the grocery store (one of the main ingredients)! They were originally $11 for a carton, but now they are $10. Woo-hoo, time to celebrate!
Most people I know are not big on the holiday. Even though my husband and I go out to dinner every year (it’s a guaranteed date night planned way in advance, can’t complain about that), we don’t go crazy either and just exchange cutesy V-day cards. Actually, the cards have been lacking in the past few years, because of the not-so-great selection on the island. But we make do.
What I do love though about Valentine’s Day, or what I used to love, is the little cards the kiddies get in school. They are so cute, and every year growing up, I loved getting the cards. Some had smells, some had candy, and some were handmade. Of course, it didn’t matter that I obligatorily received one from every student in my class, I still felt special. Now, because every holiday becomes more special with a child, this year my little one is 4, in preschool, and at the best age when Valentine’s Day still means something and hasn’t become jaded or thought of simply as a Hallmark made-up holiday.
Unfortunately, Gwyneth’s school is on mid-term break on Thursday and Friday so there won’t be any notice coming home that we must send in valentines for every child, but I’m feeling crafty this year and thought it would be a nice little something for the kids to receive anyway.
So today, she arrived at school with these little goodie bags to pass around. And, of course, I included one for her as well because she’d be devastated if she didn’t have one. She’s 4, you understand – lol!
Since my generation of parents are stoned and exiled for giving children even one piece of candy, I thought I’d add goldfish to the mix. Not exactly healthy, but not candy either. What do you think?
They were super easy to make, so if you’re scrambling and looking for something a little different for your child’s school, look no further=) The hardest part, honestly, was creating the card at the top.
Alright, moving on. Ever try to do something really good, like being healthy, and something bad happens in return? Well, there was a casualty when I was preparing this smoothie. As a smoothie junkie, several years ago my husband and I invested in a Vitamix. And, yes, I mean invested because it has quite the price tag. When I was blending the ingredients together, I accidentally used the wand thingy without the lid!!! Look at the damage!
If you’ve never done this before, it comes as a huge surprise. I jumped and shouted obscenities. I could actually hear the broken plastic swirling around in the blender after it happened. My poor wand thingy. This is my third wand, btw.
Well, the first batch ended up down the sink. And thank goodness I had enough ingredients for a second round. I love this recipe because you can make it with either fresh or frozen fruit/veg, and it still tastes wonderful. I usually make most of my smoothies with frozen fruit because some ingredients are harder to find fresh here in Barbados. This time, though, I made it using all fresh ingredients, which kind of made my first batch fiasco a bit more saddening (as you’ve learned and probably figured out from the cost of the strawberries, fruit can be quite expensive here). Anyway, here it is and I hope you enjoy!
- 1 banana
- 6 large or 9 medium strawberries
- 1/2 cup of blueberries
- 1/2 cup of spinach
- 2 Chinese cabbage leaves
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk
- 3/4 cup of cold water
- 1 tbsp of flaxseed (or protein) powder
- Place all ingredients into your blender, and blend on high until you reach a smooth consistency. Add more water for a thinner smoothie. This recipe can be made with fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.
Do you have any Valentine’s Day plans? Excited about the holiday?