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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Can't get your kids to eat veggies? Try this yummy drink! (THM)

Do you have a hard time getting your little ones to eat enough veggies? If you're anything like this southern mama then the answer would be yes. Even though I try as I might I'm just not a lover of veggies and neither are my kids. We eat them but there's no love going on there most of the time. We definitely don't get enough fresh vegetables every day, especially during the winter months.

God revealed a recipe in my Trim Healthy Mama book to me recently. "Earth Milk,' page 425.

I had glanced over it before while I was reading but was in no way ready to blend up some vanilla salad. O.O

When God touches your heart, He touches it my friends. And that is exactly what He recently did to mine. I prayed and He answered.

The above picture is my two year old daughter enjoying some 'Earth Milk.'

And below is my 4, almost 5 year old drinking some. The love this stuff!

For those of you Trim Healthy Mama's, THM's recipe is on page 425. I recently made myself some and was shocked at how yummy it was! So of course I had my littles try some and all but one loved it! I even saw my 12 year old drinking a little before bed yesterday.

I made mine a Fuel Pull so I could drink it with whatever meal type I would be eating. When I saw how much my girls loved it I decided to make them their own S batch using a little organic sugar and stevia. As Serene stated, I didn't use tea in theirs either. In mine I used Oolong.

Oh my... talk about happy kiddos and a happy mama! I have been praying to God to figure out how to get more vegetables into my little one year old. She was my main focus. I can tell the others to eat their vegetables and enforce it but have you ever tried making a one year old eat something they don't like? Oy...

Then after having my Trim Healthy Mama book for almost a year God led me to the 'Earth Milk' recipe and BOOM ... life-changing.

My one year old drinks it with great enthusiasm! 10 points for Mom!!! And even more thanks to Serene!!

If you are needing a way to get veggies into your little ones without them fighting you or gagging, this may be a blessing for you too! It has a creamy, vanilla milk flavor. I don't quite know how it happens but it does. You can smell the greens but once you take a sip you won't even notice. You'll be too busy getting excited about not having to eat a salad with lunch (or dinner) everyday. That last part may just be me. lol

Oh... and one more plus! My veggie disliking hubby tasted this drink and said he could drink it everyday to get his veggies. Praise God!!!!

'Earth Milk," by Serene Allison. It's kid approved and hubby approved!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup shake (Can be made an S or FP)

I love, love, love Reese's peanut butter eggs, tree, pumpkins, you name it!
 (please excuse the spelling on the picture. I was in a hurry to drink it! lol)

So when some brilliant woman on the THM FB group posted this I tried it immediately and whoa is me. This girl almost didn't know what to do. It was incredible! The funny thing was that the woman who posted the recipe didn't remember who the original recipe creator was and was trying to thank her.

Long story short, I don't remember who she was but she humbly came forth laughing. She had no idea her little creation would make a ridiculous amount of women happy and boy did it!

This treat of a drink can be made as an S or a FP... you choose. It's terrific both ways!

S Version:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein (I use Swanson's like Pearl and Serene suggest. I too love it!)
  • 4 tsp. Truvia
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • a few sprinkles of pure white stevia
  • dash of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened creamy peanut butter (I use Adams)
  • 1 Tbsp. Cocoa (I heap mine, just sayin ;)
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
*Add all ingredients before hot water and ice into blender and start. Add hot water (this will melt the coconut oil ;) and then ice. Add as much ice as you desire.*

Now.. if you're in no mood to do the whole water boiling thing and I'll admit it, sometimes I'm def. not in the mood and neither are my kiddos. They want mama now and mama wants her drink. So oftentimes this mom will do the Fuel Pull version. Praise God for Peanut Flour from Netrition.com! Gosh I love that stuff!

FP Version:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (if you really want to lower your calories you can use half water and half almond milk)
  • 1 scoop SF vanilla whey protein powder
  • 4 tsp. Truvia
  • a few sprinkles (to taste) of pure white stevia
  • dash of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Peanut Flour
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. cocoa
Mix all ingredients into your blender and give it a go! Add your ice and soon you will be in chocolate peanut butter heaven!

*Mama warning* If you let your kiddos try this be prepared, they will not sip a little to try it. They will guzzle it down!