All natural, real food ingredients blend up into a tasty, sweet concoction that kids of all ages will love.
As I continue on this dairy-, soy-, sugar-, grain-, and alcohol-free diet, I find myself considering my own children’s regular fare. I thought they were eating pretty healthfully, but my recent label reading has revealed that I was slightly mistaken.
First, please understand: I don’t believe that any food that God made is bad. What we’ve done to it in the production or processing of it is an entirely different story. That is what befuddles and frustrates me.
I find myself at another cross-roads. The food supply in our country is complicated. Food should not be complicated. Trying to figure out what to feed your family should not be complicated, but it is.
I’m abstaining from sugar for a season. While I do so, I see and hear my children’s cravings for the same. I’d like to think that I’ve been reducing their sugar intake, but as I read more labels, I realize how much hidden sugar is in foods I would consider “healthy”, including nitrate-free sausage from the health food store. Tons of meat products have sugar in them!
In my efforts to curb our sugar cravings, I’m transitioning our sweets to be those that God made, like smoothies, homemade juices, fruit for dessert, etc.
This smoothie full of naturally sweet mango and banana fills the bill quite nicely. Even me, the one with Banana Issues, likes it. Try it and let me know what YOU think. Better yet, tell me what your kids think.
Recipe: Coconut Mango Banana Smoothie
- 1 small banana, sliced
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks, do not thaw
- 1/2 cup light canned coconut milk
- 1/4 cup crushed ice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.
- To make-ahead: freeze the smoothie in a freezer-proof container with a lid. Thaw at room temperature until desired thawing is achieved.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 1