Joanna Anastasia

smoothie

Simple hack to serve kids more veggies and fruits in one serving

After months of quarantine at home with kids I’m pretty much out of ideas for cooking healthy meals and preparing healthy snacks. And when our days all look the same it’s hard to find new special ways to motivate kids to eat their veggies more than ever, am I right? 

I’m sure we all feel the same now- we’re tired. We’re taking care of children during quarantine and we’re making sure they eat right and are stimulated and educated… it’s exhausting.

But just when I was ready to throw the towel and abandon the idea of feeding my kids anything other than carbs I remembered Evive Smoothies. Absolutely delicious and chocked full of nutrition in every cube! I think they’re absolutely amazing for breakfast as a simple smoothie bowl! Or for a midday snack in the form of a smoothie- and they are the only smoothies that are ready to use, without a blender needed!

I discovered them last year as my mom-on-the go breakfast idea. They’re unique on the market as they come in a form of cubes that are ready to be popped in a mason jar, covered with milk or water and ready to be enjoyed in no time . ( They will dissolve on their own within 10-15 min) . But if you want to have them ready within seconds,  you can also use a blender- I think they’re delicious either way!

My kids current obsession is Touk-Touk ( a sunny blend of tropical fruits, veggies and plant based proteins) that is also a flavour of a wonderful project in collaboration with the Breakfast Club of Canada.  During the first two weeks of June, they will be donating a percentage of all their sales of Touk-Touk flavour towards this amazing cause!

Now, if you enjoy cooking you can use the Evive smoothies in your meal prep! As a base for frozen treats or in pinterest-worthy smoothie bowls. But since I’m a mom like you (currently in quarantine mode without schools nor daycare) I simply make the most delicious smoothies for my kids! That they actually drink !

Here’s a couple of fun ideas that I tried with my kids and that ARE NOT COMPLICATED

( and that taste delicious with Touk-Touk) 

  • Mix the Evive smoothies with milk ( cow milk, nut milk, or oat milk)
  • Mix them with low sugar apple juice 
  • Add some apple sauce and water to your Evive smoothies cubes
  • Serve them in a bowl as a simple smoothie bowl with some cut fruits on the side
  • Mix the Evive smoothies with yogurt for extra creamy texture
  • Serve it in a bowl with low sugar cereal 
  • And if you’re feeling extra fancy you can get a coconut and serve your smoothie inside – your kids will think it’s the best treat ever!

Now that I’m making these smoothies once a day my kids are actually eating much more veggies and fruits in one serving ! And in my books, that’s the best mom hack ever!

Now, if you’re wondering where you can find them, you can either order online , or check your local ( Canadian) grocery store frozen aisle. And, their packaging is 100% recyclable, so there’s no harm for the planet!

I hope that you will find them as life saving as I did ( and as yummy as my kids think !)

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by Evive Smoothies. All opinions remain completely my own and are based on my own experience.

Two color breakfast blueberry banana & pineapple cocktail

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I just love starting the week with a healthy breakfast! It gives me energy and motivation to cook fresh and healthy all week. As if the way of starting the week would determine if we’d stick to the healthy and good-for-you routine, or not. You don’t want to know what we eat if we don’t. Lets just say that big quantities of cheese, bread and pasta are involved ;). But coming back to this delicious, two-color cocktail, it really gives you the happy-full-of-energy feeling that you might need on Monday! And actually it’s half blueberry yogurt shake, and half banana pineapple smoothie, so you get two colors and two textures as well:).

1 cup natural Greek yogurt
1 1/2 cup blueberries

2 ripe bananas
1 cup pineapple cut in cubes

Mix yogurt with blueberries, set aside.Mix bananas with pineapples, and pour on top of your blueberry shake. Top it with some blueberries. Enjoy your morning !

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Healthy berry&maple syrup smoothie

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Another summer day, another way to enjoy seasonal fruits.I guess every one likes smoothies, and there is so many ways of doing them: with ice cream, milk, yogurt, just fruits, with added sugar.. Well my today’s version is actually on the super healthy side.But still so yummy and refreshing !

Blueberries
Strawberries
Raspberries
Organic natural yogurt
Milk
Maple syrup

I made it for two, so I had about a 1/4 of a cup of each fruit, plus 3 spoons of yogurt, and one of milk.Use as much maple syrup as you feel works best for you. Don’t worry, it hes some good micro-elements 🙂