Strawberry Smoothies and Sandboxes

“It’s freezing me!” two-year-old M informed me as she sat sipping her strawberry smoothie on Friday afternoon. She and her brother J had asked me for “shakes” after an hour of playing tag, racing around on scooters, and burying my feet in their sandbox. With the help of a lot of pointing and “there it is! there it is! no there!” I found the blender in a kitchen cupboard, grabbed a few simple ingredients from the refrigerator and freezer, and whipped up strawberry smoothies. M helped by adding the frozen strawberry chunks to the blender.

These smoothies were a big hit; both kids told me that I needed to show their dad how to make them. J said I was a “really good shake-maker”, quite the compliment. Their toddling brother A wasn’t too interested in the drinks themselves. He had much more fun trying to knock all of the ingredients off of the counter and then climbing on the picnic table in the backyard. A is definitely an inquisitive little one. However, I had successfully pleased two out of three precious munchkins with the beverages, and I was content with that.

Strawberry Smoothies

8-10 frozen strawberries (you can use fresh, just add ice to make it cold)

1/3 cup yogurt

1 cup milk

1/2 of a very ripe banana

Directions (fairly self-explanatory)

Throw all of the ingredients into the blender, press on, blend, and there you have it. A perfectly pink fruity blend (my mom swears that you can add a handful of kale to the mix and it won’t change the flavor or color…I haven’t been brave enough to try that yet).