Smoothies: Blueberry Avocado Pineapple

So, we discussed the foray into green smoothies previously. I finally had the courage to venture outside the confines of the Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie to try something new. Bananas and I don’t always get along, and I was feeling a little bunched up (HAH!), if you know what I mean.  So, I pondered and I Pinterested and I was brave. I threw caution to the wind and made up my own recipe. And it was pretty good!  A little tart, but definitely filling and tasty. I can see a squirt of honey helping this smoothie along if you need that extra sweetness.

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Blueberry Avocado Pineapple Green Smoothie

Serves: 1 adult and 3 children (aka it makes a lot)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 – 1 cup plain yogurt

Directions:

Blend spinach and water together first for better texture. Then add remaining ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.

Smoothies: Beginner’s Luck

Ladybean73 of Adrift in Crafts has been doing a lot of green smoothies and poor Liisa has been doing a lot of juicing and smoothies. And green smoothies seem to be all the rage right now. So, through some sort of weird internet osmosis, green smoothies sounded like a good idea one day.  I’m not sure what possessed me to do it, but I finally took the leap and blended up spinach.

And it wasn’t terrible.

It was actually kind of good.

And Rex loved it.

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I started with the Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie off of Simple Green Smoothies.  It is easy and tasty.  I followed the instructions to a T, even blending the spinach and water up first for better texture.  I used frozen mango and pineapple, because that’s what I had on hand.  It came together quickly and hit the spot.

And did I mention that Rex loves this smoothie? Yep. It is toddler approved!  He actually makes this smoothie with me. I wish I had a picture, but I didn’t think to take one. He stands on his chair at the counter, putting in the mangoes and pineapple, one piece at a time. He takes a while, but when he’s finished, he looks to me and says, “Boop dis!” and points to the blender. He loves to push the button and especially enjoys the finished product. These smoothies have been serving as a stop-gap between quiet time and dinner time. They give my little man enough to keep going without ruining his dinner. Often he cries for more when his cup is empty.

Seriously, if you’re thinking of braving that first green smoothie, this is the one to try.

Skates

I’ve gotten back to skating in the last month or two, managing to go about every week or so. There are two rinks here, both a bit of a drive.  Gresham Skate World is an older rink, probably built in the 70s or 80s and it has that weird stone coating on the outside that all rinks of that era seem to have. Inside, the rink is lime green with that dark roller rink carpet and the little snack bar with hot dogs and the like. It’s a nice little rink with decent prices (especially with their summer 10 for $10 punch card) and lots of sessions.  It is reminiscent of my now defunct hometown rink, Roller Odyssey. The other rink is at Oaks Amusement Park.  It’s a little pricier, but the cost fits the experience. The rink is hand-pieced hardwood from the early 1900s and has a Wurlitzer pipe organ suspended above the rink, which was installed in the 50s.  I happened to attend on a night with organ music, which is a unique experience. There were people skating waltzes and little kids just trying to keep their feet under them. On the sidelines, an older gentleman swayed and bobbed with songs remembered from his youth.  Everyone, no matter age or background, was having a great time.

All this is to say that the other day, I had my skates out. I had ordered new insoles for them and was putting them in. Rex got really interested in my skates and even tried to wear them. I took his interest and ran with it. We packed up and rushed down to the Gresham rink, where they had clip-on skates in his size (they don’t make roller skates small enough for him yet). He made it over halfway around the big rink, holding my hands, and only fell once. He’s almost fearless on carpet. Needless to say, I ordered him his own set of clip on skates when we got home. If my boy wants to skate, I’ll make it happen.

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For over 20 minutes, he wandered around the house in skates like it was no big deal. He can get up off the floor on his own and doesn’t seem to care if he falls.  He’s wearing the Fisher Price Grow-With-Me 123 Skates. They’re currently in the “Stage 1″ position which locks the front wheels, allowing him to walk instead of roll.  As he gets more confident, we’ll change to the different stages.  As his feet grow, you can lengthen the skates to accommodate shoe sizes up to a toddler 12. At that point, he’ll be more than big enough for regular skates.

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On a side note, I’m looking into new skates. I love my Riedell R3s, but my feet grew enough with pregnancy that they’re just too snug. Because they’re not a real leather, I doubt I can have them stretched.  I changed the way they’re laced, which gave me a bit more room in the toes, but it’s just not enough.  I’m considering a different style of Riedell, but I haven’t decided yet. Anyone have a favorite wide skate boot that they’d recommend?