This morning I was sitting on the floor at a friend’s house watching my son run around the room and two things struck me. First, I am so grateful that I am now physically able to sit on the floor. For so many years it only took a minute or so before I lost feeling in my legs or had to lean back to take a full breath. The second thing that struck me, I can’t believe I am the mother of a two year old!
Frequently my husband and I are told how great it is that we will be able to share our healthy changes with our son. I really appreciate the comments but at times it feels like an overwhelming commission. When it came time to introduce solid foods into my son’s diet I wound up doing a lot of soul searching. I didn’t want to do anything that would set him off on the wrong foot with food. After a few months I relaxed and have been delighted to watch him grow into a toddler who loves to eat a wide variety of foods. His favorite is fruit.
Saturday morning my son woke up just in time to be wished happy birthday at his time of birth, 7:05 a.m. Shortly after we all piled out of bed to begin a day of birthday activities. I wanted to make a breakfast that was light and healthy to balance the cupcakes we were planning to eat in the afternoon. I also wanted to have a breakfast that was quick but still special in honor of the day.
Smoothies are so easy and so many fruits and vegetables can get tossed in to make a vitamin filled treat. We keep it simple and generally stick to fruits and yogurt but I know many people who add protein powder, leafy greens, and many more ingredients to their smoothies. I really like to have a smoothie on a day I will have less control over the food available, for instance a day with a party in the middle of the afternoon/evening. By starting with a breakfast full of fruit I know I have consumed most of my daily servings before the temptations begin.
Early in our relationship I taught my husband a basic method to make smoothies and since then he has been the chief smoothie maker in our house. I stole a little of his thunder by making them this week but I still let him make the coffee (because I am giving like that!). Here is how we make them:
1 cup of non-fat plain yogurt
1 – 2 cups assorted frozen fruit
add water to thin to desired consistency
This is just a platform to try new flavor combinations. The frozen fruit helps to make it more thick and creamy but a smoothie can absolutely be made entirely from fresh fruit with some ice tossed in.
With a slice of toast on the side we were all fueled up and ready to go celebrate our newly minted two year old on his day… after a shower.
Healthy Food – Eat it, Wear it, Love it!