Alma drinks a lot of smoothies. Sometimes it is the only way I can get some more calories into her. It isn’t that she needs them. It is that I am latina and I come from a culture that sees chubby babies as healthy and seeing her lean though muscular body makes me feel like I am doing great but she still needs more calories.
It is a cultural thing, I get it, but also… I saw one of her ribs and now I am obsessed with getting her calories up with foods that can nourish her body and provide the energy she requires for all of her toddler activities which are mostly running and jumping and dancing as often as possible.
Now I am emphasizing nourish because I believe that food is not just fuel. Everything that you expose your body to, whether externally or internally, has an impact on your wellbeing. For little
I won’t take an arepa
The beauty of smoothies is that I can jam pack them with all the good stuff, but sometimes the greatest flavor comes from a simple combination. This smoothie in particular, which we call her Sunshine Smoothie, instantly brings a smile to her face. Mango, banana, pineapple, and dates come together in this digestion aiding, sleep-inducing, body balancing smoothie that is packed with fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and, you guessed it, calories!
A note about the calories. We do not calorie count. I repeat. We do not calorie count. I am on a journey people, to listen to my body and find that balance while enjoying healthy, nutritious foods. There is no fruit fear in this house. We eat fruit all day. Alma can eat three bananas a day no problem, let alone a pint of blueberries, a cup of sliced strawberries and enough carrots to make someone orange (I know carrots aren’t fruit but you get my point.)
As long as the source of sugar is natural, and in its natural state AKA not processed, I do not monitor or worry about it. That goes for all of us in the this family. I have Medical Medium to thank for showing me that fresh fruit is essential to health, dates are a must for healthy adrenal function and mother nature is a source of healing in both mind, body and spirit.
But back to this smoothie. It is tasty. It is bright. It will be gone quick!
Alma’s Sunshine Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 2 bananas
- 3 dates, pitted
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Add all to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.Mix hemp hearts and chia seeds together. Sprinkle a tablespoon of crunch mix onto each smoothie. For little ones, blend crunch mix into the smoothie for an extra dose of protein, fiber and omegas.