Alma’s Sunshine Smoothie

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 ones this is especially important which is why Alma enjoys natural, organic, wholesome foods 90 percent of the time.

made a double batch so we could take pictures and sip at the same time. this beauty didn’t last long!

I won’t take an arepa abuela made away from her, or steer her clear of sweet cookies grandmommy made especially for her. Those are special treats, just like those dandies marshmallows I am obsessed with and the peanut panda puffs she is obsessed with. Those treats, to me, are ok in moderation. But the majority of her intake is organic raw fruits, sautéd veggies, nuts and seeds on a plate or in a smoothie.

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!

Little tip – I make a crunchy topping that is made of hemp hearts and chia seeds. Sprinkling these onto my smoothie, and stirring some in, encourages me to chew which aids in digestion because proper digestions begins in your mouth. I don’t sprinkle it onto Almas, I just blend it in, because she just sucks this tasty treat down with a straw as fast as she can. But I do add it to my own portion and man does it make a pretty photo!

Alma’s Sunshine Smoothie

Mango, pineapple, dates, and banana come together in this sweet smoothie that is sure to brighten your day. Toddler Approved! 
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time3 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients

Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 bananas
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • 1 cup water

Crunch

  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Instructions

  • 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.

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