photo cred Cat Off to the Vancouver aquarium we went yesterday.  I haven't been there in yonks.  What a great place. So fascinating and so beautiful.  But the only problem with outings like that is that you're forced to eat their hugely expensive food or bring your own.  The bring your own option was just too hard to organise yesterday. Hey, it happens. So as I was packing up the kids and the car I starting thinking smoothie. I haven't really been able to enjoy my usual daily drink because, Simmah doesn't have a Vitamix and, quite frankly I'm spoiled with my set-up at home. But if I make a huge smoothie and keep the ingredients simple, then Simmah's blender will do the job. AND...I get my smoothie, I save some money and everyone's happy. The VanAqua Special 4 cups filtered water 3/4 bunch organic spinach 2 bananas Blend water and spinach then add 1 banana at a time (if using a conventional blender). Yields 1.5 liters Bottoms up!

photo cred Cat Got this great recipe for veggie muffins from Michaela the other day with a 100% guarantee that my eldest child would love them......hummmmmm.  What? They have broccoli in them? Do you know my child? No way, no how would those muffins make it past her lips.  But I'm always up for a challenge and any chance of getting more veg into her is always worth the try. Muffins Mahoo Bowl #1 combine: 2 cups quinoa flour (vitamix raw quinoa into flour) 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt Bowl #2 mix this : 2/3 cup raw honey 1/4 cup org coconut oil 2 org eggs Blend this to make 1/2 cup puree: 1/4 cup apple juice 1 1/2 cups chopped org. broccoli (frozen or fresh) OR 1/2 cup pumpkin puree Combine bowl 1 & 2 & puree to this: 1 to 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 bananas) 1/2 cup grated org carrots 1/4 cup plain org yogurt 1/2 tsp vanilla Bake them @ 350 degree for approx. 25-30 minutes - yields 24 muffins Guess what? She likes them. Oh and I blended it up with extra water for 8 month old. (original recipe based on this)