When’s the last time you got in trouble? I don’t think about getting in trouble much because, hey, I’m an adult, and adults don’t get in trouble, right? Wrong.
Last week while visiting San Francisco, I rode the famous cable cars. I sat on the outside seat so I could get a good look at the city as we drove by and so I could occasionally stand up and hang off the side of the car just like in the movies. While I was sitting down, I casually slung my arm over the back of the wooden seat. The cable car conductor/driver/operator was not having that. He yelled at me to move my arm and waggled his finger at me like I was a naughty kid. I’m pretty sure I was blushing out of embarrassment. But did I learn my lesson? A few minutes later, without thinking, my arm was right back around the back of the seat in a comfortable position. This time, I didn’t get a verbal warning. The conductor swatted my arm off the seat. He actually hit me! I was less embarrassed and more baffled. I just got smacked by a stranger. It was bizarre and weird and a little funny. Mostly bizarre, though.
I prefer not to get in trouble.
If you don’t want to get in trouble this Valentine’s day, try making a delicious homemade breakfast for your loved ones. How about the easiest one there is? I don’t know too many people who turn their noses up to smoothies.
Ever since my husband watched a few documentaries on obesity and unhealthy living, he’s finally come to the conclusion that vegetables are good for you. (Shocking!) Smoothies are a great place to hide healthy veggies. Your kids (and/or spouse) will think it’s a dessert-like snack, but it’s also sneakily good for them. I promise you can’t taste the green veggies at all in this recipe. It tastes like a pure treat!
Load all ingredients in your blender.
The greens will take up a lot of room…do not fear!
Blend until completely smooth.
Serve immediately and drink with a straw (duh!).
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
2 cups skim milk
2 frozen bananas
1 cup spinach
1 cup kale
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
Puree all ingredients in a powerful blender until smooth. Serve immediately.
A few notes: Feel free to substitute any type of milk (e.g., soy, almond). If you don’t have any kale, you can use all spinach (or vice versa). The flax seed is also optional (not necessary for the flavor)—just provides added health benefits.