Well, are you curious to what people are cooking up in the great mother land up North? Yep, I’m here in Canada and loving every minute of it. We will be here for the a little while before we make our way to France where we will start our new chapter! Besides reconnecting with my family, I think the best thing about being here so far has been sleeping in a bed! Oh my gosh, I knew it would be better than an air mattress, but my oh my it’s completely glorious. I almost want to recommend sleeping on an air mattress for a couple of months just so you have a new found love and appreciation for your bed. The first night, we a solid 15 years, the next 13, the next 12, and been averaging 10 hours ever since. Back home in Hawaii I was sleeping a broken up sleep of 6 or 7 hours. I have a new philosophy…you spend half of your life in your bed, make it a good experience- invest in a good bed and nice bedroom! Not only do you spend half of your life in your bed but that time effects the time you are out of your bed. Bad bed equals back aches, poor quality of sleep, drowsiness in the day, an unsharp mind etc etc. Good bed equals a better quality of life- I am convinced! Or maybe I am just getting old and whimpy…what do you think?
So since I have been here, dinner is basically the same every day…always a sit down family dinner around 6 o’clock with a table of roasted chicken or fish, salad, veggies of different sorts, brown rice or potatoes and a dessert of fruit, yogurt, or ‘rice dream’. The variation comes from different fish and a variation of salads and vegetables and fruits used. It may sound boring, but I love it and it makes preparing dinner so simple! Once in a while there is a breech out, but for the most part you know what to expect. It makes for a satisfying, healthy meal every time, without a lot of fuss of deciding what to make! It is all about using good quality ingredients. I tell you, every time I come, my skin is clearer, I feel healthier and have more energy in less than 3 weeks just by adapting my parents eating habits! I always think I am pretty healthy but coming here makes me realize how much difference it makes when you are consistently, and constantly eating well balanced healthy meals!
But actually, the first thing I am going to post is something that my mom has been whipping up that Tama cannot get enough of…Power Packed Pops! These popsicles are made in the blender with spinach, kale, banana, and berries! There are antioxidant and vitamins packed in every bite and they are so delicious! You can’t taste anything funky. They really are amazing and there is no way I am going to get those vegetables in my kids mouth in any other form. Not yet at least, so I am so happy to have a great way to sneak some healthy leafy greens in my boys belly! Also can be drank as a smoothie no problem!
I don’t have my camera here yet so I snapped a few quick pics of the final result with a point and shoot. Just know that these take no more effort than tossing in some good ingredients into a blender, pressing on, and pouring the smoothie into Popsicle holders and freeze for a couple hours!
Oh, and can you see the little spout on these popsicle holders? That is for sucking up the bottom melted part so it doesn’t spill everywhere- GENIUS!
Okay, it is time to reveal this simple glorious recipe… enjoy my fellow friends!
- 1 large leaf of kale (discard stem)
- 1 handful spinach
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- ½ banana
- 1 cup mixed frozen or fresh berries
- splash of almond, soy, or rice milk (enough to blend)
- put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour in popsicle holders and freeze (couple hours).
- If you want to have some for a smoothie, double to recipe! There is no exact science but this was a winner combination.