It’s a magic machine. Once I learned how to make Vitamix bolognaise sauce, pastas were healthier and meal prep twice as fast.
There are many things one can do with a Vitamix, but I didn’t grasp the true beauty of my new must-have kitchen appliance until I made bolognaise sauce, and then homemade ‘Vitamix crepes’ in this magical machine.
I like to save time. Doesn’t every Mom? With a focus on healthy this year, I started making smoothie freezer packets for kids. Perhaps it’s also because I bought a Vitamix and am determined to have my family eat whole, healthy foods. You can reuse the ziplock bags and keep a stash of smoothie mixes in the freezer. Keep coconut water or almond milk on hand and add 1/2 cup to your smoothie packet. Hint: Using dark berries allows you to camouflage kale or spinach without the kids thinking there is anything green in their smoothie.
Green Smoothie For Kids (aka Hulk Juice)
1 yoghurt (you can also freeze the yoghurt in muffin tins and buy the large tubs)
1 stalk celery
1 cut up apple
1 handful spinach or kale
Berry Smoothie for Kids
1/2 cup each blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
1 peeled banana
Chocolate Banana Smoothie for Kids
2 peeled bananas
1/2 square bakers dark chocolate (to freeze) or 1T cocoa powder to add later
Mix with 8 oz. almond or soy milk and 1T honey.
Peach Flax Smoothie for Kids
1 frozen banana
3 cut peaches
1T flax meal
Mix with 8 oz. almond or soy milk.
We get a ton of products shipped to the office for testing and we try as many as we can. So we owe it to our readers to share our favs. Some are a tad racy, so watch out… Presenting Our 20 Favourite Beauty Products for the Summer! Enjoy and be sure to add your own in the comments section.
1. Noodle & Boo Glowology Afterglow Gel is supposed to be for post-baby firming and slimming but I use it regularly for post-chocolate-chip-cookie firming and slimming.
2. Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge Lip Colour. Developed for the Canadian Olympic Swim team, it withstands pretty much everything except soap.
3. Vidal Sasoon Pro Series Hair Colour. Because I’m grey (ish) and I LOVE the lasting colour and soft conditioner. (Why don’t they sell that stuff seperately?)
4. H2O Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment. I now use it nightly and I feel way less wrinkly in the morning. This was given to attendees of Disney Social Media Moms and I am fully hooked on the brand now.