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Jill and Tenille’s Healthy Test Kitchen Smoothie Experiment

EAT, snacks By August 18, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

When in Chicago at McDonald’s head office, we met with Chef Dan and were given quite a lesson in how menu items are developed.  Remember that TV show ‘Just Like Mom’ (damn sexist title) where kids made different foods with a variety of crazy ingredients?  Same goes here.  Tenille (from Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous) and I had bunches of fresh fruits, veggies, yoghurt, juices and grains and were charged with creating a smoothie.  Being the health-consious gourmands that we are, we decided to camoflauge beets and spinach with yummy dark purple fruit.  Move over Jessica Seinfeld.  Here’s the lowdown:

½ cup frozen peaches
½ cup blueberries
½ cup blackberries
½ cup cooked and peeled beets
handful of spinach
handful of fresh mint
3 T. wheat bran
pinch cinnamon
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup plain yoghurt

Blend until smooth and brush your teeth afterwards, as there will be a dark purple tinge.


And So Begins The First All-Access Trip

EAT, family meals By July 24, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

After several child organizational challenges and lego mishaps at home, I headed to Toronto for the first McDonald’s All-Access Moms trip.  (We managed to find Luke Skywalker’s body, so I was free to travel without worry.)   It’s hard to pinpoint how I feel as I begin on this journey.  I’ve been busy with the press, and am so excited to dive into the program.  Questions are pouring in, and I’ve been gently schooled in societal issues all the way from farming protocols to the perils of eating too quickly.