Kale Crush Smoothie

A couple of months ago, we used to have weekly playdates at Duboce Park. It was the perfect setting back then because the park was both accessible for my friend and her kids and mine. As the weeks went by, we got into a little habit of either grabbing a little something to snack on or having dinner at Duboce Park Cafe. Sweet memories, and the start of a lovely friendship. 

One of our favorite things to order was their Kale crush smoothies; so good and satisfying. Every time we had it, we felt energized. Since we don't go there weekly anymore, I still kept the recipe and make it at home often because the kids, and Dominika in particular, love this drink. 

Ingredients:

  • A handful or two of kale (depends on taste and preference)
  • 2 tbs of almond butter
  • 2 bananas
  • 3 cups of almond milk
  • a quarter cup of yogurt
  • drizzle of honey
  • Optional: 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple 

All the ingredients set minus the bananas.

A little trick I have found very effective is to blend well  the kale and milk first, that way the smoothie is as smooth as it can be. This helps kids that are particular about food texture and don't like to feel big chunks of kale as they drink.

We started with a handful and graduated to two handfuls of kale. This is a smoothie my family enjoys. We have added yogurt and pineapple to the original recipe to cater it to our tastebuds. 

It was early morning when we had this for breakfast so excuse the morning hairs, hehe. 

Do you make smoothies at home? If so, care to share the recipe? 

We are always on the lookout for new smoothies our family will love.

 

Cartoon Art Museum & Banana Smoothie Recipe

We recently visited the Cartoon Art Museum. I figured since Mark Jacinto has been displaying an interest in drawings and comics that he would find this place interesting. We had a good time there but in hindsight, it's probably works better for older kids. Mark Jacinto loved the short animation films. One that stuck to my memory was the one with a green alien singing Gloria Gaynor's "I will survive". It was pretty hilarious. Dominika was running around going from one side of the museum to the other. She wanted to see it all and kept saying "mami, mami" while pointing at the different drawing/artwork.

Our favorite part of the visit was going to their bookstore/gift shop. They have a pretty eclectic selection for adults interested in anime and other cartoons as well as interesting children's books. There was one book in particular that struck a chord, Jane Goodall's life story translated into a children's book called: Me...Jane. So cute!. It's pretty cool when children have an interest, keep feeding it and have the courage to pursue it as an adult. She was always into monkeys and nature. We ended up getting a Cinderella Story book, though. Most recently, our family saw the Cinderella movie that was just released in theaters, and we absolutely loved it!

I love this art/sculpture at the museum's entrance.

short films.

She didn't want to leave;-)

Cutest giftshop.

Museum's bookstore.

Love their kid's book selection.

This book captivated me. Her story is amazing.

Once we got home the kids wanted a snack. When I was little we had a banana smoothie a least three times a week. Its was one of my favorite drinks and it is so simple to make! Just 4 ingredients e voilá. What makes this smoothie special is adding pure vanilla essence to it. This one ingredient makes the whole difference in the world. The better the quality of the ingredients, the better it will taste.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 3 cups of cow's milk or rice/coconut milk are best
  • 1 or 2 tsp pure vanilla essence (depending of how much vanilla you like)
  • 1 tbs of brown sugar or a drizzle of honey

Mise en place.

Peeling.

Ready to drink.

Enjoy!

It's a nice little treat at any time. My husband and kids love it.

Gluten free cupcakes play date

We went to visit our dear friends with a purpose in mind; baking cupcakes. My friend Paula is gluten intolerant and so every time we eat out and have sweets we end up sharing a gluten free dessert. I'm not gluten intolerant but I sure DO enjoy gluten free desserts; they are great! 

Tasty with just enough sweet and very light is how I would describe the gluten free coffee cakes, cookies and other baked goods I've had with Paula. So when she proposed the idea of baking gluten free cupcakes together I was super excited! Next thing I know, Mark Jacinto overheard us and his heart palpitated super fast with a characteristic hapiness that has become his trademark (the kid is a Kropf and throughly enjoys baking cake and eating it too!) 

Marky and his friend Leo.

Marky and his friend Leo.

This frosting was delish!

This frosting was delish!

I really enjoyed using an actual spatula instead of my usual whole in a corner ziploc bag trick;)

I really enjoyed using an actual spatula instead of my usual whole in a corner ziploc bag trick;)

The cupcakes were delicious you guys, the kids had a lot of fun pouring the ingredients, cracking the eggs, and using the electric mixer. It's funny because even though they were super excited their attention span was short lived. We moms ended up doing the frosting meanwhile the littles were in their own adventure. 

Dominika got tired of waiting for the cupcakes, hehe.

Dominika got tired of waiting for the cupcakes, hehe.

Cecilia is a tour de force.

Cecilia is a tour de force.

After we decorated the cupcakes and left them aside, we were distracted in conversation for a minute when little Cecilia took the kitchen stool and decided to climb it and attack the cupcakes. It was hilarious! We couldn't stop laughing, this girl had a craving and went after it, her desire knew no limits! She was completely covered in dark chocolate( picture is after some clean up).

Why is it that little ones enjoy other kids toys so much? 

Why is it that little ones enjoy other kids toys so much? 

We had a lovely time and feel very thankful for a wonderful playdate. As a mommy, you feel that when your kids smile is as if the entire world smiles back at you.