Natural Nutrition for your family
In our house, we end our last meal of the day with something sweet. I can’t help it. To me, it’s the perfect way to unwind together as a family after a long, hectic day of work, school, homework and errands. I try to keep a healthy balance by alternating between fresh fruit and treats. Every other night, dessert is fresh fruit. On the other nights, it’s a cookie or lately, a piece from their Halloween candy stash.
Of course kids are always excited about getting a sweet treat, but my kids are just as excited about “fruit nights”. Sometimes, I sneak in more fruit on “treat nights” by making something like this, inspired by Whole Food Simply’s Raspberry Bliss Ice Cream. I made this last night on a whim and had to make some substitutions based on what I had in the house. Plus I took out the high-in-fat nuts and added in a bit of colorful vegetable.
Frankly, my version is not as decadent or as natural as hers, but it is smooth, creamy and a fun color. For my kids, I call it Purple Dinosaur Ice Cream. When speaking to adults, and not wanting to sound insane, I call it Triple B (Bananas, Blueberries and Beets – yes Beets).
I buy beets, wash ’em, cut them into 2″ cubes and freeze them. I toss a cube or two into smoothies. The color of beets is so deep and vibrant, that no matter what else you put into a smoothie, it looks purple. I use this trick to hide the fact that I’ve put a handful of spinach or kale into the kids’ smoothies (shhh – don’t tell). A cube or two of beets makes the smoothie looks “berry” flavored.
A word of warning if you have messy eaters or if you’re wearing white: Between the blueberries and beets, be ready to clean up spills or treat stains right away.
Triple B Ice Cream (aka “Purple Dinosaur” Ice Cream)
1.) Throw the first four ingredients into a good blender and blend until smooth. I used my trusty Vitamix and needed to use the tamper to get all ingredients smooth.
2.) Add cacao nibs and blend on low for just a few seconds.