Now is the winter of our discontent. Or our ill health.
I am so sick of being sick, and sick of my family being sick. It has just been one of those seasons. To me it’s not as bad when I am sick, or even my husband, but when it’s our son Finn? Well, that’s tougher. We ALL suffer then, and at the worst, I feel helpless to do much for him. Keep him comfortable and well fed, even when that is a challenge.
The worst part about this sickly season is that he’s had such a waxing and waning appetite, and he’s pretty skinny as it is. So, I spend a lot of the day making things that I think he’ll like (like those Smitten Kitchen Perfect Blueberry Muffins I wrote about once) and then watching with relief as he tries and enjoys them. The only problem is, they are usually heavy on the carbs and light on the protein.
He loves smoothies and I make one every morning with frozen blueberries, bananas, spinach, yogurt and OJ. Last night for dinner when I knew he wasn’t going to have much of an appetite for heavier fare, I decided I’d make one a bit thicker with less orange juice, more yogurt and the addition of an avocado and some peanut butter, and call it ice cream to make it irresistible.
It worked! He asked for it straight out of the blender and ate a lot of it that way, and then I froze a few small containers of it and he enjoyed one along with a piece of toast with cream cheese and apple peel jelly for breakfast this morning.
Now, it’s not the prettiest thing to look at — but it’s delicious and packed with healthy things. This recipe is one you can fiddle around with, using whatever fruit you might have on hand and additions like ground flax seed, chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, and more. Whether your child is sick or maybe just picky about the healthier stuff, this is a great way to get the good stuff.
Finn’s Frozen Yogurt “Ice Cream”
1/2 cup mango
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
3/4 cup yogurt
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tsp hemp hearts
2 tsp wheat germ
and splashes of OJ
and blend it up! I added more OJ than I thought I would have to, just to get the blender going through all the thick stuff, but it all ended up with the yummy consistency of soft ice cream or yogurt.
Spoon it into freezer containers to enjoy frozen, and don’t forget to have a little bowl straight out of the blender.
Here’s to your (and their) health.
Make everything with love,