Monday, March 30, 2009

Tomatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes. Oh, my!

Hmmm... Tip or recipe? Tip or recipe? I guess this is both...

My kids eat at least a full serving of fruits and a full serving of veggies for breakfast everyday. It's great knowing that they are getting tomatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes for breakfast.

"What's that kids? You didn't eat all their veggies at lunch? No big deal! I snuck them in your breakfast earlier."
"What? You don't want veggies for your snack today? No big deal! I snuck them in your breakfast this morning."

And best of all there is no whining, no complaining, no "Mama, it's yucky!".

Are you ready for my secret weapon? Do you think you can handle it?

V8 V*Fusion

But I don't just give it to them straight up. I make the easiest smoothie in the world. These are my ingredients: cups with lids and straws, spoon, yogurt and V8 V*Fusion juice:

V8 V*Fusion has a full serving of vegetables, a full serving of fruits and no added sugar. If it were organic, I'd be in heaven. It comes in several different varieties. I like the Pomegranate Blueberry for my boys because in addition to the carrots and sweet potatoes that come in all the varieties, there are also tomatoes and a healthy dose of antioxidants. (And, no, this is not a paid endorsement!)

I dump a couple of healthy spoonfuls of yogurt into the cups and add the juice.

Then I snap on the tops, cover the straw hole with my finger and shake, shake, shake. I pop in the straw and hand them over to the boys.
I also love making their smoothies this way because when I'm done, all that is dirty is one spoon. (Well, and the cups they drink from. But no dirty blender!)

They usually drink them in the car on the way to school each day. That way, if they've boycotted breakfast they still have a full belly for school.


  1. Just popping in to say hi and to welcome you to SITS..
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    waving from southern ontario, canada

  2. Oh that is so neat!! I bet that gives them alot of energy too!!! I'll have to try that!

  3. Isn't it great when being devious works LOL, just kidding...kindof :)
    My kids used to drink that, then we got out of habit, because we drink milk all the time,but I will definitely try that with the yogurt! Mmmm, sounds good!

  4. Wow! What a great idea! I'm always worried about what my kids are and aren't getting, especially with my middle son being so picky. I bet he would love this though and so would the other boys, so thanks! I'm going to pick some up next time we go out! {Also love how you blend it, so easy! I hate using a blender}

  5. That sounds great. I love that idea. We make smoothies with real fruit for snack on occasion but I don't like making them all the time because then I have to clean the blender. Thanks for such a wonderful idea.

  6. Oh WOW!!!!!! That looks awesome! I bet my kids would love that! Thanks for sharing, that is a great idea rather than straight juice!

  7. Great idea...I will have to try that too. Thanks

  8. I make smoothies almost every morning during the week but mine are the old fashioned way. I'm trying yours on Thursday!!

    thanks for the tip!

    And your right, if they were organic it would be HEAVENLY!!

  9. Woman, you are genius!

  10. So gonna do this with my kid!!!!

    Thank you for visiting me on my SITS day! :)

    xoxo~Rambler @ My Rambling Thoughts

  11. I.LOVE.YOU

    that is the best freakin idea ever! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try it on my unsuspecting.. i mean..wonderful kids tomorrow. :)

    Just dropped in to welcome you to the SITStahood!

  12. Hi, coming over from SITS. I have a 3 year old girl who won't ereat ggies. This is such a great idea that I would not have thought of. Thank you. Come over and say hi. I would love to know more about the adoption process. I have a 3 year old girl. I will follow you if you follow me. Clare

  13. Good idea for no mess smoothies. I'll be trying this soon, like tomorrow. About once a week I get out the blender and make smoothies with yogurt, spinach, and whatever fruit I have. But it's messy.....

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