**GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED***
Hello, friends. I have SO MUCH to share with you today! Laughs, a book giveaway, and a gorgeous smoothie recipe. Yes, recipes can be gorgeous. (Note: the giveaway is no longer active, but certainly read on for the delish Blueberry Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe!)
For someone gifted with more words than one human ought to be, I do sometimes fail to promote that I am a nutrition expert. A registered dietitian. A know-it-all when it comes to protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Also, fiber and poop. Dietitians love poop, and its related humor.
So, while I won’t often tout my own expertise, I am happy to promote the excellent work of others. Today, I’m thrilled to announce my very first GIVEAWAY, thanks to fellow registered dietitian, Jill West, author of the book, 400 Moms (Discover What 400 Nutrition Experts Feed Their Kids).
I was interviewed by Jill, along with 399 other mom/dietitians, when she was planning this book, and received the published copy a few months ago. It is an excellent handbook for anybody trying to feed their family healthfully – great tips, guidelines, ‘best of’ and ‘worst of’ lists to help you with snack/cereal/dessert choosing, and very insightful data into how and what dietitian/moms feed their kids.
56% of dietitian-moms allow their kids to buy school lunch 1 day per week or NEVER! That is quite significant insight into how these nutrition experts regard the quality of school lunch nowadays (A blog post for another time perhaps? We are minimal school lunch-buyers here). How often do your kids buy school lunch?
77% of dietitian-moms report that their kids drink at least two 8-oz servings of lowfat milk per day, including cow’s milk, soy, or enriched-rice milk alternatives. (In our family of five, we go through 7 gallons of milk per week!) What’s milk consumption like at your house?
54% of dietitian-moms rarely provide soda to their kids, and 80% allow it just once per week. They know that these sugar-laden drinks are overloaded with calories, and sorely missing vital nutrients. (My kids get it only on special occasions). What’s the ‘soda rule’ with your kids?
How do you win this awesome and helpful book? Just follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter widget below. You can win a ‘chance’ by things like leaving a comment here, liking mine or Jill’s Facebook pages, following us on Twitter, etc. Just make sure to scroll down to the widget here. Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at email@example.com!
Now, let’s move on to that gorgeous Blueberry Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe I promised.Just look at the luxurious colors – deep blues and purples that you just know are saturated with anthocyanins. What? You didn’t know?? Well, folks, that gorgeous purple/blue sheen isn’t just for looks! It’s a power anti-inflammation tool, and a great addition to the fiber and Vitamin C that the blueberries are already packing.
The best part about smoothies, aside from the fact that they are so pretty and remind me of rainbows, is that they are SO FAST to make. Literally less than 10 minutes, and filling enough as a meal if you need it to-go. My boys sucked these down greedily. That was lunch. I win.
Now you win. Here you go!
Blueberry Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie
Makes two 8-oz smoothies
Prep time: 5-10 minutes Cook time: zero, zilch, nada
1 medium frozen banana
2/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or dairy or soy or rice)
1/2 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
1 -2 tablespoons peanut butter (I used natural PB)
Add all ingredients to the blender bowl and blend until smooth. Add more milk if necessary. Serve immediately, or refrigerate. Makes 2 servings.
Now, I hope you are excited about the GIVEAWAY because I definitely am! Best of luck, and have a delicious and healthy week 🙂 ~Julia