Category Archives: Bananas

Green Smoothies: Have you tried them?

As you may have noticed a lot of people are talking about green smoothies and adding them to their daily regimen. How about you? Have you tried any green smoothie recipes lately?

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We’ve tried different recipes for green smoothies and we love them. This one here has a cup of frozen mixed fruit (peaches, mangoes, strawberries), one banana, one cup of apple juice and a handful of spinach.

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Over the next few weeks we will be sharing with you various green smoothie recipes and the benefits of drinking them. Are you ready to try a green smoothie? Do you have a combination you would like us to try? Leave us a comment and let us know.


Foodie Friday: Quick Snacks for Memorial Day

Grilled Banana Split

Happy Friday Family!! The weekend is among us and it’s a holiday weekend too. Many of us have Memorial Day off, it’s also considered the start of the summer grilling season. In honor of this wonderful holiday we are going to celebrate it with some ideas for cookouts, get-together or even just a relaxing weekend at home. Foodie Friday is all about easy, no fuss food ideas for this weekend. Enjoy!!

Grilled Banana Splits – So we came across this recipe while watching the Food Network and have loved it ever since. Cut the ends of the banana off, open the peels and spread butter, sugar, and chocolate shavings on them. Wrap them in foil and grill for about 4-6 minutes until chocolate and butter has melted. It’s okay if the peels turn brown. Remove from the grill, open and scoop your favorite ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles on top.

Fruit Kabob – This one is definitely kid friendly. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes before using them (if you decide to grill your fruit) Have a variety of fruit on hand, cut in bite size pieces. You can use, strawberries, bananas, pineapples, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, papaya, mangoes, grapes, raspberries, cherries, peaches, pears, etc. Arrange the fruit on the skewers and enjoy. If you would like to grill your fruit after you place them on the skewers, grew until heated through, about 4-6 minutes; during the last-minute of grilling brush fruit with honey.

Corn On The Cob – There are two ways you can do this besides boiling it. Either leave the husks on or shuck them and wrap the corn in foil. Either way it’s good. Soak the corn in water for about 15 minutes before grilling. This will help if you don’t want charred kernels. Grill corn for about 15-20 minutes, turning over every 5 minutes. During the last 5-7 minutes, spread butter on the corn then wrap it back up with either the husks or the foil. Once you remove it from the grill let it stand for about 5 minutes then enjoy.

BBQ Pork Deviled Egg

Barbecue Deviled Eggs Recipe

Ingredients

12 large eggs 
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup finely chopped smoked pork
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
Garnish: paprika

Directions

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan; add water to a depth of 3 inches. Bring to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and fill pan with cold water and ice. Tap each egg firmly on the counter until cracks form all over the shell. Peel under cold running water.
  3. Cut eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks with mayonnaise. Stir in pork and next 4 ingredients; blend well.
  4. Spoon yolk mixture evenly into egg white halves. Garnish, if desired.

We know what you are thinking, pork in my eggs….but yes the smoked pork gives it a meaty flavor. Don’t want to use pork, try chicken, turkey, shrimp or tofu.

Try these out and let me know what you think. As always feel free to comment on the blog or Facebook, send us a tweet or an email. What are some of your favorite Memorial Day goodies?


Shake It Up with Frush!

If you follow us on Twitter and ‘Like’ our Facebook page you would have noticed that on Friday we mentioned hosting a taste testing party for Frush, a fruit and yogurt drink. Made with real fruit and creamy yogurt, this superdrink is a great snack for anytime of the day. There are 9 grams of protein per serving.

This drink comes in 8oz. and 32oz. bottles and is available in 4 flavors:
  • Blueberry
  • Strawberry
  • Peach
  • Strawberry Banana
Each of the flavors were very tasty. We had a poll going through out the day to see which flavor everyone liked best. Strawberry won, but Blueberry came in a very close second. We found out at the party that the kids loved the fruit and yogurt drink as well.
Below are a few pictures of the goodies that were sent to us. Once we have all the pictures people took from the party we will post them on our Facebook page.
Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, their website and they even have an iPhone app!!


Taste Test Tuesday: ‘Lunchables with Smoothies’

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! Thanks for stopping in the kitchen today. It’s National Back to School Day and we’re going to celebrate with two lunch ideas for your kids. Kraft Foods has added smoothies to their Lunchables line. Check them out.

Lunchables with Smoothies

  

Kraft does an amazing job with helping us feed the kids in our lives. Their Lunchables line has increased through out the years to include, Capri Suns, water, Kool-Aid, pizza and chicken nuggets. Well now they have added smoothies to their Lunchable meals. We had the opportunity to taste all three meals, the kids and adults loved them. Parents said it would be so easy to just grab the Lunchables box from the refrigerator for their kids lunch or even a snack.

Turkey and Cheddar Sub Sandwich

  • Oven roasted turkey breast with Kraft Cheddar cheese, on a whole grain sub roll.
  • Kraft Fat Free Mayo
  • Double Stuff Oreos
  • Chiquita Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Chicken Strips

  • Oscar Meyer chicken strips with ketchup
  • Double Stuff Oreos
  • Chiquita Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Deep Dish Pizza with Pepperoni

  • Kraft Mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce and pepperoni (made with beef, pork and chicken) on a whole grain deep dish crust.
  • Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies
  • Chiquita Strawberry Banana Smoothie

We hope you get a chance to check these out. Check out the coupon button here on the blog, you just may find a coupon for the Lunchables.

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Until next time…


Taste Test Tuesday: ‘got milk Magic Straws’

Happy Tuesday!! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. Last week we talked about kids going back to school. This week we are keeping up with that theme. Today’s post is something your kids will like to try and it may even get them to drink all of their milk.

got milk Magic Straws

We decided to test these straws on a group of kids and adults. The results were amazing. Do your kids like strawberry or chocolate milk more than just plain milk? This may help ease the pain. These got milk straws are very easy to use, you can pack them and take them any where; great idea for the kids lunch boxes for school. The straws are lactose and gluten free, no preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors and less sugar than the flavored syrups you would normally add to milk.

We tested a few of the flavors, Cookies & Cream- the kids thought they were eating Oreos; Strawberry – the adults liked it a lot better than the syrup version; Chocolate – both adults and kids thought this was a good one; Strawberry Banana – the adults and the kids said they had a hard time distinguishing the flavor of the straws. We’re sure if we would have had the whole line of straws available it would have made for a great day of drinking…our milk that is.

 
How To Use The Straws

Step 1: Dip your magic straw into a glass of plain milk. Do not cut the straw.

Step 2: Take a long sip

Step 3: Watch the beads magically transform your milk into a tasty treat.

Here are a list of flavors available. Don’t see a flavor that you like? You can send them a message to create one. Check it out here.

  • Banana
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Candy Cane
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Cookies & Cream
  • Orange Cream
  • Strawberry
  • Strawberry Banana
  • Vanilla Milkshake
  • Wild berry
On your next trip to the grocery store, check to see what flavors they carry and treat yourself or the little ones in your life to a delicious milk snack.
Thanks for joining us today in the kitchen, we’re so glad to have you.