Kale is great for growing kids-Cocoa Berry Kale Smoothie

My kids are pretty great kids. And they eat pretty great foods. Most of the time.

Let's be honest. They are kids. They like sweet stuff. Heck, who doesn't?

Last year we introduced the #TampaTrio to kale. It was the first time I had ever had it too! I made an Italian Wedding soup and it was good! Then I attempted kale chips. Attempt #1 was a dismal failure! Yell  Attempt #2 was a great success!! But in my honest opinion, kale chips are TOO MUCH WORK. I want my family to all have the amazing benefits of kale but I don't want to work for it. Undecided

When Nature's Greens sent me 2 large bags of kale, I immediately started to think outside my comfort zone.  What could I make with the kale that was fast, yummy and sweet?

Cocoa Berry Kale Smoothie.

Ingredients:

6 cups kale

2 bananas

2 cups water

3 cups mixed berries

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp ground flax

 

Put in your Ninja and blend! I added the Kale first, then the bananas, then the water, and then I pureed it all together and once it was blended, I added the berries, cocoa, and flax. I try to add flax to foods whenever I can since it's packed full of Omega 3 fatty acids which we use as a natural "treatment" for our son's ASD.

If you had a real juicer you wouldn't get all the pulp that I got. But we're okay with pulp over here, so it's all good.

It made enough for me, and the kids, plus there was enough left over for the husband to have some when he got home, and I got a second glass, too!

It was a HUGE hit with the kids. Check out Miss Ella with her cocoa berry kale smoothie mustache!

And it was EASY! Did I mention how easy it was?? Super easy!

All the great benefits of Kale with very little work. Awesome. Now don't get me wrong, I am not afraid of hard work. But I'd much rather spend my time with my kids than spending all night cooking Kale chips. Tongue Out

This smoothie has now become the favorite after school snack, and I also drink one as part of my post-wod recovery.


You can check out WP Rawl and their Kale Up campaign for great recipes and ideas on how YOU can incorporate kale into your life in 2014!

Do you like Kale? How do you prepare it?

Weekly Workouts May 18-May 24-Plus a review and giveaway!

It was a very busy week! I loved it. I am having some issues with my Loop synching up with my H7, so my calorie burn is way off. I *think* steps are tracked correctly, though. It's a battery issue, and I have issues with changing out the batteries. I can never get the back off. My Polar Peeps say a 2 Euro coin works perfect, so I'm on the hunt to track one down! Don't forget this is the last week to join the #20X31 challenge hosted by my friend Jen over at JVKom Chronicles!

Sunday-Blueberry picking!! It's a family tradition! This year we picked 10 pounds, and they lasted just a hair over 24 hours.

Steps: 13,344

Monday-CrossFit. Nice workout!! But I can't remember what we did other than back squats! But I burned a lot of calories!

Calories: 806

Steps: 15,810

 

Tuesday-CrossFit. We did a WOD called "Blackjack" 21 rounds each consisting of 21 reps with a combo of pushups and situps. It was a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be!

I came home from working out and took Matthew for a nice 2 mile walk. I also thought it would be a good idea to clean and scrub out my shower, but after 210 pushups, my arms started SCREAMING at me. But I finished!

I also wore my Fit Knix boy short athletic panties today. I L.O.V.E. them. They sent me a traditional pair to review a few months ago and I loved those too! I do like the fit of the boy short better than the traditional underwear, but I'm sure that's just user preference.

Calories: 948

Steps: 18,950

Wednesday-CrossFit. Wednesday is typically our strength day, and today was no different. We worked on strict pullups and I'm happy to say that I was able to go down one band width! My arms were BURNING after the WOD, but I felt strong! I wasn't able to get in a post-wod walk because I promised Ella I would meet her at the library for a school field trip, and this mama always tries to keep her promises, so that's exactly what I did!

Calories: 456

Steps: 12,111

Thursday-Indoor cycling. Thursday is typically my rest day, but I decided I needed some cardio in my life, so I joined my friend Hope for her 9:30am cycle class and she totally kicked my butt. After the second track when my heartrate was at 98% and Hope said "okay friends, warmup is now down" I knew I was in big trouble. But I made it. And I felt STRONG! I know I had more gear on the bike than I have ever had in the past, so that's a positive thing! My heartrate did recover quickly, it just got really high! I LOVE to cycle, but it bums me out that my Loop doesn't track "steps" through cycling or rowing.

Calories: 797

Steps: 10,324

Friday-CrossFit and 5K. In the morning I did Murph!! I modified the 1 mile run into a 2000m row, so my workout consisted of:

2000m row

100 pullups

200 pushups

300 squats

2000m row

I finished in 58:04 which is an improvement over last year when I scaled the run. I think I did maybe 600m or 800m for the run.

Later that evening the Tampa Trio and I joined CrossFit En Fuego for a 5K fun run! Ronin was so mad at me because I wanted him to hang out and walk with me and the girls, but he wanted to run. Thankfully some of my friends offered to run with Ronin. I knew he was in good hands, so the girls and I enjoyed our racewalk, and Ronin enjoyed his run.

Calories: Murph:1020+ 5K: 399= 1419

Steps: 19,420

Saturday- Color Me Rad 5K The kids and I headed out for a colorful fun run!

Calories: 373

Steps: 17,456

Weekly totals:

Steps: 107, 415 (wow...that's really low for me!!)

Calories burned through exercise: 4,100

 

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I'll be honest...I haven't yet figured out how to change the settings from metric to imperial, but I'm working on it! I have been too lazy to convert all the kg readings into pounds, but I will soon....

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Matthew, the autism service dog is the #bestdogever

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When Matthew joined our family in January 2013 he was 13 months old, and immediately welcomed with open arms and hearts by me and the #TampaTrio. It took some time for the husband to come on board, but eventually Matthew won him over and we can all agree that Matthew is in fact the #bestdogever.

Matthew is a pivotal part of Ronin's overall therapy. He provides Ronin a nonjudgmental sounding board, serves as a "weighted vest" and Ronin is always so happy to snuggle up with his best friend when he returns from a hard day at school.

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