Can’t Have a Party Without a Punch

 

A month or two ago my husband and I headed to one of my favorite spots. A used bookstore. 😳I really do love it🤷🏻‍♀️. I went straight to the cookbook section and ended up purchasing two books. One of them is The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook. It’s over 400 pages of recipes from 1959! I was actually surprised by a lot of it. This must have been the era of jell-0. So many recipes included jell-o. A lot of the recipes I would never make. But some of them I would! I can’t even tell you how many recipes for punch were in there. One for every occasion including Valentine’s Day and weddings! So why not a punch for our Easter Day Scavenger Hunt? My son Matthew read through all the punch recipes in the cookbook and narrowed it down to four. He’s my little health-nut and was pretty shocked at how many included jell-0 and added sugar. Once him and I got over how much sugar punch has, we picked the perfect recipe to recreate. They called it pink lemonade. We changed it up a bit and made it into a punch. And honestly it looked beautiful. We all enjoyed it. It was delicious and refreshing for a perfect Easter Day. This can really be served on any occasion through spring and summer. Maybe Mother’s Day. Kids or no kids…

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Pink Lemonade Punch

Ingredients

  • 1 can of frozen lemonade concentrate(12 oz.)
  • 3 cans of water
  • 2 cups of cranberry juice
  • 1-2 cans of blood orange soda(I used San Pellegrino blood orange soda)
  • 1 jar of maraschino cherries
  • 1 lemon
  • A lot of ice

Directions

  1. Pour lemonade, water, and cranberry juice into your favorite beverage dispenser.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Add all the cherries and about half of the juice from the cherry jar.
  4. Add a lot of ice to keep it extra cold.
  5. Pour blood orange soda in to make it nice and bubbly. The more you add, the more bubbly it will be.
  6. Stir gently and add more ice.
  7. On top, add thin lemon slices to garnish.

Enjoy!

 

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Tropical Delight

Tropical Delight

My 11 year-old Matthew is picky, but also enjoys healthy food. He loves smoothies, but they have to be made his way! He came to me one day with his recipe he calls Tropical Delight. He wrote it all up and told me to put it on my blog. So we whipped it up in the blender to see how it was. It was delicious! We served it with a spoon to get all the crunchy granola in each bite.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of frozen fruit(We used a combination of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • About a 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of honey(optional)
  • Your favorite granola(We used a combination of two)

Directions

Blend all ingredients except granola in the blender.  Adjust the almond milk to make it the consistency you prefer.  Pour into your glass and top with granola.  Serve with a spoon and enjoy!

 

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Smoothies

Good morning!  Smoothies are a quick breakfast when you are rushing around in the morning and want to eat clean! I prepare our smoothies for the whole week so we can grab them on the go, in the am or whenever.  I feel like it can’t be done without the NINJA!  In my opinion a regular blender doesn’t blend it well.  I have the old model and love it.

Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of Spinach or kale or both(I use spinach)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Chia seeds(Or Flax seeds or both)
  • 1 Banana(I keep plenty in freezer cut in half so when I need them I have them. Make sure you peel them first)
  • 2 tablespoons of Plain Greek yogurt(Any Greek yogurt you prefer.  Sometimes I’ll use coconut or vanilla if I have it.)
  • 1 cup of mixed Berries(I get the big bag of triple berry blend at BJ’s.  You can use whatever variety you like.  There’s tropical blend or just strawberries.  Sometimes I put the fruit that is gonna go bad in a day or two in the freezer and use that.)
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of Almond milk( I can’t live without the Califia Toasted Coconut.  It’s really good!)

Directions

  1. Once you have all the ingredients in the house it’s simple.  Takes about ten minutes to prepare individual servings in plastic bags.  Then store in the freezer so they will be ready to go.  You won’t have to add any ice!
  2. Dump it in your blender and blend with as much almond milk as needed to get it to the consistency you like.
  3. But get creative:  Depending on my mood I may add in water to thin it out, a drop of leftover coffee, protein powder, quick oats, coconut oil or vanilla!

I would never eat that amount of fruit in a day if I didn’t start my day with a smoothie.  I eat a lot of veggies but I don’t normally pick up fruit to snack on throughout the day! So this helps me get all my fruits in.

Enjoy!

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