Who Doesn’t Love Cherry Smoothies?

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely adore cherries.  I can’t think of many things I find more divine.  The idea of a cherry smoothie in the morning sounds like an absolute treat to me.  This morning I really wanted a treat for breakfast, so with that in mind, I came up with this awesome smoothie.  It is so pretty and it is incredibly decadent.

Vanilla Cherry Smoothie

1 cup chopped kale (stems removed)

1 cup of cherries (frozen or fresh)

1 cup of almond milk (you could use any type of milk here that you prefer, I just happen to preference almond milk)

1 tablespoon of ground flax-seed

1/2 cup of low fat vanilla yogurt

Blend the ingredients well.  This smoothie tends to be thick, so it may be necessary to add a little water.

20150217_111410Are you like me?  I am a chocolate addict!  it is probably one of my favorite things on earth.  A riff on the above smoothie involves chocolate!  What could be better?

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

1 cup of kale with stems removed

1 cup of vanilla yogurt

1 cup of almond milk

1 cup of cherries (fresh or frozen)

1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

1 tablespoon flax seed

Blend the ingredients well.  Add water to adjust it to your desired thickness.  If you want this to be a little bit sweeter, feel free to add some honey.  You can also add less chocolate if you are like my husband, he never wants strong chocolate flavor.  I however love my chocolate, so give me my tablespoon please!

This particular smoothie is a wonderfully decadent treat.  It almost feels like you are being kind of naughty when you are drinking it, but it is oh so delicious.  In case you are curious, you will not notice the kale in it.  Kale has a very mild flavor and it is totally overpowered by the strong flavor of the cherry.

I hope you guys enjoy my take on cherry smoothies.  What do you guys like to put in a smoothie?

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Very Berry and Orange Smoothie

This morning I woke up with a terrible sore throat.  I am not sure why, it could be allergies, since it is unseasonably warm here and the wind is blowing so hard that I am pretty sure we might get blown away.  It could also be a sign that it is time to fight off a cold.  Regardless of the reason, an ice-cold smoothie sounded really good on my sore throat.

When I first started making smoothies I used a smoothie recipe book, so I can have an idea of good proportions of fruits and veggies.  The recipe book also educated me on what health benefits are in various fruits and veggies.  Now that the book has given me an education, I am having a lot of fun inventing my own smoothies.  This is the smoothie I made this morning.  It tastes great and it has lots of vitamin C (go away sore throat!).

VERY BERRY AND ORANGE SMOOTHIE

1 Orange peeled and chopped

1/2 cup of Strawberries (you can use frozen or fresh here)

1/2 cup of Blueberries (Frozen or fresh are fine)

1/2 cup of Low fat vanilla yogurt

1/2 cup of kale (remove the stems)

1 cup of Almond milk (you can use whatever milk you prefer, milk from a cow and my tummy do not get a long)

A couple of ice cubes

Blend well.  If it is too thick add more milk or water.  If it is too thin add a couple of ice cubes.

This smoothie ends up being such a pretty color and it felt great on my sore throat.  I have heard a lot of people say that they are not so sure about drinking a “Green” smoothie but this is delicious and pretty.

Enjoy!

Apple Blueberry Green Smoothie

This is one of my favorite smoothies.  It is just so delicious and refreshing.  It helps tremendously that it is really good for you.  It has lots of antioxidants, vitamins and great fiber, so it keeps you feeling full all morning.  My favorite thing is that is absolutely delicious.

APPLE BLUEBERRY GREEN SMOOTHIE

1/2 cup spinach

1 apple chopped (I don’t peel apples when making my smoothies because I use a Nutri Ninja and I find it unnecessary, but if you are using a regular blender you might need to)

1/2 cup of blueberries (you can use either frozen or fresh here)

1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt

1 teaspoon of ground flax seed

1 cup of water

Ice

Blend well and enjoy!  If you want your smoothie thicker add ice.  If you want it thinner, add water.

On a side note, I do not add store bought juice to my smoothies as a rule.  The reason for this is because it adds unnecessary calories and sugar.  If a smoothie needs a little sweetening, I typically put a little bit of honey in it.

Immune System Boost Green Smoothie

I thought I would share this Green Smoothie Recipe.  It is absolutely delicious and it provides a nice boost to the immune system.

1/2 cup chopped pineapple
1/2 cup strawberry
1/2 cup spinach
1/4 of a peeled avocado
1 Orange peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon of ground flax seed
1 cup of water

Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend well.

This smoothie is very high in vitamin C and vitamin A.  It will give you a nice burst of energy and supports your immune system.

New journeys

Here I sit, with my hair frizzed out after a long day of taking care of kids, cleaning, and teaching my daughter school.  I am taking a semi quiet moment to write this while decked out in my favorite yoga pants and my favorite t-shirt that my husband bought me for Christmas.  In case anyone is curious, it says, “My Husband’s Wife is Is Freaking Awesome! True Story.”  I figure since my handsome hubby bought it for me I am totally allowed to wear it with pride 🙂

My name is Sharon and I am passionately in love with my wonderful husband, my five-year old daughter, my three-year old son and Jesus.  I am a stay at home wife, mommy, new homeschooler, and praying about taking yet another exciting journey, starting my own business.  We are making sacrifices to live the way we live and learning a lot in the process.

My newest journey that I am on is homeschooling my daughter, who is now in kindergarten.  When we were first making our decision how to educate our daughter, we  researched many different options.  My husband and I prayed about it a lot.  We both felt led to homeschool, but I frankly did not want to do it.  I argued with God about it a lot, I tried to convince Him that I knew better than He did.  Has anyone else tried to do that?  It is kind of silly now that I think back on it.  I had so many concerns.  I suspect they were all the usual suspects.  I was worried about whether my kids would get enough socialization of course, I worried about how to do it, I was overwhelmed by curriculum options, but most of all I was terrified!  The questions that ran through my mind were things like, What if I royally mess up my kids?  In the end, we decided that it is always best to follow the Lord’s path for our lives and trust Him to help us with the twists and turns along the way.

I wish I would have started writing this blog six months ago, because I have learned many lessons in the last six months and had so much fun.  Alas, I did not, but there is one lesson I would like to share with all you new home schoolers out there.  Remember your goal in homeschooling is NOT to finish the book!  When we are homeschooling our goals are to educate our children.  Finishing the book does not necessarily equal an education.  If you start something and it becomes ridiculously painful and is not working for your child for whatever reason, know you are free.  You can shelve it!  Maybe your child isn’t ready for it or maybe it doesn’t work for them, but whatever the reason don’t hesitate to shelve it and do something that works for your individual kid.

I learned this lessons with my daughter’s reading curriculum.  We started with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. (Let me say this, I know people who use this book and it works great for their kids but for my daughter, it was a battle.  She was learning to read but wasn’t enjoying it.)  I knew relatively early that my daughter hated this book.  I never did understand why exactly.  It is scripted and the pages weren’t very engaging to look at, but I still don’t know why she disliked it so.  She was learning to read but it was a huge fight!  By lesson 80, both my daughter and I were done.  I was doubting whether home school was the answer, but I started to pray and finally felt led to change reading curriculums.  We switched to The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons.  It uses a similar approach but is less scripted and the pages were child friendly.  We started over at the very beginning.  She went through the first lessons extremely fast and built confidence.  We also started a reward chart for her, where she gets a sticker when she reads with a good heart.  As we got further into the book, we slowed down to go at a pace comfortable for her.  Her reading has improved drastically and she has even started reading little books on her own.  No more tears!

Each child is an individual and require different things to learn.  So, if you are struggling with something, please don’t hesitate to stop reevaluate, and if necessary change what you are doing.  One of the beauties of homeschool is freedom.  You can adjust your curriculum to go as fast or slow as your child needs.

I am loving every moment with my husband and children.  I count myself as one of the luckiest women in the world because I get to share my life with them, while serving Jesus.