VegOut with a Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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Smoothies have long been my secret to getting my kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. It seems like most of the time if you can blend it, they will eat it.

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Last month I challenged you to try some new veggies. Did you?

One easy way I get my kids (and myself – if we are being honest) to eat vegetables is to put it in a smoothie. V8′s 100% Strawberry Banana Fusion makes the perfect base for a healthy breakfast or snack.

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VegOut with a Strawberry Banana Smoothie
 
VegOut with a Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe Type : Breakfast Prep time: 5 mins Total time: 5 mins Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups V8 Strawberry Banana Fusion
  • 2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups frozen bananas
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1.5 cups ice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

V8 has several juices available that taste great on their own or blended with your favorite ingredients. My husband’s favorite is spicy mango, but we went with Strawberry Banana to keep the kids happy. They aren’t big on spicy foods.

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When you are making your smoothies don’t forget to throw in some spinach or carrots. Those are my two go-to smoothie vegetables and the kids can’t taste the difference. They think they are getting a pink milkshake and really they are getting all their fruit and vegetable servings in for the day.

Another way I’ve encouraged (aka forced) my kids try new vegetables is to pay them for it. It actually worked. You can read all about it and take a look at their grimacing faces here. I even created a checklist for kids to chart their progress trying new veggies, download it if you think it will help your kids eat healthier.

The older you get the harder it is to try new things, so don’t delay signing up for the V8 Vegout challenge. When you visit the site you’ll find healthy recipes, workout ideas, and inspiration to start getting healthy before the new year begins!

 

What are your favorite veggies?


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25+ Back to School Breakfast Ideas

With school started up again, mornings are much busier than they are during the summer. I find that it helps to have a breakfast plan, which often includes having breakfast foods in the freezer or making it the night before so it’s ready to go in the oven in the morning. Here are over 25 breakfast ideas to help you with back to school mornings.

25+ Back to School Breakfast Ideas at The Happy  Housewife

Waffles, Pancakes & French Toast

These breakfast foods can be made ahead and frozen. See my tips for freezing pancakes and waffles (the tips would apply to French toast too).

Oats

Granola, Bars, and Other

Egg Based

Muffins

Smoothies


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Apple Butter Stuffed French Toast

Apple Butter Stuffed French Toast at The Happy Housewife
By contributing writer Andrea Green

French toast is one of my favorite breakfasts to make. Adding apple butter to make Apple Butter Stuffed French Toast makes this French toast taste just like fall.

My oldest daughter does not like eggs. French toast is my way of sneaking an egg in because it seems that after having an egg at breakfast, they don’t get hungry again as quickly. Have you found that?

When you stuff your french toast with apple butter, you don’t need to add any maple syrup on top. I did shake a little powdered sugar over the top to make it look pretty. But trust me, it is plenty sweet without it.

You’ll get an extra boost of fall flavor by adding apple pie spice to the egg batter. If you don’t have any on hand, it is easy to mix up a batch of homemade apple pie spice. Or, to be really simple, just add some cinnamon.

I like to use whole sweeteners in my recipes, so I use maple syrup in the batter. Feel free to substitute sugar if that’s what you have on hand.

Apple Butter Stuffed French Toast
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (may substitute sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 8 slices bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ¼ cup apple butter
Instructions
  1. In a shallow bowl or pie plate, whisk together milk, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and apple pie spice.
  2. Place 4 slices bread in egg mixture and allow to sit for 1 minute before turning over and soaking the second side for 1 minute.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add soaked bread and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.
  5. Remove bread and cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining 4 pieces of bread.
  6. Spread 4 slices of bread with apple butter then top with remaining 4 pieces. Serve warm.

Are you a french toast fan?

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Cronuts

Earlier this year I was visiting Epcot with my family and my daughter and I passed a cronut stand. We intrigued by the name and decided to order one, even though we really had no idea what it was, except it smelled absolutely amazing!

What came out was a deep fried croissant covered in cinnamon and sugar. It was so amazingly delicious my daughter and I quickly ate it before we met up with the rest of the family so we didn’t have to share.

Seriously.

Two adults shoving deep fried croissant in their mouth as they walked through the World Showcase to avoid having to share.

It was just that good.

Since then, it’s been on my list of thing I want to try to make at home. I felt the family needed a chance to taste these delicious treats and I didn’t want to be greedy. ;-)

We usually do something to celebrate the last day of summer (before we start school) so I thought the best way to tell my kids summer was officially over was with plate of delicious, melt in your mouth cronuts.

It worked. They were so happy, they didn’t even care that their days of sleeping until 10:30 and staying up way too late were coming to an end. They were eating cronuts.

Easy Recipe for Homemade Cronuts | The Happy Housewife

Here’s the really cool part. All you need is a tube of crescent rolls, oil, and a sprinkling of sugar.

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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 8
 
These deep fried crescent rolls are a fun breakfast treat!
Ingredients
  • Crescent rolls
  • Canola oil (or any other frying oil)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a heavy pan to 350 degrees.
  2. Open the can(s) of crescent rolls.
  3. Divide each crescent triangle in half.
  4. Either create donut shapes or "holes" with the crescent dough.
  5. Drop dough into the hot oil.
  6. Fry approx 90 seconds on each side or until golden brown.
  7. Place on a paper towel to drain.
  8. Top with powdered sugar or a mixture of cinnamon and granulated sugar.

Here’s a little fried food tip. Place a paper grocery bag on the counter and then cover with paper towels. This keeps your counters from getting super greasy and gross. It also makes clean up a breeze!

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You can also use a sifter to sprinkle powdered sugar on the cronuts.

Yummmmm. I don’t eat sugary, fried food very often, but when I do I go crazy. :-)

The best part about this treat is that all the kids can help.

Warning: Do not let your kids fry the cronuts! You all probably know that already, but people have done crazier things. 

Five year olds however, are just the right age for shaping.

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Sometimes they drop them on the floor and try to pick them up really quickly before mom notices and makes them throw it away.

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Our circle cronuts didn’t want to stay together.

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We gave up and made holes. Much easier and you can eat more and it doesn’t count.

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