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Monday, March 14, 2016

Shamrock (Vanilla Mint) Shake


Th virus has decimated this household. When Big A first came down with it, she complained her throat was hurting and we thought it was just because she was barfing, but no, it appears to have both gastro and cold-like symptoms.  Its the virus that keeps on giving! After my stomach got better on Friday, I developed a horrible sore throat, congestion and laryngitis...yes, perfect for a psychotherapist! I had to croak my way through all my sessions Friday and Saturday, I am sure I made a great impression on my clients.  Sunday Adam finally succumbed to this bug and developed some, er, gastro symptoms, as well as a cough.  Today I am still very congested but otherwise feeling the pretty good.  Adam's tummy is better but he's developed a bad cough.  We are both very fed up with this stupid thing.  I was on such a long roll of not catching any of the nasty things everyone else was bringing home but this time it got me too.  Of course the two little germ-bags are as good as new.

Fortunately, we still managed to do some fun things.  Saturday we took the girls to Sugar Beach, a man-made beach on the waterfront, for this Sugar Shack festival celebrating maple syrup season.  Like most over-hyped events in Toronto it wasn't that exciting and the line ups were insane.  But the girls were still thrilled to try maple taffy rolled on snow.

Yesterday afternoon, Adam stayed home because he was feeling so lousy and I took the girls to see Zootopia. We all loved it, it was adorable!

This week is March Break, however, the girls have daycare, so the only thing that's different is that we need not rush in the mornings.  That is almost as good as any holiday anywhere in the world!

It is also St. Patrick's Day on Thursday.  Now, we don't really celebrate it...being Jews and all, Saints don't mean much to us.  Nor are we the 'go to a pub and drink green beer' types.  But I thought it would be fun to whip up a nice little green treat for the girls.  I always remember hearing about Shamrock Shakes as a kid but truthfully I never had one.  These are sweet, cool and minty but also super healthy. 

Mine are pale green, but you can adjust the colour by simply adding more greens powder and/or a few handfuls of baby spinach. This wasn't meant to taste smoothie-like though, it is meant to taste more like a shake, so I went easy on the greens.

The photo is really shitty because it was night time, the light was bad, and I was in no mood to work on getting a better shot, so deal with it.

Shamrock Shake

1 banana
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, or plain (dairy or non-dairy)
1.5 cups milk (plain or vanilla, dairy or non-dairy)
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (vegan or whey, stevia sweetened)
2 cups ice milk cubes (freeze milk in ice cube trays ahead of time)
2 tsp or more greens powder (I used 1/2 moringa and 1/2 this)
1 tsp pure peppermint extract
2 droppers mint stevia drops (optional)
1 tsp konjac powder

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings.

I shared this recipe with Vegetarian Mamma's Gluten-Free Friday.

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