As much as I love the idea of routine and schedules, I have a royally terrible time keeping to any of them.
Give me a piece of paper and I am an organizing junky. Planning out the nit and gritty and strategizing the minutes into extreme productivity. Then once that paper gets hung up looking all nice and neat the free spirit in me takes over and it promptly gets forgotten about as I yield to the call of a tea party and/or the realization that it is imperative to make pancakes right then.
There is one thing we do at nearly the same time, every day though, and that is a post bed-time treat.
I am pretty sure we got into the habit when I realized that the promise of a treat goes a long way in keeping quiet/nap time semi quiet. (Does that make it a bribe? *cough*)
Once I realized how much smoother it helped make the afternoon, it stuck around.
Our ideal post-quiet-time treat has three criteria:
1. It is healthy while still being a fun treat.
2. It is easy and quick.
3. My kids (2,4, & 6) can help me with it, and it is still easy and quick.
I’ve been wanting to play around with a mango frosty recipe for a while now, as it just sounded so refreshing.
To keep it healthy, it is almost completely fruit. Frozen mango is the main taste, and bananas add a nice creaminess to it.
I usually have my kids cut and freeze the bananas ahead of time as they love jobs they can do all on their own. At least the older two, my toddler just alternates attacking the banana with her plastic knife and eating it.
When it comes time to making it, just dump the frozen fruit, coconut, a bit of natural sweetener, and lime juice for a bit of an added tropical flare to the banana-mango frosty.
Debra Worth is probably in the kitchen with her kids cooking up something allergy friendly to post on her blog Worth Cooking – where allergy friendly meets delicious and nutritious.