Most of you know that I sometimes tend to go a little overboard with my kids birthdays and other special occasion parties.  So coming to a party with a life-sized Candy Land board game running both through the inside and around the outside of my home probably would not seem that unusual to some.

My daughter started her big day with her favourites: vegan chocolate chip banana pancakes, watermelon and apple slices, and her Mama’s Gingerbread Smoothie.  But then it all went down hill from there.  After the licorice she got ‘stuck’ eating at Licorice Forest, the lollipop she was ‘forced’ to suck on in the Lillipop Woods, snow cone she put back in record time at Snowflake Lake or the cotton candy that King Kandy waved in front of her nose at Candy Castle, its safe to say that my baby girl probably has had her fill of sugary crap that will last until her Sweet Sixteen (which I should probably start planning for now).  I mean, this party even had a mini Chocolate Swamp (a.k.a. chocolate fountain, running vegan chocolate of course)!  But you only turn 4 once, right?  Can’t blame her for going all out, the child thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she is given a cracker!  So to be faced with all that not so-healthy yummy goodness, she was in her glory.  There was as much fruit and veggies a girl could want, she just chose to only eat the ones dipped in chocolate.  In this house we’re all about making our own choices.  I guess we have our work cut out for us with this girl.  Oh, mother’s guilt will remain for an eternity after this day I’m sure. 

My children’s new favourite breakfast drink is Mama’s Gingerbread Smoothie.  Well, that’s what I call it to make it fun for them and so they think their Mama is a genius armed with a blender.  It’s really just the cinnamon that makes my kids think it’s a special treat.  Take a look at the way I usually make mine, (I say usually because I tend to use whatever I have on hand).  Experiment with different ingredient add-ins that you enjoy.  It’s hard to mess up a smoothie, so change it up if you want to try something a little different.  Don’t forget to add a bit of water if it is too thick for your liking.

Mama’s Gingerbread’ Smoothie

1 ½ cups almond milk (or favourite milk of your choice)
1-2 bananas
1 tbsp organic oil blend (my favourite is Usana’s Optomega)
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp black ground chia seeds

Oh yeah, and of course if you can, try to sneak in a cup of kale.  They will not even notice, promise.  At least mine don’t!

Blend all ingredients on high for at least 1 minute.  Enjoy!

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