The kids had a nice, mellow school vacation last week. The 11YO was in great shape by then. He probably didn't need that third week of recuperation after his appendectomy, but who's going to argue with another seven days of lazing around reading, building with Legos, and watching the Olympics? You enjoy those things so much more when you don't feel like crap.
I made the kids some healthy smoothies to help get the 11YO's digestive tract back on track after his no-nonsense course of antibiotics. Time to repopulate all the good bacteria that were cleared out of his gut. So we blended up some local yogurt with some very far-flung ingredients, like pineapple mango coconut and strawberry blackberry banana. Of course, the one he liked best was the one with chocolate, peanut butter, and banana. Who could blame him? He could use some fattening up anyway. We enjoyed sipping them while watching ski cross, which was by far the kids' favorite Olympic sport. Seeing the skiers bouncing over the hills and into the air (and each other) made for super-exciting viewing, but the sport also struck me as infuriatingly random not to mention a one-way ticket to the hospital. (The other highlight of ski cross, in case you missed it, was this. Yes, Slovenia gets the gold medal for the winningest Olympic mustache.)
I did kick the boys out of the house once in a while so they could engage in some low-impact sports like snow-fort-building. Maybe that will be added to the Olympic roster at some point. If so, I know what we'll be using for an energy boost.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
For children who suddenly decide that they hate bananas (I'm looking at you, 8YO), you can make the smoothie without banana, pour some off into a glass, and then add the banana to the rest. Because it really is much better with the banana. (No it isn't, says the 8YO.)
1 pint vanilla frozen yogurt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey (or sugar)
Mix everything together in a blender on high, and voila. Serves 2, maaaaaybe 3.
Frozen yogurt: Stonyfield Farms, Londonderry, NH
Milk: Our Family Farms of Massachusetts, Greenfield, MA
Peanut Butter: Teddie, Everett, MA
Honey: Boston Honey Company, Reseska Apiaries, Holliston, MA