But now the finer weather has started to appear over the horizon, I have started to crave healthier foods. Being a vegetarian, naturally I lean towards salads and fruit.
Today I am craving smoothie.
So I have:
125g Raspberries (Tesco's frozen)
125g Blueberries (Tesco's frozen)
Natural fat-free yoghurt
A dribble of Apple Juice
I don't have a blender, so I used a mini-chopper which was kindly gifted to me by a lovely friend. It's a fab wee thing and does an awful lot of work in this house! I use it for nearly everything.
Of course, word gets out quite quickly that 'Mum is cooking' (ha ha!), so what is supposed to be a quick and easy job is doubled, but the payoff is getting something healthy into the boys.
The raspberries look lovely when frozen and as Tom discovered 'They do melting in your mouth!' He also mentioned that some of them 'look like they are shouting for help!', which I suppose is quite sinister when you think about what is about to happen to them :0
Ethan likes to 'cook' up on the counter, while Tom is just tall enough to reach the whizzer, for the all-important button pressing!
The yoghurt, rasps and blueberries look lovely all together just before blitzing. As you can see, Tom pinched a couple raspberries - he couldn't resist.
We whizzed it all up. The only problem was, it was quite thick and the whizzer stopped whizzing! The mixture was a wee bit too thick. Never mind, Ethan to the rescue with the wooden spoon! This is where we added a splash of apple juice to loosen it up a bit.
But, if you get the apple juice out then you have to pour juice for the boys. In their favourite cups of course!
The result: not quite a smoothie, but some kind of frozen, chilly sorbet with delicious pieces of still-frozen fruit to 'do MORE melting in your mouth, Mum!'
It definitely comes Thomas-approved! The cups were ditched and bowls and spoons became the order of the day, which was fab. Must keep this in mind for summertime snacking.
'It's really delicious mum. I really love it!'
Presumably if we had waited longer, or used unfrozen fruit the result would have been more smoothie-esque, but as it stands, this is a delicious treat for young (and old!) people. There's definitely something moreish about it.
I think in the summer, I might try to freeze it on ice-lolly sticks - maybe then I can convince Ethan McFussy-eater to try them!