Hi everyone, how’s your half-term going? Good I hope. Ours has actually been really lovely (I know, I sound really surprised!). So far we’ve had a few friends over for play-dates, the twins have been to a sports holiday club, we’ve picked our pumpkins and we have been swimming. As well as a long walk trying to dodge the rain and lots of playing at home.
For some people their half-term is next week – so good luck to you guys. I must say that being freelance and juggling work, kids, days out etc can be tough during the school holidays, but I’ve found that a little prep here and therefore beforehand has meant that we’re having a nice week and that everyone is still talking to each other. Just.
One half-term activity that we have been up to this week is making fruit smoothies again. One of our favourite things to do together over the last few years (when they were little) was to make home-made smoothies in our kitchen and then enjoy drinking them. The twins absolutely love them and these days want to help me more & more in the kitchen, such as chopping the fruit, pouring the milk and adding it all into the blender. Now that the twins are in school all week, full-time, we tend to make them at weekends, or after school if we need to use up some fruit.
It is such a great way of getting them interested in (and enjoying) their fruit and helps towards their 5-a-day portions. Plus it’s quick and easy. I also find that it is a great deal cheaper than buying the ready-made smoothies you can get in the shops and you get to pick your favourite ingredients.
In ours we pop in fruit such as bananas, raspberries, blueberries, pear, apple etc as well as milk and/or apple juice to make the texture easier for the twins to drink through a straw. It’s a lot like a milkshake really and each time we end up with a different variation on last time. We sometime use frozen fruit too if we’ve got some of that in the freezer.
The super lovely folk at Vita Coco got in touch with me recently and asked me if we’d like to try their diary-free Coconut Milk in our home-made smoothies, and as it isn’t something that I have ever bought for the family before but have been interested to try, I went for it! They sent us out some of their coconut milk, plus these cool little personalised aprons, as well as the bottles & straws with their names on. So cute.
The smoothies that Harry & Lottie made tasted delicious. I joined in with having one too as I am also trying to get more fruit into my diet, especially in the autumn & winter months when I don’t feel like fruit and just want to eat cake and biscuits. It’s a great way for me to eat lots of fruit in one hit.
The Vita Coco Coconut Milk we used is plant-based and made from their unique blend of Vita Coco’s Coconut Water, coconut cream, and other Non-GMO certified ingredients. It has no added sugar or carrageenan and is dairy-free, lactose-free, and soy-free. This is great news if you are looking to avoid dairy or soy or want an alternative to milk. To be honest I didn’t notice any difference in the taste of these smoothies, they were gorgeous and we have been using semi-skimmed milk forever. You can pick it up in most supermarkets or online here.
Our smoothies got a big thumbs up from the experts at the end.
The next recipe that I am going to be trying with my new coconut milk is the Pina Colada.
Cheers, and happy half term.
Love, Jess x
Vita Coco Coconut Milk can be found in the chilled, dairy-free aisle in Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Wholefoods and online at Ocado. Available in an iconic 1L PET bottle designed format with a recommended retail of £2.99.
This post was written in collaboration with Vita Coco.