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Strawberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie

Strawberry banana yogurt smoothie

My inspiration for this month was breakfast. I am not normally a breakfast person. Mornings are not my thing. I’m the kind of person that groggily rolls out of bed and stumbles to the bathroom, cursing the entire time. I’m barely human for several hours after waking, no matter how well I slept. So breakfast inspiration? Haha. Coffee. That’s my breakfast. The kids are lucky if they get cereal!

Strawberry banana yogurt smoothie

I’ve been making smoothies a lot lately, though. Green smoothies. protein smoothies, fruit smoothies. This smoothie strongly reminds me of the ever-popular Yop in my childhood. I saw it again in the grocery store recently, and I was aghast at all the sugar and garbage in it. And the price? I wanted to faint. I knew the kids would love it, but really, how hard could it be to make it myself at home? The answer: not hard at all. A blender and some fruit is all I needed. If this isn’t sweet enough you could add a little honey, but my kids love it just the way it is. And both my brain and my wallet feel good about giving it to them.

Strawberry banana yogurt smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 banana
1 cup milk
1 cup greek yogurt

Combine fruit, milk and yogurt in a blender. Blend until smooth and serve. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for a couple days.

For other ideas on how to make your life more delicious, visit the Life Made Delicious page for inspiration!

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Orange Yogurt Drink

Orange Yogurt Drink

My kids love yogurt. And even more than yogurt, my kids love those little single-serve bottles of drinkable yogurt. You know what I mean – Yop, DanActive, Danimals… little bottles of sweet, yogurty goodness laden with all kinds of artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, and not to mention ridiculously overpriced, and all the package waste. And I’m not even that confident that there’s all that much in the way of probiotic benefit in most of the mass-produced commercial ones. I’m sure you can see where this post is going! In the interest of frugality (or cheapness, as my husband loves to call it) and avoiding all those stabilizers, preservatives and other additives, I decided that I would try making my own. How hard could it possibly be? The answer: this is so ridiculously easy, you might kick yourself for not trying it sooner.

Orange Yogurt Drink

This yogurt drink is really versatile. Add whatever fruit you like – we had lots of oranges, so that was Eliza’s choice. If you find it’s not sweet enough, add a drizzle of honey. This was 100% kid approved, both my five year old and two year old drank big cups of it and immediately asked for more. I think this will successfully keep my kids from begging for yogurt drinks when we’re at the grocery store!

And a suggestion for those of you who are non-dairy – I have read that you can pretty much do the same thing with non-dairy products like kefir and your milk substitute of choice. I haven’t tried this myself as we aren’t a dairy-free household, but if you are, you may want to give this a go with non-dairy alternatives!

Orange Yogurt Drink

Orange Yogurt Drink

Two oranges, one orange zested, both peeled & cut into pieces
1 cup milk
1 cup greek yogurt

Combine orange zest & pieces, milk and yogurt in a blender. Blend until smooth and serve. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for a couple days, just shake it up again before serving.

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Avocado Oatmeal Face Mask

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I am not a particularly beauty-focused gal, but I do like to treat myself once in a while. One thing I do love is a good face mask, but I have a hard time finding commercial products that are a) good for my super-dry skin, b) don’t make my poor sensitive skin break out in rashes, and c) are cheap. Cheap is the deciding factor for me more often than not, so I’ve been working on some DIY stuff that I can make with ingredients I almost always have in my kitchen.

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Some research got me started on an avocado-based mask. I have really, really dry skin, and living in the prairies doesn’t help, especially in the winter. Keeping my face soft and supple in the winter is always a daunting task. This combination of avocado, honey, yogurt and oats is moisturizing and gently exfoliating, exactly what I need to fight back against winter dryness. I added some lavender essential oil at the end, to make it smell pretty, and for the antiseptic and calming benefits that lavender has. This is purely optional, it’s nice without the essential oil, too. The end result is a mask that left my skin soft without being greasy, and feeling perfectly moisturized.

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A note about this mask – I use uncooked oats, because I find the cooked ones make it too slimy and not exfoliating enough for my liking. I used my coffee grinder to grind the oatmeal coarsely. I didn’t grind them particularly fine, just a few pulses. It did leave the mask a bit chunky, but not so much so that it was impossible to apply. I used a makeup brush and my fingers {and a little patience!} to get a nice, thick layer. And I may have ended up looking a little like a swamp monster.

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Avocado Oatmeal Face Mask

1/2 avocado
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp yogurt
1/4 cup uncooked oats, ground coarsely
3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

Mash together avocado, honey, and yogurt. Mix in oats. Stir in lavender essential oil, if desired.

Apply mixture to a clean, make-up free face {Tip: this is messy! Make sure you are leaning over your sink!}, and let sit for 10-15 minutes, then massage gently in a circular motion to exfoliate gently. Gently remove the mask with a warm, damp cloth, and follow with your favourite moisturizer.

This recipe makes a lot, easily enough for two people. If you’d like, cut the recipe in half if you’re just making it for yourself, or make a full recipe and use the extra for a moisturizing hair treatment. Massage into your scalp, let sit for 15 minutes, and rinse. Follow with shampoo and conditioner as usual.

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