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Recipe for tropical fruit smoothies that your kids will love!

I usually stick to my old recipes for smoothies…I make the same ones over and over again. One night I decided to do something a little different and went for a more tropical flavor. The kids loved it! And so did I!

Tropical fruit smoothie ingredients including papaya, mango, pineapple, strawberry, mango nectar, yogurt and carnation breakfast essentials.

Here’s what I did to make killer tropical fruit smoothies:

1. Get a tropical fruit blend or make your own. I like the kind I buy at Costco it’s a frozen fruit blend and includes mango, papaya, strawberries, and pineapple.

2. Choose a yogurt that you like. I often use plain vanilla yogurt, but this time I used strawberry yogurt.

3. Select a tropical juice that you will use. I chose Langers Mango Nectar, also purchased at Costco.

4. Choose a protein powder, or a breakfast essentials powder that you would like to use. I chose Carnation breakfast essentials in vanilla.

5. Pour the juice into the blender, followed by your tropical fruit, your yogurt, and then your powder cover and blend.

Tropical fruit smoothies in a blender.

The secret ingredient here is the Carnation breakfast essentials (and really tasty tropical fruit of course), it adds a little bit of frothiness and extra vitamins and I love it.


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Olive oil, feta cheese and sweet peppers to make Feta stuffed peppers.

Feta stuffed peppers.

These are a super yummy super easy appetizer to make for any party. We just made them for Bunco night! You only need three ingredients:

  • Sweet peppers
  • Feta cheese
  • Olive oil

I got this bag of sweet peppers from Costco, the large box of crumbled feta cheese was also from Costco. The organic olive oil I got at my local grocery store.

  1. First clean the peppers.
  2. Slice each pepper in half lengthwise.
  3. Do a very thorough job of rinsing out all the seeds. (This is one of the time-consuming parts)
  4. Lay each pepper flat on a cookie sheet or baking sheet.
  5. Stuff each pepper with feta cheese. (This is the second time consuming part.)
  6. Drizzle with olive oil. Then bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until the edges of the peppers and the top green portion of the peppers start to turn slightly brown.
  7. Eat and enjoy!

Very tasty and satisfying. And a great way for those of us who don’t really like peppers to feel very adult and sit around munching peppers with other people who love peppers.


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