Its the school holidays and we have lots of play dates. Lots of boys around the house being noisy and busy. I love their energy, their simplicity, they boisterous plays. They are very much in their bodies, riding hard, kicking balls and getting all sweaty and dirty, with the occasional tears and bloody knees.
And then they are hungry. Like, every hour. A voraciousness that carrot sticks and apples won’t satiate. And when the cries of “Mum, I am hungry!!” erupt, its hard to ignore. These wiry bodies keep growing and burning energy so fast, I wonder what they will eat when they reach the teenage years. I am hearing stories of giant plates of food and loafs of bread a day. I can only imagine.
Today, in the mix of boy plays and bike jumps in the front yard, is also the big girl, who is just as confortable amongst the boys as she is with her girlfriends. She can hold her own and actually loves directing and organising them a bit. At the moment they are having bike jump competition, and she is there, with her clipboard, taking notes and keeping time.
Days like this, it is bliss…..then there are the other days….
But to keep the fed and watered, I make big jugs of milk shake. Every one likes a milk shake, and even the visitor who is used to the cafe variety and not my ‘healthy’ version, has given me the chocolate moustached thumbs up.
I like to keep it simple when feeding a crowd. I hold off on the super foods and expensive add ons and go for tasty, filling and nourishing.
Boy Hungry Chocolate Mylk Shake (serves 3)
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 heaped tbs raw cacao
- 3 cups Almond milk (or any other milk you have)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw cashews (or sunflower seeds)
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
Pop everything in a blender and whizz before someone notices the avocado. This is sweet enough for us, but you could add a date or 1 tbs rice malt syrup or maple to make it sweeter.
This mix covers you with high protein and mineral rich nuts, healthy fats with avocado and coconut oil and some anti-oxidants and happiness inducing raw cacao. Win/Win. But be creative, you can add so much more. Even a kale leaf could be hidden in there, or some berries and an egg yolk.
Enjoy the holidays and this stunning autumn weather.