10 October 2011

Little Chef Disney Creations ~ Lightning McQueen's High Octane Smoothie

Joey is more than a fan of Lightning McQueen.  I could honestly say he may be Lightning's number 1 super fan.  It only took one showing of Disney-Pixar's Cars, and Joey was hooked.  Our home is filled with Cars toys.  Joey's closet (in his Cars room) is filled with Cars clothes, and his bookshelf is stacked with Cars story books.  Needless to say, we love Lightning McQueen.  As we were cutting up some strawberries and mangoes one day, Joey noticed that the fruit was the colors of Lightning McQueen - this did not come as a surprise to me since it is a pretty common occurrence around here.  I asked him what we could create with this fruit for this month's Little Chef column.  He immediately came up with the idea of creating a smoothie.  When I asked him what is in a smoothie, he listed the ingredients he thought we needed. We created the smoothie exactly the way he explained it.  The recipe below is all Joey's!

This is the second recipe in our Little Chef series based on the Cars movies.  We still make our previous recipe World Grand Prix Sweet & Savory Kabobs pretty often and this recipe is another healthy way to get plenty of fruit in my children's diet.  As with all the recipes we share, the flavors and ingredients are all based on my children's favorites, but they can be easily adjusted to match your child's favorite.

I used a mango slicer to cut the mango - it is
one of my favorite kitchen tools
(See my note below on how to dice the mango)
12 to 15 Frozen strawberries
1 mango, diced**
1 - 6oz. cup vanilla or strawberry yogurt
3/4 c. milk
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Serve immediately
As with our previous Cars post, you can also adjust the flavors and colors of the ingredients to represent your child's favorite Cars character.

Here is a quick list of fruits and yogurt by color if you need a little color inspiration:
Purple/Blue: Blackberries, Blue Berries, Purple Grapes
Green: Green Grapes, Honeydew Melon, Lime
Yellow/Orange: Mango, Pineapple, Nectarines, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Oranges
Red: Strawberries, Watermelon, Cherry
White: Banana, Apple, Vanilla

**The mango slicer is one kitchen tool I use often.  My kids love mangoes, and until Kristen told me about the mango slicer, I had no idea it even existed!  The easiest way to dice a mango for us is to start by using the slicer (seen in the photo of the ingredients).  Then, I use a knife to cut strips horizontally and vertically, represented by the photo to the left.  Then, the kids can use spoons to scoop the mango "cubes" from the skin.

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  1. Another great Little Chef recipe! Mmmm that looks delicious and healthy too. I just love this series!!
    I had no idea there was such a thing as a mango slicer! I've got to get one!! Thanks for the tip!!

  2. Deb - I do not know how I survived in the kitchen all those years without a mango slicer. It took me a lot of shopping to finally find a spot that sells them. If you can't find one near where you live, let me know!

    Joey has is now referring to himself as a smoothie chef to his sisters. He has now moved on from listing combinations to create Cars themed ones to creating Princess themed ones for the girls.

  3. awesome! I don't think I've ever purchased a mango... maybe I should! :)

  4. Beth - Hayley eats mangoes like they are candy. She loves them. But I highly recommend the slicer. :-)

  5. I need to try this!!! Great post!


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