Five things

I don’t know how you can say you overindulged over the holidays because I’m pretty sure I ate all the treats. Sometimes because they were there, sometimes because they were just too good, and sometimes because I was stressed out (I’m a terrible stress-eater!). But there are plenty of other things that aren’t brownies that are really good too, and much healthier all-round. This week I loaded up on fruits and veggies to try some of the recipes in Julie Daniluk’s three-day hot detox and three-day reboot cleanse.

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I’m not following either to the letter (see last night’s tacos) but I’m loving the recipes I’ve tried. The berry boost smoothie is a surprisingly delicious and energizing blend of mood-boosting spinach, fruit, coconut beverage, hemp hearts and a few other things, and the broccoli blender soup is also tasty and satisfying.

broccoli soup

Have you ever tried a detox or a cleanse? How did it go?

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A shout-out to 1Milk2Sugars PR for their speedy delivery of the Clarisonic prize package I won from My Fash Avenue just before the holidays. It arrived this week in this beautiful box full of items (including a Clarisonic Aria — woot!) to make my skin clean, clear and younger-looking. Have you joined the #sonicrevolution?

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Yesterday we went to IKEA for the first time in a couple of months and look what’s arrived since our last go-round! The IKEA Paper Shop! It took everything in me not to load a cart with all the pretty decorations, stationary, wrapping paper and washi tape.

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And speaking of stationary, look for a giveaway this week for your chance to win this More Is More notebook from The Red Bow and some my other faves from Chapters and Target.

Have a good week everybody!

A tough sell

The fresh pea and edamame soup in the latest issue of Today’s Parent magazine has all the delicious goodness you want to get into your kids.

But can you? Could I? I tried tonight.

soup ingredients

Apart from the mint and the feta, I had everything in the house. (Frozen peas and edamame are totally okay.)

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Boil, strain, and whizz everything together. Easy-peasy. (Pardon the pun.)

soup in the bowl

Um, it’s awfully green.

This would be an uphill battle.

I intended to ease my kids into the idea, but before I got the chance to say anything my six-year-old daughter saw the magazine open to the recipe and exclaimed,

“Ewww, mom! Did you make that?”

She actually recoiled.

We don’t make the kids eat anything they genuinely don’t like, but they do have to try it.

soup reaction

What you don’t see is her taking the tiniest sip, then spitting it back into the bowl.

(That was the best picture so of course it didn’t turn out.)

She was brave enough to give it a second go, but that was it.

She and her brother were totally grossed out. As I expected. I mean, really.

But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t recommend it. For you.

I had the soup (the kids gobbled up some quick quesadillas) and oh my lambs, I could eat vats of the stuff. It is SO delicious.

And a cinch to throw together.

What do you think? Would you get it down your kids? Do they have to eat foods they don’t like? Are there recipes you didn’t think they’d like that they love? Let me know in the comments.