Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Praiseworthy Food: Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday in the church calendar. Traditionally Christians fasted from meat products as a way of experiencing a sacrifice to commemorate the sacrifice Jesus gave for us. This meant that the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, they would need to use up all of their animal products such as milk, butter, eggs, etc… Pancakes were perfect for this so pancakes have become associated with this day.

Happily, IHOP has also designated this Pancake day and is giving away a short stack of pancakes to every guest. This is an effort to raise money for The Children's Miracle Network and they are asking for donations. Check it out on their website and head over to enjoy a short stack in observation of Shrove Tuesday!

Praiseworthy food and toys!

I just received my new Braun Powermax 2050 blender in the mail from Amazon. My old blender broke and this was rated a best buy from Consumer Reports and only $39! I celebrated by making the following which comes from the Disease Proof blog.

Chocolate Smoothie
5 oz. organic baby spinach
½ cup soy milk
½ cup pomegranate juice
1 medium banana
1 Tbsp. natural unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 Tbsp. flaxseed, ground
First, liquefy spinach in soy milk and pomegranate juice in the blender. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Serves 2.
As son told my daughter, don't turn your nose up at it until you've tried it. Instead of five ounces of baby spinach I used a head of romaine and my son (age 6) and I are sharing. I promise you will not taste the greens AT ALL. The chocolate is in my opinion overkill. You could easily make it without and just have a banana blueberry smoothie. Those of you who have people who don't like greens in your life try this. I used regular milk too by the way.