When I was little we used to sing this song at summer camp that made absolutely no sense in regards to camping activities; I like to eat, I like to eat, I like to eat eight apples and bananas. Our counselors would then change all of the vowels and we would sing the song five more repetitive times with the replacement of vowel sounds; A lake ta ate, E leke te ete, I like ti ite and so on and so forth. And then, there were those other counselors, probably trying to kill time, who would separate us into groups and sing the song in rounds. Needles to say, I NEVER FORGOT THAT SONG! And, years later, when my children were infants and toddlers, I found myself singing that very song to them as we strolled through the grocery store; I guess I was desperate to do anything to keep them entertained and sitting in the shopping cart vs. using it as their own personal jungle gym. Yes, the hats we wear as parents are many. The list just happens to include ‘chief entertainer’ and ‘cruise director’ on quite a few occasions. Next time you are in the produce aisle you can think about this crazy mom of three singing her kids through the grocery store, grab an apple and a banana and try one of our favorite combinations; The Apple-Banana Smoothie. Honestly this recipe is not song inspired, but it does make for a delicious combination and in the end, it’s true…I do like to eat apples and bananas.
Apple-Banana Smoothie by Jodie Fitz
1 banana, medium
1 cup milk
6 oz. vanilla yogurt
2 cups ice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons peanut butter
Wash and dry the apple. Peel, core and slice the apple. Peel and slice the banana. Add the sliced apple, sliced banana, vanilla yogurt, milk, ice, cinnamon, vanilla extract and peanut butter into the blender and mix everything thoroughly.
Make approximately three 8 oz. servings.
APPLES: Use your favorite kind of apple in making this smoothie. My personal favorites are gala and golden delicious.
PEANUT BUTTER: Use creamy peanut butter, not crunchy peanut butter, when making this recipe. I personally always purchase a natural or organic brand of peanut butter.
SILLY FUN: When I was little we used to play this very silly game with twisting off the stem of the apple. We would say a letter of the alphabet with every twist and somewhere, somehow, whatever letter you twisted the stem off became associated with someone you liked. Of course you can switch the game, especially with littler ones, and just like that owl that tried to figure out how many licks it took to get to the center of the tootsie pop, you can count how many twists it will take to remove the stem of an apple.
Disclosure: I am pleased to be working with MVP Health Care and the MVP Generation Go Program, which has sponsored this post. My participation is voluntary and my opinion is always my own, as is any advice offered.Jodie Fitz