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Hi, I’m Regan Barnes from Momivate, and this is your two-minute Mom Tip empowering you to elevate your mothering experience.
There are beans in my fudge.
In my fudge.
Ya can't taste 'em. The fudge is still quite fudge-y -- *plenty* of sugar... The kids love it. I was even honest with them about the beans and they didn't seem worried at all.
I've been eating plenty of bean-y fudge and I can report that there are no gaseous side effects so far!
I’d also like to report an analogy that Beanie Fudge has brought to my mind.
21st century life is sweet!! Sometimes sickeningly sweet (like fudge). We have so many modern conveniences, time-saving devices, luxuries that are so commonplace we don’t even realize they’re luxuries anymore… and entertainment options out the wazoo.
When we hear about life even just one century ago, we moan and groan just thinking about all the work those poor people had to do. Work, after all, is a four-letter word!
Work is like the beans in my fudge... Hey, bean is four-letter word, too!
The fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein of beans offer life-sustaining substance amidst the sweetness that corrodes our teeth and disables our immune systems.
Admittedly, there is still approximately four times as much sugar as there are beans in this recipe. Maybe that mirrors our modern-day ratio of play-to-work? Back in our grandparents' day, it was mostly beans and maybe a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down...
Sometimes, I worry about our current culture of work avoidance, and feel that my duty as a mom is to introduce some beans in friendly ways, maybe disguised a bit in cocoa…
I don’t feel a need to eliminate the "sugar" altogether, but I conscientiously include *some* beans amidst the fudge so that if circumstances change and a reverse ratio of beans to sugar were required, it wouldn’t be a total shock to our systems!
I want to raise my children with both beans and sweetness. Hopefully, just like we’ve happily discovered about Beanie Fudge, this metaphorical equivalent will also be flatulence-free!
Moms, try making Beanie Fudge both in real life and metaphorically, then share if this practice elevates your mothering!
The recipe is on the Momivate website under the Blogs tab in Two Minute Mom Tips
1 Can of Black Beans -- about 1 and 1/4 cups -- drained and rinsed
3/4 Cup cocoa -- rounded
3/4 Cup butter and/or coconut oil, warm enough to be mostly liquid
4 Cups powdered sugar -- scant
NOW CHOOSE A FLAVOR:
2 Tbsps Vanilla
OR 6-8 drops peppermint essential oil
OR 3 Tbsp. peanut butter
Blend in food processor or blender until smooth & creamy! Pour onto waxed paper and refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving. Keep leftovers in the fridge -- if there are any! (Use at room temperature as frosting!)
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Hi, I’m Regan Barnes from Momivate, and this is your two-minute Mom Tip empowering you to YUMMIFY your mothering experience.
That’s right -- today’s tip is yummy! It’s one of my favorite smoothie recipes called Cuppa Reese’s...
It doesn't actually have any Reese's in it, so maybe I'm breaking some kind of trademark laws... But it does have chocolate and peanut butter in it, so really I am honoring the genius of the Reese's people by naming this concoction after their incredible delectable combination of ingredients.
Two things separate my recipe from the Reese's product:
First of all: It's drinkable!
Secondly: It's good for me! And for You!
The first ingredient in all my smoothies is spinach… I hide it in my food to help myself get more of this superfood goodness and (cross my heart) I do not notice the flavor when mixed with all the other yummies…
So, stuff a handful or two of fresh spinach (so we're strong to the finish!) down into the bottom of the blender. Here’s a hint: you can buy fresh spinach and, after washing it, throw it in the freezer since you’re just going to blend it up into a nice cold smoothie anyway!
Next throw in some frozen Banana Chunks -- about 1 and 1/2 banana's-worth
Add 1/4 cup each of cocoa powder and peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Now add your favorite milk (I like almond or coconut) -- maybe half a cup? Just enough to blend all these ingredients into creamy yummyness.
Gather the kids around for Cuppa Reese’s and they’ll much prefer this method of getting their spinach in their system!
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Share it on our Momivate facebook page! If you’re new to the world of smoothies, add spinach to your grocery list and try it out sometime this week, then share if this practice elevates your mothering!
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