Looking back at photos, I'm shocked to remember that it was only recently that our new refrigerator was delivered. Our old refrigerator has been in our garage, which I thought was going to be just a little less convenient than having it in the house. Did I mention our garage is not attached? And downhill from the house? And the inside was slammed full of heavy boxes?
The kids survived mainly on Stonyfield Super Smoothies and trail mix. Food had to be easy, with little mess, healthy, substantial, and - here's the tough one - the kids had to like it. After months of living that way, the yogurt smoothies and the trail mix were the only things to stay on the approved list. I have boxes of granola bars that quickly fell out of favor.
The day after the new refrigerator arrived was the best day of Rocket's life (according to him, I would have aimed slightly higher): the TV was hooked up and Stonyfield helped stock the refrigerator. He pounded the YoKids sMOOthies. Both kids debated how many smoothies were too many to drink in one day. The ruling: three is perfect, four is too many. What they really meant was I'd allow three, but not four. They'd drink them by the case, if I let them.
Stonyfield Super Smoothies are large - perfectly sized for an adult or a hungry Rocket - but the YoKids sMOOthies are kid sized, which means they make a great snack, and before opening one, I don't need to quiz Rocket on how hungry he really is and making him promise to finish it. I like that it's a healthy snack, and that while the kids think they're drinking a strawbana (you read that right) or wild berry smoothie, they don't know that the drinks contain veggies as well. Ha! Rocket wouldn't mind knowing he was taking in some pureed carrot, radish or other vegetable, but Clover would. We grab the smoothies on our way out the door to softball or baseball practice, and the kids drink them in the car. Rocket's other key time is about an hour before dinner, when he knows I'm going to say no to most other snack requests.
The kids would not have done so well through the remodel without Stonyfield Smoothies. Our new refrigerator has a french door style opening, and at least twice a day, I catch Rocket standing in front of the open doors, admiring the food and counting the YoKids sMOOthies. Every day is a great day for him.
Disclosure: Stonyfield provided the YoKids sMOOthies for free. We have and will continue to purchase Stonyfield products because they provide healthy products that are organic and sustainably raised. Not all yogurts in the Whole Foods refrigerator can say the same. All opinions are mine