Best 100 Smoothies for Kids: Sample Q’s for Author Interview
Your own three children taste-tested the recipes in this book—which smoothie(s) were their favorites?
All three of my kids are so different, so they each probably have a different favorite. Abbi loves the Tutti-Frutti, Easton loves anything with chocolate, and Camden will pretty much drink any smoothie you put in front of him.
And what are YOUR favorites?
Of course I love the Red Velvet Smoothie, and the Maple Cream tastes just like a milkshake. And the Berry Beet – I totally fell in love with beets in my smoothies while writing this book!
Do you make the smoothies in your book for your own kids regularly?
Yep! We’ll go through phases where we will be making smoothies every single day, and other times it will be 2 or 3 times a week.
What prompted you to start a food blog?
I have always loved food, and I grew up with a mom who made 3 meals a day. So I think the cooking part is in my blood. I didn’t really start cooking for myself until I was married, but I started “collecting” recipe (from magazines and cookbooks) long before I really started cooking. But the reason I started food blogging was because of the photography. I had just started finding a passion for photography when I came across food blogs via flickr. I was immediately smitten. And then I think it was the community of blogging that really kept me blogging in those early years. I always laugh, though, when I say it was the photography, because the photos on my posts from those first few years are terrible!
How is writing a cookbook different from writing for your blog? Do you prefer one to the other?
I think the biggest difference is that you don’t get the immediate feedback from readers. I can post a recipe on my blog and know within a couple of days if it’s something that your readers like. But with a book, you write the recipes and test them, then a lot of time passes before the book is published, and for the most part, you never hear how much people like or dislike the recipes. I can only hope that they fall in love with every recipe – I know I did!
The “blogger spotlight” section of your blog is a great way to introduce readers to new food bloggers they didn’t know before. What’s your favorite part of being a food blogger/in the food blogger community?
I love how so many bloggers are so willing to share and pay it forward. I think that if I tried to do the whole blogging thing all by myself, I’d end completely lost. I love that other bloggers will help you out when needed, and support you when you need the support.
How hands-on are your kids in the kitchen? Do any of them seem to show a flair for cooking, or are they just happy with all of the delicious creations you make?
Oh my goodness – it’s hard for me to go into the kitchen without having at least one of them on my heels!! My daughter dreams of having her own YouTube cooking show in the very near future, and my youngest son always wants to pull up a chair and stir or help to add ingredients. My middle child isn’t as interested in helping in the kitchen, but he’ll still get in there every once in awhile.
Did you have to go through multiple blenders to find one you really liked? What do you really look for in a blender, and other favorite kitchen appliances?
I have had many blenders over the years, and really fell in love with my Blendtec. In the book, I say that you can make the smoothies without a high powered blender, but it sure does make things so much easier! Plus, it is good for more than just smoothies. I’ve definitely got some great use out of mine!
What are some ingredients to always keep on-hand for smoothie-making?
Frozen fruit, of course. I’m lucky (or crazy!) and have 3 freezers right now. One with the fridge in the kitchen, a deep freeze in the garage, plus another fridge/freezer combo in the garage. The fridge/freezer combo’s freezer has only frozen fruit in it. I love to freeze it when it’s in season so I know that it is high in flavor.
What’s a good age to introduce smoothies into a child’s diet?
As soon as they are eating solids! Of course, you’ll only want to use fruits and veggies that have been previously introduced into their diets, but you don’t need to wait until they can use a straw. You can spoon feed them the smoothie – and my bet is that those younger kids are the ones that are going to go totally crazy over the smoothies!
What do you prefer making more for your kids—smoothies or red velvet treats? ☺
That’s an unfair question, because we love them both!! We definitely make smoothies more than red velvet treats, but my kids do get excited over both!