Here's hoping for another good year filled with adventure!
We spent part of this January first on a walk through part of the Pennypack Preserve exploring what was in our own neighborhood. We had been cooped up indoors for two days of play/relaxation and I felt we all needed to get out for a walk. The kiddo was adamantly against it and agreed to only take a walk in Whole Foods (WTF?) Instead, I insisted that we go for a walk outdoors and promised to stop by Whole Foods afterwards.
It was really cold but it was fun to explore this park that is less than a mile from our home yet we never go there. We found a flock of wild turkeys that were a bit frightened by us!
We found a frozen pond that the kiddo had fun hurling sticks onto the ice to see how far they glided. We also checked out a small spring house.
Then we got to see the sun start to set...
Afterwards, as promised, we went for a walk around Whole Foods. When I asked him why there, he replied that he liked it there and wanted to buy chips. I said no to that and asked him if he wanted to find his new food to try there. On New Year's Eve we had a discussion as a family about what we wanted to have as goals for the new year. One of the ideas we all agreed to was that the kiddo (and parents if applicable) would try one new food per month this year and even went as far as to plan to find different ways to serve that food. So we went on a quest at Whole Foods to find a new food to try this month.
The kiddo wants the new food to be new to all of us, however he doesn't realize how adventurous his parents are. We decided to add green smoothies and drinks to our January menu. I've tried green drinks before and didn't really like them, but they are really healthy so I'm willing to give them a try again. I decided to purchase pre-made green drinks first, since in the past my attempts to make them were miserable. I just don't have a blender or juicer that will emulsify the veggies to a drinkable texture. (I am always tempted by the Vitamix blender, but am just unsure of that kind of investment!) We picked out two smoothies, a green one and a blue one. We tried the green one when we got home.
The kiddo declared it delicious! He loves green apples, so he thought it was full of them, and disagreed with me when I informed him that they had broccoli, spinach and kale too. We just went along with him not believing that the green was from veggies. I also picked up a bunch of kale, so maybe I'll try to make a homemade smoothie with my new stick blender I got for Christmas.
Happy New Year!