Okay, I didn’t mean body-surfing through a crowd of drinking—singing—gyrating spring break party monsters. I do mean trying out a new game that’s perfect for the moment.
My 13-year old son and I invented a really cool family card game.
He made it up, because he wanted kids to like it. I made it beautiful, because that’s what I do best (besides researching disease + health and practicing photoshop sorcery to create outrageously funny images). This card game is really unique because kids have a blast playing it, and while they’re racing to win they (subconsciously) learn all about healthy food and then might (unexpectedly) ask their parents if they can make an (OMG—healthy!) smoothie. Can you imagine that? Well I watched a bunch of families play the game through Zoom and then followed up and the kids were interested in doing just that. Has your kid ever asked for a kale—beet—red pepper—mango—coconut oil smoothie? Well then get ready for the unbelievable…
Want to know more? Here’s a video where my son shows you how to play the game! (Next stop….Broadway?) We filmed it during Covid lockdown so it’s sort of a glorified home video but I think you’ll enjoy it anyway.
Here’s our family playing the game.
Whooops! That was an outtake, you weren’t supposed to see my husband getting strangled (He had a card my kid wanted). We’re much more presentable here:
Well at least I am, lol.
Here are some of the delicious and delightful cards that will (hopefully) endear themselves to your kids.
What’s so great about smoothies?
The amazing thing is that you can put almost anything in and then customize it to your taste buds. So everyone in the family can find a flavor combo they like. All the ingredients I recommend in the game—and there are over 40—are inexpensive and easy to find. A smoothie can be a meal or a snack or breakfast. And it is the best method ever! to get veggies into kids. Kids like experimenting and being creative so let them try different things…might be a little messy, but pretend they’re a mad scientist. This is also a good opportunity to teach them some kitchen etiquette, and also knife protocols. Before you know it, your kid may be making her own breakfast—the healthiest one imaginable—a quick nutrient infusion before the school day. If you’re lucky there might be some leftover for you 🤗… This can also be a fun family project for the weekends.
Why is now the right time? So many reasons:
- You did too many baking projects (or pizza take out) in the last year and the sugar and carbs are dripping off your hips. Your kids are bouncing off the walls from boredom (and sugar addiction). Time to switch gears and get healthy again! You want your kids to have good habits and this is the perfect place to start.
- Easter is right around the corner, and the Easter Bunny was desperately trying to find something new and shiny to put in all those baskets with the chocolate eggs. The card game is an adorable gift and will help transition kids out of their sugar coma and into the kitchen to eat something nutritious.
What about Passover, you ask? Yes, the card game is totally bread-free, and all the ingredient cards in it are Passover-friendly, so it can be played on the kitchen table (and you can make the smoothies it inspires) all through the holiday.
Now that I’ve whet your appetite, there’s more good news:
It’s on sale till April 4.
It takes about a week to ship to most places, so you’ll want to order it right away. But even if it misses the holiday, it won’t miss spring, and it’ll make the season more fun and more fulfilling! I want to breathe new life into this extended lockdown and make the tail end of it as good as it can be (and as furry as a bunny).
Wishing you health and safe entertainment,