Theo and I have a pretty good routine going. We rise early and the whole morning is toddler time – we have playdates or visit playgrounds, or he’s with his babysitter (who takes him on fun adventures). I make sure he has plenty of opportunity to run around and play… because after he wakes up from his afternoon nap, then it’s MOMMY TIME!

I ply him with snacks and strap him in the stroller for a one-hour jaunt on the seawall, rain or shine. It used to be jogging, but now at almost 5 months preggo, we’re at a fast walk instead (which will so progress to a slow waddle, I’m sure). He knows the routine, which is great – at any other time of the day, he’ll be shouting “Theo all done! Theo WALK!” mere minutes after his bum hits the stroller, but he seems to understand that this is just his life for an hour every day after his nap.

The only problem is, we get back, it’s dinner time. I’m starving, Theo is restless from sitting, and I still have to cook and be patient while he tugs my pant legs and says “Mama, up!” on repeat. I’d lose my mind if I didn’t have a snack to get me through.

Trust me, hanger + toddler are an explosive combination.

Today’s recipe is sponsored by Silk. Soymilk is a good choice if you’re looking to move toward more of a plant-based diet, or if you can’t drink cow’s milk – it’s a high-protein dairy milk alternative, which is an area where other milk substitutes are lacking. And Silk is non-GMO verified, which is kind of a big deal, given that 94% of soy crops in the US are genetically modified.

I made this cold, frothy smoothie the other day when I had an excess of sweet tangerines stockpiled in the freezer.

Very easy – only two ingredients, Silk Vanilla Soymilk and the oranges – but it tastes so much like a yummy creamsicle or an Orange Julius! It’s light and refreshing, but the soymilk’s protein gives it the staying power to last until dinner is on the table. Hanger avoided!

Two questions for you: 1. how do you dodge pre-dinner hanger? 2. who can spot the chubby fingers making a grab in one of the photos? 🙂

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Prep Time 2 mins


  • 1 cup Silk Vanilla Soymilk chilled
  • 1 generous cup frozen orange segments


  • Combine soymilk and orange segments in a blender and blend at high speed until frothy and smooth, about 45 seconds.

Last Updated on May 7, 2015 by Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

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