I’ve heard in more than one class on Jewish thought that life is like an escalator. We’re constantly moving along, either up or down. If we’re not growing, than we’re more likely to be descending than remaining stagnant. I’ve seen it in my own life in spirituality, and certainly that’s the message of counting the days from Passover to Shavuos.

But without making any confessions about the state of my current spiritual affairs, I can say this much: in striving to live and model a healthy lifestyle, I’m on the up escalator. And I’ve got Smoothie Cones to prove it.

The cones were a result of changing my ways after feeding my friends’ kids store-bought popsicles, full of food coloring and fake flavors. It’s not the worst thing a kid could eat, which is why I wasn’t overwrought when my son requested them at Target. The amount of food coloring and sugar in them is not so much, and besides, there are worse evils in processed food, right? At least that’s what I explained to my two healthy friends as they came to fetch their green-mouthed kids. Both women were perfectly nice, for the record, but were nonetheless surprised that I bought the popsicles. It’s a normal food product in most houses, but in mine?

And as I explained my reasoning, I realized how ridiculous I sounded. I shut my mouth and committed to replace our broken homemade popsicle molds. And when Target had none left, I took one look at the snow cone packages and came up with a plan.

Smoothie Cones, perfect for play dates, perfect for Shavuos.

Life’s about growth, right?

1 overripe banana
1 cup frozen strawberries, berries, mango or any frozen fruit you like
1 cup milk, soy milk or coconut milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt (if you’re making them dairy)
1/2 cup fresh spinach (optional, but I promise your kids won’t taste it, and you’ll get away with feeding them spinach as long as you don’t tell them!)
2T wheat germ (optional)

Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. Fill cones halfway and add a straw. Carefully line them up in the grates of your freezer and freeze about 40 minutes. Serve when they are still a little slushy.

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