Ethan’s Progress Report – Recipe: Banana and Cashew Butter Smoothie

Ethan has had a great week.  I must admit that I have been concerned about school starting.  Of course, I am sad, in denial, and just bummed that school starts in just over one short week.  But, in addition to that, I have been feeling like Ethan was not ready to tackle 1st grade.  After the sinus infection diagnosis, I was hopeful that maybe he would start feeling like himself again.  Do not get me wrong.  Ethan is always lovable, sweet, happy, and fun-loving.  He just has not been himself the past few weeks.  Normally he thrives during the summer, and we just were not seeing it this summer.  He was more emotional and very fatigued.  In general, he just seemed to get overwhelmed with things more easily than normal.   However, that has changed this week, and we are thrilled!

Ethan has been on his antibiotic for 10 days.  We are also giving him a probiotic and Difulcan to make sure that his intestinal system does not get shot.  Needless to say, we are trying hard to cover all of our bases.  Anyway, Ethan has made remarkable improvement this week.  He has become the little clown again, making everyone laugh with a humor that you can only understand once you see and truly know Ethan.  There is just something about him that makes everyone laugh, in a good way.  And, he has been waking up with his classic Ethan smile and hugs again, clearly feeling good and happy to be awake, ready to start the day.

He is still eating very well and does not seem to be resisting anything.  Since we were all back at home this week, it was much easier for us to all stick to a healthy, consistent diet, with some of our favorite meals.  I have noticed that he is eating his fruits and vegetables so much better now.  And, he seems to just have an increased appetite overall.

Best of all…Ethan had a great pizza and movie night.  We watched Rio.  If you have seen it, you might remember the part where Blue and Jewel kiss.  Well, right before they kissed, Ethan slapped his hand on his head and said, “Oh, man!”  He knew that it was coming, and, in typical Ethan fashion, he had to be animated about it.  His reaction was one of the best parts of my whole week.  He is so amazingly smart when it comes to watching movies, anticipating what will happen, and reacting to everything so appropriately. It amazes us; it truly, truly amazes us.  We cannot wait until he can fully express his thoughts about what all is going on in movies, at school, and in life.

Does this all make me anymore ready for the 1st day of school?   Nope.  But, it does give me peace that Ethan will find his own way in 1st grade, just as he did in Kindergarten.  It will not always be an easy road that he will travel, but I think that he is ready to start the journey, at least from a health stand-point.  Just like any other child, any other person, he is at his best when he is happy and healthy. I am still nervous and worried about a new year, new classmates, new schedule.  But, I am always nervous and worried about that for Gabriel and will one day be for Summer, as well.  We will continue to hope, pray, and believe that Ethan will continue to find success in all that he does.  His success might not look the same as the success of other children his age, but, to us, when Ethan succeeds, we can hear the angels singing his praises.

Today’s Menu:

  • Breakfast – Scrambled eggs and waffles (We ate these because I have not attempted homemade wheat, gluten, and dairy free ones yet).  I will get there; a really will.
  • Lunch – Hotdogs (no buns), peaches, grapes, and chips
  • Dinner – Pizza and movie night!
  • Snack – We were out running errands, so we stopped at Sonic for happy hour.

Today’s recipe is actually something from yesterday’s menu, so I wanted to share it today before I forget.

Banana and Cashew Butter Smoothie

Banana and Cashew Butter Smoothie

This is a great smoothie for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up. And, it is such a flexible recipe. You could add cow's milk, goat's milk, or almond milk in place of the soy milk, regular yogurt in place of the coconut yogurt, and peanut butter, sesame seed spread, or almond butter in place of the cashew butter.


2 frozen bananas

1 1/2 cups soy milk

1 cup coconut yogurt (we like this one)

1 tablespoon cashew butter

1 tsp vanilla


  1. Put all of the ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth.

As I am preparing for the school year, it is increasingly important to me that we incorporate healthy, easy, fun, and flexible into more of our meals.  The day-to-day is crazy and busy enough.  Mealtime should be the easiest, best part of the day.  This is a breakfast recipe that will start the morning off on a good note and set the tone for great things to come throughout the day.  Great things…that is what we hope is in store for Ethan in 1st grade, Gabriel in 3rd grade, and Summer as she starts her little dance school.  And, it is with those thoughts of greatness that I will wrap up this lengthy progress report.  Have a great weekend!

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2 Responses to Ethan’s Progress Report – Recipe: Banana and Cashew Butter Smoothie

  1. Cherry Williams says:

    Natalie, I am thrilled to be learning more about your precious Ethan and also Gabriel and Summer. They are all three so beautiful, just like their Mom. I havent tried a recipe yet, but I am looking forward to doing just that. Love you and yours. Cherry

    • Natalie says:

      Cherry, you are so sweet. The blog is still a work in progress, but it has definitely been a fun process so far. Thank you for checking it out! I am glad that you will be able to keep in touch with my family via this blog.

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