Festive, tasty and kid-friendly green smoothie – Recipe of the Month

This recipe accompanied an article by Kayla Colgrove, MS, RDN, ACSM-CPT, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County. It appears in the March 2019 issue of the NEBLINE Newsletter

Clover Power Smoothie

(Photo by Kayla Colgrove, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)

For St. Patrick’s Day, I rename this recipe “Shamrocks & Gold Smoothie” to celebrate with a festive, tasty and kid-friendly green smoothie.

(Makes 4 Cups)

2/3 cup 100% apple juice*
1/2 cup fresh baby spinach**
2 cups frozen pineapple chunks, no sugar added
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt***
1 banana

1. Add apple juice and spinach leaves to blender. Blend first to help make it smooth and avoid leafy chunks.
2. Place the remaining ingredients in the blender.
3. Blend until smooth and serve.

Kayla’s notes:
*You can substitute low-fat or nonfat milk or 100% white grape juice for 100% apple juice. Adding milk instead of 100% fruit juice will lower the calories and sugar while adding extra calcium to help strengthen bones.

**You can use kale instead of spinach. Kale does have a stronger flavor than spinach. I really like using spinach since it has little to no flavor.

***To make the smoothie even healthier, use nonfat vanilla yogurt or nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt instead of low-fat vanilla yogurt.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 cup): 135 Calories, 1g Total Fat, 0g Saturated Fat, 35mg Sodium, 31g Total Carbs, 24g Sugars, 2g Dietary Fiber, 2g Protein

Read “Eat more dark-green veggies for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond” in the March 2019 Nebline Newsletter. Available free on-line!

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!


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