Smoothie Mania!

Smoothies make a great snack or can be a great lunch addition. For lunch, freeze in an airtight container and place in the lunchbox in the morning. Be sure to shake the container well before eating!

Throw these yummy combinations in the blender and whirl at a high speed to desired smoothness.

Banana Split: 1 frozen banana, 2 cups frozen strawberries, 2 to 3 yogurt cubes,* ½ cup pineapple, 2 cups low-fat chocolate milk (more or less for desired consistency)

Sunshine:  1 banana, 1 cup apple juice (or 1 apple and water), 1 cup carrots, 2 yogurt cubes*

Pineapple Sunshine: 1 cup carrots, 2 small granny smith apples, 1 cup pineapple juice

Incredible Hulk: 1 banana, 2 to 3 yogurt cubes,* pineapple juice, 2 handfuls spinach

Captain America:  ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup strawberries or raspberries, ½ cup yogurt, ½ cup liquid

Pink Princess:  1 cup raspberries, ½ cup milk, ½ cup yogurt

White Unicorn:  1 frozen banana, ½ cup milk, ½ cup yogurt

Magic Fairy:  1 cup frozen pineapple, ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk, ½ cup any flavored yogurt

Ugly Duckling:  1 cup leftover fruit (variety), ½ cup liquid, ½ cup yogurt, handful of spinach for maximum ugliness!

PB Choco-Nana:  1 cup fat-free or low-fat chocolate milk, 1 ripe banana, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 4 to 6 ice cubes if desired

*Freeze yogurt in ice cube trays ahead of time. ½ cup yogurt = about 4 yogurt cubes

Tips for smoothie success

•    Add liquid to the blender first. You may substitute coconut water, almond milk, water, juice, coconut milk or skim/low-fat milk.

•    When using apples, wash, core and cut into small pieces before adding to blender. Do not discard the peel.

•    Use vanilla or other flavored yogurt for added sweetness, but choose yogurt low in sugar.

•    Bananas will mask any taste.

•    When using spinach, be sure to wash well and shake off excess water. Spinach may be frozen in a sealed bag a

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