Here’s a great way to get your busy on-the-go kids to eat their fruits and vegetables – fruit skewer kabobs and a “Mean Green Machine” pineapple smoothie recipe!
It’s mid-springtime here in Northern California, and that means that the weather is already H-O-T! My boys have been spending nearly every waking moment in the pool, and though I love that they’re keeping cool and getting a good amount of outdoor physical activity, it can be SO hard to get them to come indoors for meals or snacktime! They’ve also been having a blast taking pictures and videos with their new underwater camera (we’ll be posting a review later this week!), so that makes it even harder to drag them away from their fun in order to eat. These guys are like fish in the water!
My solution for getting them to take a healthy snack break is to make it quick, easy and portable! These fruit skewer kabobs are perfect because I can serve the boys poolside without slowing them down with any plates or extra utensils.
Since those veggies can be a bit harder to convince my kids to eat while we’re on the go (carrots are usually the only raw veggies that they’re willing to snack on), I found a fantastic way to pack some power greens into their favorite smoothie. This “Mean Green Machine” smoothie includes 4 cups of spinach, and my boys love it!
- 2 6-oz. cans Pineapple Juice
- 4 cups Baby Spinach
- 2 cups Frozen Pineapple Chunks
- 1 Granny Smith Apple, cored and quartered
- Handful of Ice
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
This smoothie is packed full of good-for-you ingredients like 100% not-from-concentrate pineapple juice, and it’s also a great source of Vitamins C, A & E! DOLE Pineapple Juice is available in a 46 oz can or 6 oz 6-pack of cans, and right now you can save with this $1.00 off #coupon for any 46 oz or 6-pack of DOLE Canned Pineapple Juice (for a limited time only.) It’s a great pantry staple to keep on-hand so that you’re ready to whip up a Mean Green Machine smoothie anytime!
These smoothies are definitely get-out-of-the-pool-worthy! I love knowing that I’m giving my kids a healthy dose of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, and they love that they’re getting served a cool frozen drink poolside! My oldest son said that the combination of Mean Green Machine smoothies and the pool makes him feel like he’s on vacation!
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