Tropical Green Slushie

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Whether you’re a meat-eater, vegan or vegetarian, a Tropical Green Slushie like this one will taste positively splendid on a hot summer’s day - especially if you’re thirsty, but even if you’re not. This healthy green smoothie recipe is beautiful to behold and bound to tempt even the pickiest eaters, even your children. With fresh, nutritious ingredients like organic baby spinach and pineapple, just to name just a few, you really can’t go astray with a healthy cold drink recipe like this. It only takes five minutes to prepare and make, and two seconds to pour it out. This green drink yields one large green smoothie or two small ones, depending on if you want to share it – or keep it for yourself. If you’re looking for new ways to sneak fruits and veggies into your diet to meet your daily quota, this one’s a keeper. If you’re constantly on the hunt for fun recipes for kids to make with you in the kitchen, this one’s ideal. Kids just love mixing up concoctions like this and watching the ingredients blend together; it’s even more exciting if the mixture involves ice.

When considering the nutritional value of a green drink like this, you must first take into account the individual ingredients. Starting with the spinach, for example – two ounces of organic baby spinach, as this recipe calls for, is very high in vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and dietary fiber. It’s also high in calcium. When it comes to pineapple, one cup of frozen pineapple is very high in vitamin C, and high in dietary fiber and iron as well. So already, with just the first two ingredients, we have an extremely potent nutritional drink recipe on our hands.

Nutrition Facts for: Tropical Green Slushie from Spoonful of Flavor

Ingredients: Pineapple, mango, coconut water, organic baby spinach, ice.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 2 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving: Calories 144, Calories from Fat 6, Total Fat 0.7g 1%, Saturated Fat 0.3g 2%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 124mg 5%, Potassium 651mg 19%, Carbohydrates 34.5g 12%, Dietary Fiber 4.8g 19%, Sugars 27.6g, Protein 2.5g, Vitamin A 71%, Vitamin C 135%, Calcium 8%, Iron 8%

Even though this green drink smoothie is very easy to make and involves simple ingredients, it’s always important to follow food safety protocol when you’re making anything in the kitchen, even if it only involves fruits and veggies. When you’re cooking with your kids, it’s a wonderful idea to share food safety guidelines with them – like washing your hands before and after handling the ingredients, cleaning up the workspace, utensils, and appliances afterward, and so on. Remind your kids to always wash the produce, making sure you rinse off residues and dirt, even if the box says that it’s already been prewashed. When it comes to bacteria, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. When working with fruits and vegetables, as you are in this healthy slushie recipe, it’s always a great idea to remove any bruised areas and rinse off grit before adding them to the blender.

This superb green drink recipe comes from the “Spoonful of Flavor” website, where you’ll find author Ashley and her “dash of life” recipes, all posted with the greatest potential for nourishment in mind. Ashley’s two biggest joys in life are food and travel and she shares her adventures in both in her lifestyle blog. If you happen to be looking for more healthy recipes, then you’ll want to pay Ashley a visit because there’s a whole section devoted to them here.*

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