Sneaky smoothies

Looking for ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your kids’ diets? 

These smoothies are delicious with or without the greens. (But be sure to give the greens a try. You’ll be surprised how mild they are: You may even want to add more!)

Each recipe yields approximately 32 ounces. Blend the ingredients thoroughly and serve immediately. 


Oatmeal-breakfast smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 banana 
  • 1 20-ounce can of pineapple (including juice)
  • ¼ cup fresh baby spinach or kale
  • ¼ cup dry, quick-cooking oatmeal


Mango-orange-raspberry smoothie

  • 10 pieces of frozen mango (or 1 fresh mango peeled and cut into chunks)
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup fresh baby spinach or kale


Purple cow

  • 1 cup grape juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 bananas
  • ¼ cup fresh baby spinach or kale


New book! 

Though Deborah Harroun’s latest book — Best 100 Smoothies for Kids — doesn’t come out until May, we snagged a sneak-preview of one of the recipes. It’s full of peach flavor and offers a hint of spiciness from fresh ginger. Blend and serve immediately (makes four 9-ounce servings). Harroun blogs at


Peachy green

  • 2 cups coconut milk beverage*
  • 2 cups frozen sliced peaches
  • 2 frozen under-ripe bananas
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger


*Don’t use full-fat coconut milk or coconut water. Read the label to make sure the product contains only coconut milk and filtered water.