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According to Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, health expert for NBC’s TODAY show, “Spinach offers a trifecta of ingredients for enhancing eye health: beta-carotene, lutein, and vitamin E. Loading your kids with these nutrients while they’re young can help keep their vision clear and bright as they grow older.” The phyto chemicals in spinach also have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties. One way to power up with spinach is to add this neutral-flavored plant food to a smoothie.
Power Up Smoothie
1 medium ripe banana.
1 cup of fresh, canned, or frozen pineapple
2 large handfuls of fresh spinach (washed)
4-6 ice cubes, use less if frozen fruit is used
1 cup 100% orange juice
In a blender, combine banana, pineapple, spinach and ice cubes. Puree until smooth. (We made this smoothie sweeter by using orange juice, but to cut the sweetness you can use water.)