Go for the Greens 2017, March 13 - 229th Annual Celebration of Green Food and Good Fun!
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.)All schools feature spinach on the menu each day the week of March 13-17All elementary students taste spinach smoothies!Thank you, Chartwells, for your partnership in this program. Special thanks to Heather Bonner and all school nurses for being dedicated wellness council members. In addition, we appreciate all the volunteers who helped on smoothie day. Gratitude as well goes out to the LaSalle graduate students who assessed our programming and helped with smoothie tastings.