This is a compensated post in partnership with DOLE and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions shared are my own.
Spring has finally sprung! After leaving town for a couple of days, I was amazed to come home and see flowers everywhere. The trees are pink and the tulips are all standing at attention. It’s days like this that I love being a stay at home mom and get to relax and watch the kids play in the backyard for hours.
My other favorite thing that happens in spring is snack time takes place outside. Two less rounds of crumbs to clean up in the house! It’s the little things that make me happy in the spring.
The kids were excited when we tested out a new smoothie recipe shared with us from DOLE Pineapple Juice. I usually don’t add juice to our smoothies, but I was happy to learn that Dole’s juice is 100% juice and GMO-free. Two great things in my nutrition playbook. Plus with the “pollen tsunami” taking place, increasing our Vitamin C intake can be a helpful remedy for allergy symptoms.
The Go Green smoothie won over our neighbor’s daughter who isn’t always a green smoothie fan. The silly green mustaches everyone was wearing at the end of snack time was a sign of success!
One note, since we try to avoid GMO’s I swapped out the soy milk for almond milk. It can be tricky to find organic GMO-free soy milk so almond or coconut milk are alternate suggestions.
- ½ cup DOLE pineapple juice, chilled
- ¾ cup vanilla soy milk (or almond milk)
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks partially thawed
- 1 banana peeled
- 1 tablespoon whole ground flaxseed meal
- If you have a high speed blender, add all ingredients to blender starting with the Pineapple Juice.
- If you have a traditional blender, add juice thru spinach and blend before adding the balance of ingredients.
- Blend and enjoy!
You can make your own Go Green smoothie and get coupon here for your next sunny day smoothie snack break!
- $1.00 off #coupon for any 46oz or 6oz 6-pack of DOLE Canned Pineapple Juice.
Learn more about what you can make with healthy pineapple juice on DOLE’s Pinterest boards, Twitter channel or facebook page. I’ll be checking out some fun summer cocktail recipes here so I can use up my leftover pineapple juice. You can also buy the small cans and have them in the pantry for when inspiration strikes.
What’s your favorite activity to do in the sunshine?
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About Emily Roach
Live your healthiest life, even when life gets busy. Discover how food can make you feel awesome. Boston ex-Pat in Toronto. Find free meal plan here every week.