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Gluten-Free Family Favorites: Rainbow of Smoothies

Smoothies are a wonderful way to pack tons of nutrition — including fresh fruits and vegetables, and the fiber that comes with them — into a delicious beverage kids love. Plus, their bright crayon-like colors make them even more fun. We buy fruits and vegetables when they’re fresh and in season (and on sale)— bananas, berries, spinach, peaches, melons — then cut them up and freeze for use throughout the year.*

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Each smoothie recipe makes 2½ to 3 cups


RECIPE: Pink Smoothie

  • 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 small beet, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 10 strawberries, hulled
  • ½ cup (120 milliliters) cashew or almond milk
  • ½ cup (65 grams) crushed ice

RECIPE: Orange Smoothie

  • 10 baby carrots
  • 1 cup (160 grams) chopped cantaloupe
  • 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup (120 milliliters) orange juice
  • ½ cup (65 grams) crushed ice

RECIPE: Yellow Smoothie

  • 1 cup (178 grams) chopped pineapple
  • 1 golden apple or peach, cored or pitted and cut into pieces
  • 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup (120 milliliters) milk
  • ½ cup (65 grams) crushed ice

RECIPE: Green Smoothie

  • 2 cups (90 g) packed baby spinach
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup (180 g) chopped honeydew
  • ½ cup (120 ml) orange juice
  • ½ cup (65 g) crushed ice

RECIPE: Purple Smoothie

  • 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup (125 g) frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup (45 g) packed baby spinach
  • ½ cup (120 ml) almond milk
  • ½ cup (65 g) ice


1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

*Whether we’re talking strawberries, cantaloupe, or another fruit, to freeze, remove the leaves, stems, seeds, rind, etc. Cut into pieces, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet, and pop in the freezer until completely frozen. Then transfer to another container for more compact, longer-term storage in the freezer.

Kids can ...

  • Collect ingredients from refrigerator
  • Place ingredients in the measuring cup
  • Peel and slice fruit (such as banana)
  • Count items (such as strawberries or baby carrots)
  • Place ingredients in blender
  • Press buttons on blender

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· If the smoothie calls for cashew or almond milk, substitute soy or cow’s milk (which introduces dairy).

Recipe from "Gluten-Free Family Favorites: The 75 Go-To Recipes You Need to Feed Kids and Adults All Day Every Day," copyright © Kelli and Peter Bronski, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.

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