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Recipe: Tropical Smoothie

​​​​​​Serves 2

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares directions on how to make a tropical smoothie with your children in 10 minutes. Enjoy this delicious Summer beverage!

A whole orange goes into this refreshing drink, making it nice and thick.

Adult: Yes (Adult needed only for kids too young to use a blender by themselves.)
Active time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes 

Kitchen Gear

  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Table knife
  • Blender


  • ½ cup overripe banana slices–frozen preferred
  • 1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter (if you’re allergic to nuts, leave this out)
  • ½ cup fresh, frozen or canned pineapple chunks (not in syrup)
  • 1 seedless orange, peeled and sectioned (Sectioned means pulled apart after you peel it.)
  • 2 ice cubes
  • ¾ cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  1. Put the banana, almond butter (if no one is allergic to nuts), pineapple and orange in the blender. Put the top on tightly.
  2. Turn the blender to medium and blend until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Turn the machine off, and add the ice cubes, yogurt and coconut.
  4. Put the top on tightly, turn the blender to medium and blend until the ice is chopped and the mixture is smooth.
  5. Serve right away, or keep covered and refrigerate up to 4 hours.

Did You Know?
The word ascorbic, as in ascorbic acid (another name for vitamin C), means “no scurvy”? Scurvy is a disease that comes from not getting enough vitamin C.

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ChopChop Magazine - Spring Issue (Copyright © 2011)
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