Looking for a healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipe to serve your kids on March 17th? Give this Leprechaun Juice recipe a try! It’s a fun accompaniment to breakfast, but it’s also a great alternative to green punch or Kool-aid for St. Patrick’s Day dinner. With just the right balance of sweet vs. tart, Leprechaun Juice was a hit with my kids.
Leprechaun Juice is really just a green smoothie in disguise. It’s amazing what you can get get your kids to eat when you give it a silly name! Most of my kids love green smoothies now, but when we started drinking them, I had to get a little creative. You may find that a fun name or presentation might be just the ticket to get your kids to try healthy foods.
Leprechaun Juice Recipe
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 2 1/2 oz raw baby spinach (half of the standard 5 oz plastic tub)
- 1 banana
- 1 cup green grapes
- 2 kiwi fruit, peeled
Put all ingredients in your blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately
Makes approx. 4 1/2 cups
Per 1 cup serving:
- 123 calories
- 0.3 grams fat
- 2.4 grams fiber
If you don’t have a Vitamix or Blendtec blender, you may want to blend the juice and spinach first before adding the other ingredients. This helps to ensure a smoother texture. Before I got my Vitamix, I made green smoothies for years with a cheap $30 blender using this technique.
Leprechaun Juice has a healthy dose of Vitamin A – important for healthy eyes, Vitamin K for healthy bones, Vitamin C – for a healthy immune system, and Potassium – which helps with fluid and electrolyte balance. It also has a good bit of fiber – which you won’t find in regular juice. I know a lot of parents give their kids vitamins as sort of an insurance policy, but a green smoothie each morning is a great alternative. Your body is able to more easily use vitamins and minerals from food in comparison to a synthetic form like a vitamin pill.
I hope you will give this fun green smoothie for kids a try this St. Patrick’s Day. Who knows – you may be the next green smoothie convert! If you and your kids try this Leprechaun Juice recipe, be sure to leave me a comment and let me know how you like it. So tell me… Are you serving anything special for your kids this St. Patrick’s Day?