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The Hulk Smash Smoothie

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    Makes 2 smoothies

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    Break out the blender! Kids are always in a hurry, so a smoothie is a great way for them to get a quick nutritional punch.

    1 cup (250 ml) fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
    1 1/2 cups (350 ml) fresh or frozen spinach
    2 cups (500 ml) unsweetened rice milk
    1 tsp (5 ml) coconut oil

    Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. Pack this in a Thermos for your superhero to enjoy after PE or at recess.

    Each serving contains: 732 kilojoules; 4 g protein; 5 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 33 g total carbohydrates (20 g sugars, 1 g fibre); 113 mg sodium

    source: "Lunch Treats Kids Will Love", alive Australia #18, Summer 2013

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