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Feeding the kids: Green morning smoothies

The Green Morning Smoothies can be found in

The Green Morning Smoothies can be found in "Ten Dollar Dinners" by Melissa d'Arabian (Clarkson Potter, $24.99). Credit: Handout

In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose an easy, healthy breakfast smoothie. I found the recipe on, which was adapted from "Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week," by Melissa d'Arabian (Clarkson Potter, $24.99).

Green Morning Smoothies
(Makes 2 smoothies)

- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla soy milk (or almond, coconut, or rice milk)
- 1/4 cup whole oats
- 1 banana, peeled and halved
- 1 cup fresh or frozen chopped peaches (or any light-colored fruit)
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup ice cubes
- 1 cup fresh or frozen baby spinach (or 3/4 cup spinach plus 2 or 3 cabbage leaves or other leafy greens, chopped)

1. Pour the milk into a blender.

2. Add the oats and banana and blend on high for 15 seconds.

3. Add the peaches, honey and vanilla followed by the ice cubes and then the spinach.

4. Blend on high until smooth, about 45 seconds. Drink immediately.

Reprinted from the book "Ten Dollar Dinners." Copyright © 2012 by Melissa d’Arabian. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.

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