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Sometimes getting the proper daily servings of your food groups can be challenging, especially for kids. Personally, I am obsessed with fruits and vegetables and eat a ton, but sometimes I still cannot get enough. Sometimes you just need to blend a bunch together and make a fruit smoothie, so I’ve partnered with Jif™ and Dannon to bring you this nutritious snack–the Breezy Blossom Smoothie.
This easy smoothie with peanut butter was inspired by some snacks that I love to eat with peanut butter:
Apples/pears and peanut butter
Peanut butter and strawberry jelly tortilla roll-ups
Bananas and peanut butter
Celery sticks with peanut butter
Let me tell you quickly why I name this smoothie the Breezy Blossom Smoothie.
I decided to crowdsource with a few friends trying to come up with a fitting name, because I needed it to be just right. I briefly described the ingredients and showed them a picture of what I’d created. We threw around some ideas based off of the ingredients, but then I was challenged to try a name based off of the appearance, like Apple Blossom Smoothie. I loved this, but it still didn’t feel like it completely encompassed what this was all about. Another friend let me bounce some other ideas back and forth until we finally agreed that Breezy Blossom fit it perfectly. It describes its delightful appearance, delicate and refreshing flavor, and its chilly temperature. As you drink it, close your eyes and imagine the sweet floral aroma wafting through the air on a breezy spring or summer day.
Smoothies are such a great way to not only get more servings of your food groups, but also to get the kids eating their servings. My oldest, E, absolutely loved this smoothie with celery, fruit, dairy, and protein. He tried to drink all of mine.
This recipe all started with a trip. A trip to Walmart, to be more specific. I needed to gather my ingredients. I picked up some Jif™ Creamy Peanut Butter in the aisle with the peanut butter and spreads, then some Dannon Vanilla All Natural Lowfat Yogurt in the refrigerated aisle. My final stop was to pick up some fresh produce to blend up. I love that Jif is loaded with 7g of protein, and did you know that Dannon plain yogurt is made with only natural ingredients?
I love when I can help you save money, so be sure to download the free Ibotta cashback app and get $1.50 back for a limited time when you purchase a combination of Jif™ Creamy Peanut Butter and Oikos (Vanilla) Triple Zero Greek Yogurt OR Jif™ Creamy Peanut Butter and Dannon Vanilla Yogurt.
To prepare this recipe, you will want to peel, clean, and cut up your fruits and vegetables ahead of time then freeze them in baggies.
Grab out your blender. If you don’t own one or are in need of a replacement, the Oster® Blend-N-Go® MyBlend® is a great choice. You can just fill, blend, & go! I love the simplicity and convenience of single-serving blenders.
As you can see in my pictures, I blended two groups of ingredients separately to give the smoothie a beautiful look. You can do this as well (then drink them separately or mix them up) or blend it all together in the first place. I had fun trying both groups separately then mixed together, because it felt like I was getting more than one smoothie in the same glass.
Since I froze the fruits and vegetables, I did not have to use ice for my smoothie. If you choose not to freeze them, you will need to use ice; make sure you put the ice in first so the fruits are on the bottom to blend up before the ice, or it will get watered down. The order I added everything was fruits, yogurt and peanut butter, then juice.
Let the fruit thaw for a few minutes before you start blending. It will give you a nice, smooth smoothie texture.
I started with the berry smoothie. In your blender cup, add banana slices, strawberry slices, yogurt, and some apple juice. Blend it up until it is smooth then pour it into your glass.
You can rinse out the blender cup in between if you wish (I did) or just leave it since all the flavors will mix anyway.
For the next layer, add apple, pear, celery, peanut butter, yogurt, and some apple juice in your blender and blend it up until it is smooth. Pour it into your glass. You can swirl these together if you wish or have a fun flavor twist in the middle.
Give this recipe a try and print it out or bookmark it for later!
- ½ ripe banana, sliced
- ½ cup strawberries, sliced
- ½ cup green apples, peeled, cored, and cubed
- ½ cup pear, peeled, seeds removed, and cubed
- ¼ cup celery, sliced
- ¾ cup vanilla lowfat yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- ¾ cup apple juice
- The night before, clean, peel, and cut up your fruits and vegetables then freeze them in baggies.
- The day of, slightly thaw your fruits and vegetables before blending. You can blend all ingredients together, or you can layer them with one variety on top and one on bottom in your glass. I will share the two steps to make layers.
- For the first layer, blend the banana, strawberry, ¼ cup of yogurt, and ¼ cup of apple juice in your bender until smooth. Pour into your glass.
- For the second layer, blend the apple, pear, celery, peanut butter, ½ cup of yogurt, and ½ cup of apple juice until smooth. Pour this into the glass as well.
- Swirl around if you wish, or enjoy the layers separately.
Next time you are in need of a quick and delicious treat or a great way to get the kids to eat their fruits and vegetables, try out this tasty Breezy Blossom Smoothie recipe.
I would love to hear from you in the comments below–-What are your favorite smoothie mix-ins?
Be sure to try Jif and Dannon in your next smoothie and check out their websites for more inspiration.