How To Make Healthy Rainbow-colored Smoothies
St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, and we’re celebrating with a delicious recipe that’s sure to make you feel like that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Packed with fresh fruit, these rainbow smoothies are not only beautiful, but also healthy and delicious.
What you need
- Fruit assortment to represent the colors of the rainbow:
- Red: 1 c. strawberries or raspberries
- Orange: 1 c. oranges or cantaloupe
- Yellow: 1 c. mango or pineapple
- Green: 1 c. honeydew melon or kiwi
- Purple: 1 c. blueberries or blackberries
- Green juice of your choice
- 1 c. ice cubes
- 3 drinking glasses for the smoothies
Color coordinate your fruit selection and prepare it for the blender by cutting off any skin, removing seeds, and slicing the larger fruit into small- to medium-sized chunks.
Working with one color of fruit at a time, blend on medium speed (or use the “smoothie mode”) until fruit is completely blended. For fruits high in pulp, add a few ice cubes before blending.
For the green fruit, add a cup of green juice before blending for added color. Pour the colored fruit juice and pulp into a glass or container, using one per color. Rinse out blender between fruit blends.
Add your purple colored fruit into a new drinking glass, pouring approximately one-fifth of the way up. Once the first layer has been added, continue with each additional color, working in a reverse rainbow fashion (purple, green, yellow, orange, red).
The colors will do a bit of blending. If you want to achieve the look of clean, layered colors like ours, you’ll need to freeze your glass for approximately 30 minutes before adding each additional layer.
Once your top (red) layer has been added, insert a straw and serve. If you’re pressed for time on St. Patty’s Day, you can make these smoothies ahead of time — just cover with plastic wrap and store in the freezer for up to one week.