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Sunburst Energy Smoothie Recipe


As parents, a common concern is if our kids are getting enough of the right nutrients.  When our kids say they are done eating after just a few bites it can be stressful!  There are a lot of reasons kids don’t eat what we want them to from texture issues, to varied taste preferences, and just plain old not being hungry at that particular meal.  Whatever the reason, we still worry about what our kids are eating, or not eating!  Smoothies are a great way to make up the difference of those time when they just won’t eat what is on their plate.  Smoothies are packed with nutrients, and for some kids it is easier to drink a smoothie packed with spinach than eat a bowl full!

This smoothie can be made with just the fruits, or for more nutrition, we added a big handful of spinach to half of it.  You literally can’t taste the spinach, but combining the green with the orange makes it a fun ‘twisted’ smoothie!

Sunburst Energy Smoothie Recipe. BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE! Such a healthy way to start the day.

This Sunburst Energy Smoothie Recipe is not only totally tropical and delicious, but the ingredients are specifically chosen for both flavor and a boost of energy.

Sunburst Energy Smoothie Recipe. BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE! Such a healthy way to start the day.
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Chia Seeds
  • Banana

If your kids are newer to smoothies and you think the green will freak them out, then just do the orange!

Sunburst Energy Smoothie Recipe. BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE! Such a healthy way to start the day.
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Sunburst Energy Smoothie Recipe

This Sunburst Energy Smoothie Recipe is not only totally tropical and delicious, but the ingredients are specifically chosen for both flavor and a boost of energy.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 111kcal


  • 3/4 cup frozen pineapple cubes
  • 3/4 cup frozen mango cubes
  • 3/4 cup 100% orange juice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • big handful of spinach optional – only add if you want to make it green


  • Blend together until smooth and creamy.
  • To make half of it green: Pour half of the orange mixture into several glasses.
  • Mix the remainder with a big handful of spinach.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour over the orange mixture and serve!


Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g
Keyword : chia seeds, dairy free, gluten-free, mango, pineapple, smoothies, spinach


Natalie Monson

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My daughter and I had is similar smoothie this morningare ingredients were pineapple stead of mango we used cantaloupe, handful of spinach, 1 teaspoon of honey and instead of orange juice we use coconut water. Nutritious and it was delicious my daughter loved it so much he took it to go to school.

Is the pineapple fresh or from a can? And you didn’t mention anything about the spinach. Do you divide the already made mixture in half then add spinach? How much spinach? Please be specific.

We used frozen pineapple, but you can use fresh. If you end up using fresh, you may want to add some ice. I wouldn’t recommend pineapple from the can for this recipe, because I feel like the flavor is different. Please see the updated recipe 🙂

Yes! I actually added an entire orange to one of the test recipes when I was making this – including the peel. It tasted so fresh – but definitely a hint of the bitter peel, so not for the faint-hearted 🙂

My children love smoothies and I’m slowly trying to introduce more green ones. When you say spinach, Do you just use baby spinach leaves?
This recipe looks great, thanks 🙂

Hi I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions to what type and brand of blender is best used for these kinds of smoothies?? Or is it better to buy one of those juicers? I need to get one and not sure what to buy. Thanks

I have found them at pretty much any grocery or health food store. They are becoming a lot more common now and I think a lot of stores stock them.

We think a high powered blender is a worthwhile investment and Amy and I both use ours everyday. I have a Blendtec and Amy has a Vitamix. They are both excellent blenders and you won’t go wrong with either!

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This smoothie looks great I cannot wait for my kids and I to try it very soon! Do you need to add a lot of ice as well to make it thick?

My 4 yo and I just made this…it’s soo good! I used a little bit of coconut water as well as the oj. It didn’t even need sweetener. I told him the spinach was green “sprinkles”. We’ll see how long he buys that. 😉