As this post goes live, families and foodies are indulging in food, entertainment and fun activities at free three-day event in Downtown Pasadena, Dec. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. To 8 p.m., and Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pasadena Conference Center Rose Parade with Dole Packaged Foods at the first “Live on Green” event in Pasadena, California. I’m participating in this “Live on Green” event, virtually, to bring you this green smoothie as one of Dole’s delicious recipes to celebrate a healthy start to the new year. Let’s kick off 2016 right!
At “Live on Green,” Angelenos and visitors from around the world will explore 100,000 square feet of free entertainment, unique and rare exhibitions, and fun activities, as well as indulge in healthy snacks and beverages at the Dole Bistro. Dole California Cook-Off Champion Ally Phillips of Ally’s Kitchen will be working her culinary magic in live cooking demonstrations and sharing quick and fun recipes featuring Dole Packaged Foods’ products.
On January 1, tune in to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade where Dole Packaged Food’s float, “Soaring Over Paradise,” explores the world’s rainforests. The float includes four waterfalls, a zip line that travels through the rainforest canopy and a flock of Macaws that appear to take flight over the floral gardens.
I adapted Dole’s Live on Green Smoothie recipe to include protein powder for an extra muscle-building boost. I also substituted the vanilla soy milk, in the original recipe, with unsweetened soy milk to cut the added sugar. This smoothie is perfectly sweetened with just the fruit and juice.
This drink doesn’t taste green at all, it’s absolutely delicious!
- 4 cups Dole baby spinach
- ¾ cup unsweetened organic soy milk
- ½ cup Dole pineapple juice
- 1 cup Dole mango chunks
- 1 Dole banana
- 1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I used EXOS Performance Nutrition vanilla whey protein)
- Blend spinach, soy milk and pineapple juice until smooth and blended
- Add mango, banana and protein powder and blend until desired consistency is achieved