Strawberry Beet Coolers

Are you ready to “Turnip the Beet (and Berries) on Juices & Smoothies”? Freelance Writer Shannon N. Goff is in her Food Focus article, featured in this December’s issue of School Nutrition! Within the article, Goff explores how fruit-and-veggie blends made their way onto the foodservice scene, how they register with students and what, exactly, the challenges are to this delicious scheme.

As this article contained exclusively content on the ins and out of the trend, SN did not provide any recipes in-magazine this month; however, we could not resist giving you a start to your juice blend menus online!

Besides the delicious recipe below, note these links for two other recipes to jazz up your juice blend repertoire (courtesy of General Mills Foodservice).

Servings:

16 - 9 oz coolers

Per Serving:

180 cal., 1 g. fat, 11 g pro., 32 g carb., 0 g fiber, 150 mg sod.

Meal Pattern:

1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Skim Milk
Beets, sliced, cooked and chilled 2 3/4 cups
Pineapple juice, unsweetened, chilled 8 cups
Low-fat strawberry yogurt* 1 pouch
  1. Add beets and 2 cups pineapple juice to a large capacity blender or food processor (prepare in batches as needed).
  2. Blend on high speed for 1 minute; stop blender and scrape sides.
  3. Continue blending until mixture is smooth; transfer to 2-gallon (or larger) container.
  4. Add yogurt and whisk until well-combined.
  5. Add remaining 6 cups pineapple juice and whisk until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour 9 oz into serving cups and cover; serve immediately or refrigerate/freeze** until serving.***

*Note: Yoplait® ParfaitPro® Lowfat Strawberry Yogurt (16631) can be used in this recipe. Yoplait ParfaitPro is a registered trademark of YOPLAIT MARQUES (France) used under license. 2018 © and ®/™ of General Mills

**Note: Freeze portions, then hold under refrigeration overnight for a slushy consistency at service, if desired.

***Note: Serve product within 72 hours of preparation.

Recipe and Meal Pattern and Nutritional Analysis: General Mills Convenience & Foodservice, www.generalmillscf.com.

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