What the…? Beans in Smoothies?

What the…?  Beans in Smoothies?

The vast majority of the mail I receive from my mail carrier ends up in my recycle bin.  But the other day Dry Bean Quarterly showed up and it put me in the best mood.  Apparently there is a Bean Institute!  Look here  I knew there was an Almond Board, but did not know about the bean people.  Good thing they exist.  Beans are good for you and I highly recommend you feed them to your family.  Inside the newsletter there was a smoothie recipe that caught my eye and I plan to make it.  You should too.  Try it and let me know your thoughts.  Here you go…


15 ounces cooked and cooled Great Northern beans (substitute one can of beans, drained and rinsed, if desired)
1 cup  orange juice (You know I am NOT a fan of juice, but this is for 8 servings so it’s minimal) 2 cups quartered strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 – 8 ounce can crushed pineapple
3 Tbsp honey
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp.  vanilla extract 6-8 ice cubes.
1.)  Whirl it all together EXCEPT the ice cubes.
2.)  Once whirled together, add the ice cubes and blend until smooth
3.)  Serve in a glass to your kids.
YIELDS:  8 glassesBRAVO Bean Board.
Thank you for my newsletter. I look forward to the next one.

About Melanie Silverman

Melanie is a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist (RD) and a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) working primarily in pediatric nutrition for well over 15 years. She spent seven years as a clinical dietitian at The University of Chicago Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, adult and pediatric burn units, and high risk pediatric follow-up clinic. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago. Melanie has presented at state and national meetings for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), March of Dimes, Prader-Willi California Foundation, Texas Prader-Willi Association, Oklahoma Prader Willi Syndrome Association, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) in the United States and Canada and the Prader-Willi Syndrome USA (PWSA). She worked hard for her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Dietetic Association, Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, Women’s Health Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs and an active member of the International Lactation Consultant Association.