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Using lettuce in your green smoothie gives it a milder taste than using kale or most other fall greens (making it great for kids), while still providing a good dose of fiber and vitamins A and K. The slices of Honeycrisp apple lend seasonal flavor to this green smoothie, plus a generous dollop of peanut butter provides protein in a very yummy way. Feel free to be adventurous, swapping, adding, or subtracting ingredients as desired.

Yield : 1-2 servings


  • 1 handful lettuce leaves (about 5 to 7 small)
  • 1 small to medium banana
  • ½ Honeycrisp apple
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • 1 heaping tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt


  • Puree all ingredients in blender. Add a splash more apple juice if consistency is too thick, or a few more spoonfuls of yogurt to thicken.

Featured Ingredient: Lettuce

Lettuce isn’t a vegetable most of us think about, as it usually plays a supporting role while letting other ingredients take the spotlight. However, there are many varieties of lettuce that vary in flavor, texture and color, and can add quite a bit of interest to even the simplest salad or sandwich. Lettuce contains valuable nutrients such as vitamin A, potassium, and dietary fiber. If you grow only one vegetable other than tomatoes, it should be lettuce. Growing lettuce is so easy, takes up little space, and you can even grow it among flowers. Lettuce teach you (see what we did there?) how to grow lettuce in your own garden!

Coastal Star Romaine Leaf Lettuce
Tall, dark green heads are easy to grow, and form crisp golden hearts.

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