Strawberry Shake aka Pinkie Pie

Strawberry Shake aka Pinkie Pie

Even though our nutrition writer Kathy Magilton tried to ruin Christmas  tell us that not all smoothies are the healthy snack we think they are, we’re still obsessed. Okay, if we promise not to make them into calorie bombs, can we keep pounding these, Kathy? I hope so because we’ve got more coming your way.

This one is named for my kids’ latest obsession, My Little Pony (God help me). I’m trying to remember when I hear them singing along to the tooth-aching theme song that there are now-forgotten obsessions that I kind of miss. Like the silly “Where did it go?” game Esme used to play before she could even talk. She’d whip her little fork behind her back in her high chair and then hold her hands up, like, “What?” About a dozen times per meal for six months. I was ready to take that fork and jam it in my own eye. Now it’s all ponies, all the time. Much of the conversation seems focused on who is who. As in arguing over, “I’m Fluttershy” “No, I’m Fluttershy! Actually, I’m Rainbow Dash.” And don’t bother suggesting that maybe the game is still fun if both are Rarity or Apple Jack (that I know all the names is a kind of torture to me) because you will get the scornful look of pity that I do. As if. I felt slightly better to hear that my friend Elana’s kids are so into My Little Pony that they sing along to Alicia Key’s big hit with a little tweak to the lyrics. “This pony’s on fire!” I will never stop laughing about that. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. And so, meet Pinkie Pie, a calcium-rich smoothie with a little shot of flax. Alright, Kathy?





photo by Maya Visnyei

Strawberry Shake aka Pinkie Pie


  • (2 servings)
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana, peeled, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup strawberries, stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon flax oil
  • 4 or 5 ice cubes


Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.


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  1. Kathy
    April 26, 00:06 Reply

    oh no, you obviously didn’t hear the Surgeon General’s latest report on greek yogurt! And honey?? Are you kidding me?…..just joking, this looks delicious and nutritious…carry on

  2. hilary walle-jensen
    August 29, 13:41 Reply

    I will NEVER give up the smoothie routine with my kids. It’s a staple for playdates with the boys and one of the only afternoon snacks my 4 year old will touch. Anyway, I like to get as many good calories into my scrawny, healthy kids as possible. Thanks for the recipe!

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