Smoothie Smackdown Challenge

Ann Dunaway Teh & Lesley Baradel

Smoothie Challenge

We were compensated by General Mills to create our smoothie recipes, but not for this blog post. General Mills is providing the smoothie giveaway boxes.  All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Don’t you just love a refreshing cold smoothie on a warm sunny day?  

Or, how about a yummy bowl of cereal with really cold milk to start your day?

Well, did you ever think of putting the two together to make the perfect breakfast or snack? We never had until the invitation from General Mills to make a milk and cereal smoothie, which sounded like a great idea for three reasons. First, General Mills has plenty of fun kid-friendly cereals to jazz up my normal smoothie routine. Second, milk is packed with wonderful nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, which are good for us. Also, cereal contains so many wonderful nutrients that I could not go wrong.

So we each created our own smoothie. Of course, each of us thinks that the one we created is better than the other. So we decided to have a Smoothie Smackdown Challenge and Giveaway, and let you, our readers, vote for your favorite smoothie of the two, which are described below. We’ll also give away 2 smoothie boxes from General Mills that contain a variety of cereals, some cute mason jar mugs and paper straws, like in the picture below. Make sure you read to the end to see the details on how to vote!

Smoothie Cereal Giveaway Box


Created by Ann

My children love cereal. They also love smoothies. And I love when I can sneak in some extra vegetable servings in their smoothie. Avocado and spinach are two of my favorite add-ins, which I used in this recipe.

I chose Lucky Charms because it is a fun cereal my children love and is a natural complement to the green hue of the cereal from the avocado and spinach. And while I consider Lucky Charms more of a treat cereal because of the marshmallows, the actual cereal part really doesn’t have that much added sugar per serving. (By the way, I’m totally thrilled with the news that General Mills will be removing all artificial colors and flavors from their cereals, including Lucky Charms!)

Of course my children have a tendency, as most probably do, to pick out the marshmallows and eat those first. So I decided to create a smoothie that lets them do that while still getting the whole grain goodness from the cereal. And paired with milk, a great source of calcium and vitamin D for strong bones, it is a healthy meal or snack on the go.

Watch Ann make the smoothie with her children. 

Lucky Charms Cooler

Lucky Charms Cooler

This smoothie gets its green color from spinach and avocado while pineapple and banana give it a sweeter flavor naturally. Lucky Charms marshmallows add a festive finishing touch.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Beverages, Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 179 kcal


  • 1/2 avocado flesh only
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup Lucky Charms cereal marshmallows removed and reserved
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup pineapple cut into chunks


  • Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  • Top cooler with reserved marshmallows.


Calories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 87mgFiber: 3gSugar: 25g
Keyword avocado, lucky charms, smoothie
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Our Lucky Charms Cooler is magically nutritious with the help of a few nutrient-boosting ingredients that will make everyone happy!


Created by Lesley

I created this smoothie because I love love love to put peanut butter on my small Cinnamon Toast Crunch squares and eat them as a mini-dessert. It is my sweet treat after the kids go to bed and I can just sit for a few minutes and “indulge”. But, it’s really the perfect combination without much guilt because I’m getting lots of vitamins and minerals from both the cereal and the peanut butter, right? I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Cinna-Crunch Power Smoothie

Cinna-Crunch Power Smoothie

This smoothie packs a protein punch naturally with Greek yogurt, peanut butter and milk as great sources in this easy recipe also featuring Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Beverages, Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 377 kcal


  • Blender


  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter or nut butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
  • 1 cup milk


  • Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Top with some extra cereal squares and serve.


Calories: 377kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 21gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 143mgFiber: 5gSugar: 21g
Keyword cinnamon toast crunch, peanut butter, smoothie
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 This Cinna-Crunch Power Smoothie uses everyone's favorite Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal to make a protein-packed smoothie taste even better.




As mentioned above, we are giving away 2 boxes of smoothie ingredients from General Mills to 2 different people. You have several ways to enter to win:

  • Comment below with your vote for best smoothie – either Lesley’s Cinna-Crunch Power Smoothie or Ann’s Lucky Charms Cooler.
  • Get additional entries by going onto our social media channels (facebook, twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest) and following/liking us.

***Be sure to comment back here what you did so we’ll know.***

***You have until Wednesday July 1 at 12 pm to enter. Two winners will be selected at random and we’ll announce who they are that afternoon.***

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Ann Dunaway Teh & Lesley Baradel

We (Lesley and Ann) first met years ago while training for Ironman Wisconsin. Our paths crossed again at Georgia State University while studying to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Over the years, our paths kept crossing and we soon discovered that we shared a love for menu planning. This blossomed into My Menu Pal where we help the food industry up their nutrition game to become their customer's nutrition hero.
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