WIC Healthy Families Cookbook

Beverage Recipes

MN WIC Program

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  • Kids can help!

All the beverage recipes in this section use one or more of the WIC foods. While milk and water should be a child's usual beverages, these recipe ideas are good for snack time or for special occasions.


Printable Version: Creamy Smoothies Recipe (PDF: 793KB/1 page)

  • 1 cup (8 oz.) yogurt OR milk OR soy beverage
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen fruit (any combination)
  • 1/2 - 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup your choice juice

For a variation, add:

  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • Place yogurt, fruit and ice cubes in a blender or food processor.

Blend until smooth. Eat smoothie thick with a spoon or add juice to make it thin enough to drink.

Servings: 2

Serving idea:

  • Strawberry-banana smoothies are a favorite, but many flavor combinations go well together.


  • Put slightly overripe fruit in the freezer to have on hand for smoothies.

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Fruit Slush Shake

Printable Version: Fruit Slush Shake Recipe (PDF: 478KB/1 page)

  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup frozen fruit
  • 1/2 cup milk OR yogurt OR soy beverage
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 - 2 tsp sugar OR honey
  • Place all ingredients in a blender pitcher.

Blend until smooth.

Servings: 1


  • Put bruised or slightly overripe fruit in the freezer so it will be ready for Fruit Slush Shake.

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Orange Julius

Printable Version: Orange Julius Recipe (PDF: 417KB/1 page)

  • 1 can (6 oz.) frozen orange juice concentrate OR other type of juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 ice cubes

For a variation, add:

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor.

Blend until frothy.

Servings: 4


  • Try different types of juice in this recipe - you can use strawberry, raspberry, lime and other flavors!

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Purple Cow

Printable Version: Purple Cow Recipe (PDF: 425KB/1 page)

  • 1/4 cup grape juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • Place all ingredients in a blender pitcher.

Blend until smooth.

Servings: 1-2


  • Purple Cow is a quick, nutritious morning choice for those "on-the-go".

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Fruit Juice Spritzer

Printable Version: Fruit Juice Spritzer Recipe (PDF: 607KB/1 page)

  • 2 cups fruit juice (look for 100% natural juice)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice OR 4 slices lemon
  • 2 cups sparkling water OR club soda
  • Combine fruit juice and lemon juice in a pitcher.
  • Slowly pour sparkling water or club soda down the inside of the pitcher.

Stir gently. Serve over ice.

Servings: 4


  • Try this fizzy drink instead of soda pop for a healthier choice.

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Cranberry Punch

Printable Version: Cranberry Punch Recipe (PDF: 546KB/1 page)

  • 2 cans (12 oz. each) frozen cranberry apple juice (prepared according to package directions) OR 2 bottles (48 fluid oz. each) cranberry apple juice
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 6 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced and seeds removed

Place all ingredients in a large pan.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes.

Remove and discard spices and lemon. Serve warm.

Servings: 12


  • Save money on spices by shopping for them in the bulk foods section or at a natural foods store.

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Hot Chocolate Mix

Printable Version: Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe (PDF: 428KB/1 page)

  • 5 1/3 cups nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 ounces (3/4 cup) powdered coffee creamer (choose your favorite flavor)
  • 1 pound (4 cups) powdered chocolate milk flavoring
  • Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl, mixing well.

Store in an airtight container.

Prepare hot chocolate by placing 1/3 cup mix in a mug or cup. Add 1 cup boiling water and stir. Let cool to drinking temperature.

Servings: 20


  • Put 1/3 cup mix, a plastic spoon and small marshmallows into plastic baggies for gifts.

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