Introducing kids to unfamiliar flavors doesn’t have to be a frightful experience. Getting creative and taking cues from some beloved characters may be all it takes for families to explore produce in a new way and discover how delicious, satisfying and enjoyable fresh fruits and vegetables can be.

Whether it’s their angry names and tough exteriors, or simply a fear of the unknown about taste and preparation, dozens more diverse and exotic fruits and vegetables like dragon fruit, horned melon and Brussels sprouts are often the sources of produce paranoia.

An initiative from Dole, in collaboration with Disney and Pixar’s Monsters Inc., is helping to take the scare out of specialty fruits and vegetables and widen America’s produce horizons. The campaign offers character-inspired recipes, serving suggestions, digital and social activations, family-friendly activities, fun trivia and influencer partnerships that celebrate the not-so-scary world of the planet’s more unusual fresh bounty.

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Slippery Slimy Smoothie

Prep time:10 minutes

Servings: 2 (8 ounces each)

1/2 cup DOLE® Spinach

1 Dole Banana, peeled and frozen

1/2 cup Dole Green Grapes, frozen

1/3 cup cucumber, diced

1/2 cup Dole Pineapple

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

5 ice cubes

In blender, blend spinach, banana, grapes, cucumber, pineapple, almond milk, Greek yogurt and ice cubes until smooth.

Pour smoothie into two glasses and serve.

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