Build Your Own Shake-Up
Add a “Build Your Own Shake-Up Bar” in your school cafeteria, encouraging students at your school to try new smoothie combinations. Encourage students to drink nutrient-rich low-fat or fat-free dairy and fruit smoothies — and to improve their healthy eating habits every day.
How Does It Work?
This strategy is a simple way to help kids choose more low-fat or fat-free dairy in their diets.
The following steps are suggestions for how to complete the Play — but they can be done in any order or combination and can be altered to fit your needs. If you find ways to adapt this Play to fit your school, share it with us through the Tips section!
Huddle up with your school nutrition professionals to help come up with a plan, location and organization system for adding a smoothie bar in the cafeteria. Get your principal to give your plans a thumbs up.
Contact local stores that might be willing to donate ingredients, cups or even blenders for your smoothies. Use the Tools and Resources below to help you plan.
Work with a team of school nutrition professionals to determine what equipment you’ll need for the smoothie bar, as well as the best choices to offer. Ingredients might include low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt, fresh or frozen fruits, 100 percent fruit juices and ice cubes.
Consider getting the community involved by requesting donations of food samples or smoothie-making equipment from local businesses.
Ask students to help suggest — and name — different smoothie recipes. Encourage students and friends to choose the smoothies as a delicious and nutritious dessert alternative.
Keep It Going
Work with foodservice and school nutrition professionals to increase smoothie offerings. Try different varieties each week or month and keep track of which ones students like best so they can become permanent on the menu.
Spread the Word
Advertise the new smoothie bar by making morning announcements, putting up posters in the cafeteria, distributing flyers, placing an article in the school newsletter and using the school website. Provide students with information about how nutritious smoothies are.
Get Others Involved
Everyone can help:
- Work with school nutrition professionals to identify needed supplies and ingredients
- Solicit community donations
- Advertise the smoothie bar
- Run the smoothie bar and clean-up