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Blenders Breakfast Buzzing

Taylor Nonnenmacher,   Henry J Mclaughlin Middle Sch
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Access to Healthy Foods, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Blenders  Breakfast Buzzing
Here at Hillside Middle School, in the heart of Manchester, New Hampshire, the advisory classrooms of Ms. Karveles and Ms. Webb have teamed up for the past five weeks at 7:30 am. This new Fuel Up to Play 60 school is utilizing a breakfast innovation award from New England Dairy & Food Council to blast out smoothie recipes for their school to taste test. First, they researched five different smoothie recipes, and now they work in small groups to make them every morning. Each advisory in the school has a chance to filter in week by week to try them all and then take a survey. The hope from these taste tests is to add a popular smoothie recipe to the school breakfast menu. Simultaneously, students and teachers have been working hard to increase school breakfast participation, revving up excitement by hosting a school breakfast challenge Feb 11-22 directly preceding National School Breakfast Week March 4-9!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The adults provided each station with all the smoothie materials needed for success, but the students took leadership to create all the samples and problem-solve along the way, making adaptations as needed.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

While some smoothie recipes sounded wonderful on paper, upon testing, they were found to be too tart. Students and teachers found that adding a natural sweetener, honey, balanced out some of the recipes and was just what they needed to improve it.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

School breakfast participation and morning cafeteria liveliness appears to be on the rise, with more students talking about breakfast and it becoming more of a social scene. We hope to see this excitement grow as the emphasis on the importance of breakfast continues throughout the school.