On January 26, 2018, the Food Service Director, Dennis Mueller and I held a Smoothie Kickoff event at John Briggs Elementary School. In addition, we coupled the smoothie tastings with the Chartwells’ “Simply Good” food focus of the month: dark, leafy greens. To tie in the smoothie piece, we provided samples of a “Berry, Berry Kale Smoothie”, containing banana, strawberry, blueberry, kale, vanilla yogurt and orange juice.
To begin the event, Dennis and I set up a table with dark, leafy green food demonstrations (kale, spinach, collard greens) as well as nutrition information/signage. We then prepped the smoothies and made 4 ounce samples for tastings. Upon discussing the event with lunch aides and administration, students were offered smoothie samples during lunch time hours (11:45 am - 1:15 pm). Lunch aides and administration worked with students in an organized fashion by calling out individual tables one at a time to come to the smoothie table. Lunch aides and administration were also positive advocates of trying the yummy smoothie.
Students were intrigued by the colorful table as well as the samples and thoroughly enjoyed the smoothies. They revealed such excitement about this nutritious snack and appreciated learning about dark, leafy greens in addition. Many of these students also asked for the smoothie recipe to take home to their parents and were enthusiastic to know smoothies would soon be available at breakfast within the school. To see the students as well as the adults become energized about health, nutrition and smoothies made all the difference for Dennis and me. The day was a great experience and success for all involved.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
As noted above, lunch aides and administration worked with students in an organized fashion by calling out individual tables one at a time to come to the smoothie table. Lunch aides and administration were also positive advocates of trying the yummy smoothie. Without the support of the adults, the students may not have been as involved or well behaved throughout the sampling event.