On January 18, 2018, I held a smoothie kickoff event within 2nd and 4th grade classrooms at Johnny Appleseed Elementary School. I also 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.
Upon discussing the event with administration, teachers and aides, I visited nine different classrooms to educate students about dark, leafy greens as well as offer smoothie samples. By traveling from classroom to classroom, I brought food demonstrations of dark, leafy greens (kale, spinach, collard greens) as well as nutrition information/signage and handouts for students. I also brought 2 ounce samples of the smoothies for tastings after the education portion of the classroom visit. Administration, teachers and aides were advocates of trying the yummy smoothies.
Students were intrigued by the colorful greens 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 (as was administration). To see the students and adults become energized about health, nutrition and smoothies made all the difference for me. The day was a great experience and success for all involved!
How did students and adults work together as a team?
As above, administration, teachers and aides were positive advocates of trying the yummy smoothie and impacting appropriate behavior throughout the classroom visit. Without their support, the kick-off event may not have run as smoothly.