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Nutritious Smoothie Choices at Pleasant Lea Elementary

By
Lori Danella,   Pleasant Lea Elementary School
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Nutritious Smoothie Choices at Pleasant Lea Elementary
The PLE manager heard about several of our elementary schools receiving grants to purchase the equipment needed to offer smoothies for breakfast. She wanted her students to be able to have them also, so she brought an immersion blender from home. Needless to say, it is hard for her to keep up with the demand so we are currently trying to do various blenderless recipes to be able to menu them. We are applying for a 2018-2019 grant so we can purchase a commercial blender like those in some of our other schools. We want this to be fun for our staff, fun for our students and something the teachers approve of. With yogurt, fruit, milk, juice and veggies, the parents and teachers are ecstatic and we are seeing students that have never purchased breakfast start!! Teachers are even jumping on the band wagon. We hope to continue to grow this program and keep it successful!

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

The challenge is not having a commercial blender and trying to prepare 100+ smoothies. Our immersion hand blender couldn't keep up so we changed to blenderless recipes. We have applied for a grant for the 2018-2019 year to purchase a commerical blender. This will last for many years and enable to keep smoothies on the menu and offer them more often.