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Smoothie Competition

By
Varita Williams,   Cather Elementary School
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Smoothie Competition

At Willa Cather we had a smoothie tasting for our students as well as the staff. It was a big hit, being that we held one on a Monday, which is a day when we find ourselves sluggish, and it takes a minute to readjust to our weekly routine. The second was held on a Friday, which is the day we all find ourselves excited for the end of the week. I personally hand made the smoothies, which was certainly a lot more work than expected. I would like to include a huge thanks to Pete’s Produce for providing gift certificates to assist with the purchasing of the fresh fruit that we used. Our first smoothie was made from Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, and Bananas. We added a touch of Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt, however considering some people had allergies we did not serve the yogurt infused option to everyone. Many of the students and staff really enjoyed this smoothie. The only thing some said was missing was a pinch of sugar. We chopped and blended a pound of each berry, and added one sliced banana. I also added ice for a crunch and chill. We settled on calling it the CBC “Cather’s Berry Concoction”. The second smoothie was made from Honeydew Melon, Green Grapes, Cucumber, and fresh Mint. More staff members enjoyed this option than students did. I believe having a mature palate was a factor in this result. Many students complained of a “weird” taste, which I believe was the mint that many have not been previously exposed to. I only used one mint leaf, a pound of chopped grapes, and a pound of honeydew. I also added ice for a crunch and chill to this one as well. This one we called the “Honey I’m Home”

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students were responsible for selecting the fruit options to create the smoothies. Teachers added finishing touches such as the mint to give life and vibrant taste. Teachers also supplied blenders and cups for the smoothies.

How did you accomplish your goals?

My hope was to introduce students to fruits and blends they had never tried. I think the most rewarding part was seeing all the students at least try and taste both without any reservations.

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

One of the biggest issues I realized early on was that I would have to purchase fruit to participate. Thankfully the local grocer Pete's Fresh Market offered to assist with the purchasing of the ingredients. They mailed us fifty dollars in gift certificates to purchase the fruit.