I have been volunteering with a Non Profit called Create A Change Now. Create A Change Now (CACN) is a non-profit 501c3 organization that is fighting childhood obesity and changing the way families eat by educating and empowering children to participate in the process of making healthier food choices that are nutritious and delicious. CACN plants edible gardens in local elementary schools and then brings local chefs into the schools to conduct food demonstrations using the produce that the children have grown in their gardens. I had the priviledge to attend one of the chef demos and wanted to share the story and the recipe.
J.T. McWilliams Elementary Spring Chef Demonstration with Raw Mixologist Shane Stuart
The Fresh Garden Smoothie
The Fresh Garden Smoothie, also known as, “The Healthiest Smoothie on the Planet”, was the item that was prepared today at J.T. McWilliams Elementary school for Create A Change Now’s Spring Chef Demo with Raw Mixologist Chef Shane Stuart. About 100 kids had the opportunity to learn how to make this nutritious smoothie with vegetables that were planted and harvested from their very own school garden. They were pleasantly surprised at how tasty it was. “This is delicious”, I heard one girl excitedly announce, “it really is”!
The demonstration was for the 4th and 5thgraders of J.T. McWilliams Elementary School. Their garden was planted
last Fall by Garden Farms of Nevada with Create A Change Now. The garden includes lettuce, kale, celery, carrots, radishes, beets, tomatoes, herbs and grape vines. The Chef chose fresh lettuce and arugula from the school garden for the
smoothie. The first question the Chef asked the kids was “what is your favorite vegetable”? The kids responded with a few of their favorites: carrots, red grapes, broccoli and even onions. When asked if anyone had any food allergies one child responded by saying “No, but make sure all the food we will be having is nice, juicy and good”! Sharing health and nutrition tips about each item in the smoothie, the kids were fully engaged in the demonstration. They learned that the healthiest
part of the orange is usually the part everyone throws away, the white pith! And that the skin and the seeds of a grape are the healthiest. The Chef encouraged them to use even a small handful of Kale in their smoothie, and said, “If you can hide it in your fist, you can hide it in your smoothie”. He explained that eating breakfast was the most important meal of the day and that this smoothie is a perfect way to start your day!
I loved seeing the children so happy and excited to learn about fruits and vegetables and the importance of eating them. They were all very anxious to taste the smoothie. There were rave reviews and lots of smiles while the kids were enjoying the Fresh Garden Smoothie. From their school garden to their “plate”, the demonstration was a success.
Here is the delicious recipe.
Fresh Garden Smoothie
What you need:
1 ½ Oranges
Slice of Pineapple
1 handful of spinach
Fistful of Kale
Pinch of arugula
2 cups green grapes
1 cup of ice
How to Prepare: Place all ingredients into to the blender. Enjoy!
Below are some photos of the garden and the Chef's demonstration.
Make It Healthy and Make It Fun!