we went through a ton of spinach.
here is my belated report on how mac's 3rd grade class liked the "holiday party" green smoothies!
i made two types and talked the whole time to the class while i was prepping and blending. i made them giggle, asked them questions, talked to them about real food and cooking with their families... it was a riot. i told them that they didn't have to try it if they didn't want to... nobody declined, even though most of the class agreed i was a "crazy nutball" to be putting spinach into a drink. i love calling myself that, it makes the kids laugh so hard they give you hugs at the end.
i made two types:
1st batch of green "holiday" smoothies:
2-3 handfuls of packed spinach
(if you only have one or the other, just use the whole apple/pear)
juice from 1/2 orange
juice from 1/2 lemon
water (to fill line- which almost covers all of the fruit and greens)
2nd batch of green/red (kinda brownish/purplish) holiday smoothies:
same as above + frozen mixed berries/mango in place of the apple and/or pear
no additional sweetener was needed (i brought organic stevia just.in.case... so happy it's totally unnecessary!)
i passed small sample cups to each student and then they got to pick which type they wanted for a "big" glass. 11 students wanted the 2nd batch and 10 students wanted the 1st batch. the majority of the class asked for seconds!!! i whizzed up smoothies the entire time (i made 6 full batches!!!!!) while mary (the other super party mom who is in the middle of our picture) ran games and activities. there were a handful of parents who also came to the celebration and i was so excited to surprise them at how delicious a green smoothie can be. by the end of the party, the class could recite the ingredients... i wonder if anyone taught their families how to make them over break?!
miss mekaelian, thank you so much for having me - you and your class rocks!!!!
i can't wait to do it again.
our morning challenge: drink these smoothies every morning for breakfast... so far so good, today is day #3. go team shife-dog.