Green smoothies and 320 adventurous eaters

8 Jun

Today we held our final food-in-the-garden event of the school year at George Watts, and what a finale it was. On the menu: grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato and basil, and green smoothies. More on that in minute.

First, I must thank Becca Wright, our school nutritionist, and the team of volunteers who worked in the garden all day, helping kids make the connection between what’s growing in our school garden and the food we were tasting. The volunteers walked the kids to the tomato and basil garden beds (and the now out-of-season strawberry bed), encouraging them to pluck and eat when the fruit is ripe. We picked a few of the Sun Gold tomatoes and popped them right into our mouths. Absolutely wonderful!

We used our garden’s fresh basil for the sandwiches, as well as sharp cheddar cheese donated by Cabot Creamery, a family-owned cooperative in Vermont — thanks, Cabot Creamery!

Now, back to the menu. The green smoothies were (unsurprisingly) the hit of the day. The kids cut up the fruit and spinach, measured ingredients and combined them in the blender. Result? Greenish-brownish smoothie.

Inevitably, one kid in each group was brave enough to be the first taster. And after one kid said, “Mmmmm!” almost everyone else fell in line. Even kindergartners gobbled it up. Parents, you would’ve been proud. You’ll find the recipe at the end of the post.

Our school nutritionist Becca Wright

A green mustache

Our sandwich chef volunteers

Kids picking garlic from the garden

How to Make a Green Smoothie

1/2 banana
12 strawberries
2 cups spinach
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
ice cubes

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Add ice as desired.

5 Responses to “Green smoothies and 320 adventurous eaters”

  1. Jo Wells June 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    My daughter Stephanie was one of those 320 adventurous eaters. I am currently in shock as a result… She is one who has never knowingly allowed ANY fruit or vegetable ever to pass her ruby lips. But last night she proudly listed the ingredients of the smoothie and then declared it absolutely yummy. I plan to race out to buy said ingredients and make it again tonight before she forgets she liked it…
    Thanks so much to so many who have made this garden a reality. It is phenomenal – a gift not only to our school and our kids and our families but to the neighborhood (it is so BEAUTIFUL) and to our planet (if it helps change our bad habits).

  2. Kellianne June 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Thank you Alice, Becca and everyone else who made today’s garden tasting day happen. It was the talk of our dinner table this evening. Even my 5 year old, picky eater extraordinaire, ate everything and related how yummy it was! Thanks also for including the smoothie recipe in the blog.

  3. Maria Oyaski June 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    My daughter Sigrid (who is constantly making fun of me for spending too much time in the garden, and who is very hesitant about eating most green things) came home specifically asking if we had strawberries and spinach so we could make green smoothies. She wrote down the recipe for us from memory (as best she could recall, which as it turns out was quite close to the official). Thank you for the official recipe!

  4. Gillian Williams June 18, 2010 at 9:12 pm #


    I can’t thank you enough! My daughter is the queen of imaginary foods – cilantro cinnamon cake, peanut butter potato chip pancakes, you get the picture. She came home yesterday gushing about a play they staged at recess (all about human reproduction) and the green smoothies. I was assuming of course that that the green smoothies existed in the collective imaginations of the actors, but she started listing ingredients…hmmmmm…this was starting to sound very creative and quite delicious. So glad to have the actual recipe so we can try to recreate at home!

    -Gillian Williams

  5. Belinda @zomppa March 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Congratulations!! Sounds like a huge successful and the menu sounds wonderful. Everyone’s smiles say it all.

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