Healthful smoothies added to Bay High lunches
Thanks to a grant from the Bay Village Education Foundation, Bay High students are enjoying lunchtime smoothies made from the freshest, healthiest fruits and vegetables. Students tried some free samples on Wednesday, February 24 -- one day before the 12-ounce smoothies will be sold at lunchtime for $4 each.
The Green Smoothies made for the free trial included kale, green grapes, pears, bananas and oranges. The Triple Berry Smoothies consisted of red grapes, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and vanilla yogurt. New recipes will be offered as students decide their favorites.
Health and Physical Education instructor Bobby Dougherty applied for the grant, along with Child Nutrition Services Supervisor Jodi Higgins and staff member Diana Lee.
"Teaching students the importance of good eating habits and then showing them are two different things," said Dougherty. "We can tell them to eat well. We can show them the results in pictures and videos; however, nothing compares to acting it out live. Eating well should not be hard to do. This can show them how making small changes in their diet can have a major impact on their overall health."
The grant allowed for the purchase of two, industrial-grade Vitamix® machines to handle what is expected to be heavy demand for the smoothies. Joseph Dowdell, a student intern studying Dietetics at the University of Akron this year, acted as the smoothie chef for the school's launch of the new a la carte item.
"We are always trying to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables," said Higgins. "The smoothies are currently a very popular way to do that. Students love them, and we hope many will take advantage of being able to get them at school."