2016 W Garden St
850-433-4421

Smoothie Bike

Hop on our bike-powered blender and learn how to eat more fruits and vegetables by making healthy smoothies.

Impact focus

Children’s health & wellness

TBD

We have no more appearances scheduled for 2019. Be sure to look for our booth at Ciclovia in early 2020!

Admission

Admission is free. Bring the whole family! Kids of all ages welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

You may have seen us around town! Our bike-powered smoothie bar makes appearances at local community events such as 5210 Day of Play and Ciclovia Open Streets.

Our blender bike is always a crowd favorite! It’s great tool for awareness of dietary and physical activity recommendations, as well as a memorable experience.

Riding on the bike is fun, but has short-lived impact on its own. By combining our blender bike experience with educational activities, we can extend our impact encouraging health-promoting behaviors after the fun is done.

Materials for this initiative have been reviewed by League members with know-how: dietitian, physicians, registered nurses, and moms!

Children ages 2-18 are eating more fruit, but not more vegetables.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Less than 8% of high school students meet fruit serving recommendations and barely 2% meet vegetable serving recommendations.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

About 60% of children consume fewer fruits than recommended, and 93% of children consume fewer vegetables than recommended.

Vital Signs: Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Children
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"Secret" Ingredients

Each of our smoothie recipe feature a secret ingredient: a food that most children have not tried, are afraid to try, or even a food that they reject because they don’t like the raw flavor.

The Pledge

Each of our smoothie recipe feature a secret ingredient: a food that most children have not tried, are afraid to try, or even a food that they reject because they don’t like the raw flavor.

2019 SMOOTHIE FLAVORS
Tofu on a wooden cutting board
Piña Colada
Flavors:
Pineapple, coconut, banana

Secret ingredients:
tofu, white kidney beans

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Black beans
Brownie
Flavors:
Chocolate fudge!

Secret ingredients:
black beans, prunes

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Spinach leaves in a colander
Very Cherry
Flavors:
Dark cherry, peach

Secret ingredients:
spinach/kale, chia seeds

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Turmeric roots closeup
Pumpkin Pie
Flavors:
Pumpkin spice, maple syrup

Secret ingredients:
pumpkin, turmeric, dates

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • Experience making a blended whole food smoothie on a blender bike
  • Feel how different intensities of physical activity affect heart rate
  • Identify and taste alternative and plant-based protein, iron, and fat sources
  • Taste multiple recipes to sense how bitter greens or veggies can be “hidden” in smoothies to provide quality nutrition without the “yuck” factor
  • Learn about the relationship between calories consumed and energy expended

WHY SMOOTHIES?

Health-promoting option for picky eaters

Children who do not eat enough servings of vegetables could benefit from interventions encouraging this behavior. Smoothies could benefit a child who doesn’t eat due to appetite suppression (as is the case with some ADHD medications), a child who needs extra nutrients, a child who refuses to eat certain foods, or a child who is on-the-go (such as a busy high-schooler in the morning). Unlike juicing, blending fruits and vegetables into a smoothie retains the whole food, which leaves the fiber intact. Parents can “sneak” dark leafy greens and bitter vegetables into a smoothie that a child may otherwise not eat.

Can help caregivers introduce vegetables earlier

Smoothies do not require chewing, or even teeth! Studies suggest that eating more fruits and vegetables during late infancy is associated with eating more of those foods at 6 years of age (source). Serving nutrient-dense fruit and vegetable smoothies to younger children can help them get used to and enjoy the flavor of fresh produce. In fact a subsequent study found that, once weaned, infants who receive repeated dietary exposure to a food eat more of it and may learn to like its flavor (source).

Replace juice, unhealthy snacks, and soft-drinks

Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefits over whole fruit. Whole fruits also provide fiber and other nutrients. Infants should not be given fruit juice and the recommended limit for children ages one to six years old is no more than 4 ounces each day. Blended whole fruit & vegetable smoothies may satisfy a treat craving or thirst without the unnecessary added sugar.

Budget-friendly, make-ahead food choice

Smoothies can be made ahead of time (yes, even the ones with some dairy!) by freezing all of the ingredients in jars or zip-top bags. Simply dump into the blender, add liquid (water or milk), blend until smooth and enjoy. You can have a delicious breakfast smoothie ready to go in less than 5 minutes at home. Anyone can make smoothies at home with a blender using the recipes provided or creating their own. Though fresh and whole produce is best, smoothies can be made with washed canned fruits and vegetables or pre-frozen produce making them a more friendly option.

Fruit & Veg Pledge

Every body can benefit from active moment and eating more servings of fruits and vegetables.

Impact in numbers

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Rides

Children and adults who have visited our blender bike booth to take a spin!

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Events

Appearances we’ve made in the community since our smoothie bike initiative began

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Hours

Volunteer hours spent working, prepping, smoothie-making, and “edutaining” the community with our smoothie bike

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Recipes

Featured kid-friendly, veggie-filled smoothie recipes at the current booth

Submit your original recipe

We are regularly in the kitchen tasting and testing new smoothie recipes. Do you have a great kid-friendly and veggie-filled smoothie? Let us know! If our own tiny tasters love your creation, your recipe could be featured at our next blender-bike appearance around town!

Invite us to your event

Have the blender-bike and our smoothie-making experts “edu-taining” at your next event! Give us the details and we will be in contact with you soon. Preference is given to charitable or health-focused events that are free to the public.

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