You will need
- Chopping boards
- Paper cups
- Access to water
- Something to protect surfaces (for example, newspaper or tablecloths)
- Several PAT-tested blenders
- Smoothie ingredients
- When shopping for your smoothies, include fruit, vegetables, milk/yoghurt, juice and cocoa powder. Avoid common allergens like peanuts, seafood and sesame.
- The person leading the activity should thoroughly wash all of the fruit and vegetables in the cold water. They should then wash each chopping board and the containers on each blender in the hot soapy water, before rinsing with more cold water.
- If you have fruit or vegetables that need peeling or chopping with a sharp knife, like carrots, the person leading the activity should do this now.
- Set up the table with the tablecloth close to a power supply, so the group can plug in their blenders and work on their smoothies.
- The person leading the activity should explain that they’ll be making smoothies. These are popular drinks that help people get enough of the healthy food they need everyday. Show the group the fruit and vegetables that they can use. Tell them that the more portions of different fruits or vegetables they can get into their smoothies, the better.
- Everyone should get into groups. Each group should look at the ingredients and decide what flavour smoothie they’re going to make.
- The person leading the activity should go between the groups and give them some safety knives, a clean chopping board and the ingredients they need for their smoothie mix. Everyone should chop up the ingredients with the knives on the boards. They should try to make tougher ingredients like apple or carrot as small as they can.
- The person leading the activity should check that the blenders are clean and are working as they should.
- With supervision, everyone should add their chopped ingredients and some liquid (milk or juice) to the blender. Someone should hold the lid on each blender as the smoothies are being made. Stop blending every ten seconds to see what the smoothie looks like. If it is too thick, add a little liquid; if too thin, add a little food.
- When the smoothies are ready, they should be liquid enough to pour into cups. All of them should have a name and everyone should then try them all.
The group made smoothies using fruits, vegetables and a few other ingredients. Why are fruits and vegetables the ideal ingredients for smoothies? We know about them being healthy and needing to eat them, but what about how they are made and what they feel like to touch? Would having daily smoothies make it easier for you to get your five-a-day?
Once the smoothies were finished, everyone should’ve tried them all. Which group made the best smoothie, in your opinion? Would you be able to make a smoothie on your own? What would you change next time?
Check for allergies before you begin and read the guidance on food safety. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.
- Sharp objects
Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.
- Water games and activities
Be careful when doing activities with, in, or near water. Check surfaces and reduce the risk of slipping where possible. Make sure you have appropriate supervision for this activity.