Banana, Strawberry, Almond Milk Smoothies | Juan Cabrillo

Today was our last week of classes for this rotation. To have a little fun, I taught the first and second graders how to make a basic three-ingredient smoothie with fresh banana, frozen strawberries and almond milk. Each student had an opportunity to put a small amount of an ingredient in the blender. Then, everyone crowded around to watch me put the lid on the pitcher and press “blend.”

Many ooo-s and aah-s followed as the ingredients swirled into a bright pink tornado. Then we all had a taste … the kids LOVED it and asked for seconds! We reviewed the three ingredients as we drank the smoothie; and I encouraged the kids to share the recipe with their families so they can make the drink at home!

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Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.