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Should Your School Invest in a Smoothie Program?

The Quick Answer: Absolutely! Kids love them.

Here's Why:

Smoothie sales across the U.S. are up 84% from last year and current estimations suggest that smoothie consumption will continue to rise in 2022. You might be thinking, "but what's causing the rise in popularity?"

It all comes down to three things. Smoothies are:

  1. Versatile
  2. Easy and quick to make
  3. Nutritious (but most important... they're delicious!)

The fact is smoothies aren't just popular with adults—kids love them too! That's why K-12 schools across the nation are building smoothie programs for their students.

The 6 Main Benefits of Starting a Smoothie Program

Not only is investing in a smoothie program proven to increase meal participation, but it also has a number of added benefits like:

Smoothies to-go

Reducing Produce Waste—before fruits (and veggies) expire, toss them into your smoothie recipes as a last effort to avoid lost product.

Offering On-The-Go Meals—students who want a quick meal will find smoothies more convenient than traditional meals.

Providing Meals Throughout the Day—smoothies work for breakfast, second chance, lunch and after school programs.

Serving Students Outside the Cafeteria—many schools are now serving meals in hallways and classrooms. Smoothies are easy to transport across your school.

Prepping Food Ahead of Time—smoothies can be made the day before serving saving your staff time and increasing efficiency.

Increasing Nutrition of Students—unlike juicing, blending fruits and vegetables into a smoothie retains the whole food, which leaves the fiber, minerals, and protein intact.

Boy with smoothie

Smoothies Can Be Reimbursable
(Depending on Your Ingredients)

Creating a reimbursable meal for smoothies depends greatly on the recipe, other offerings, and grade levels. Check out your state regulations to see how you can make smoothies reimbursable.

Introducing Hubert's Smoothie Kit

We've taken the guesswork out of shopping for and putting together the long list of tools you need to make smoothies for your students.

Plus, our pre-built smoothie kit takes the time and effort associated with the making smoothies and streamlines it.

Smoothie Cart Kit

The smoothie kit includes all the items you need to serve smoothies to your students, such as:

  1. 22 qt. pails with lids
  2. Mobile cart
  3. Vinyl cart decals
  4. 4 insulated milk crate bags with drink dividers
  5. 16" immersion blender with wall hanger
  6. 2 acrylic sign holders
  7. Retractable floor stand banner
  8. Downloadable resources, such as the Smoothie flavor of the day PDF's available in 11 x 8.5 or 8.5 x 11
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