How to Make the Perfect Smoothie!

My nutrition class recently learned all about vitamins, and what better way to learn how to get them into your diet than a smoothie lab!  But, simply giving them recipes for great smoothies isn’t good enough.  Students had to choose a health benefit like better skin, healthy hair or calorie burning as the purpose of their smoothie.  Then, they had to look over their notes for the vitamins that held these functions.  Finally, they chose the fruits that those vitamins contained and they were ready to make smoothies…. almost.  (If you would like to create a smoothie with a specific health benefit, check out this site

1 cup base + 1 cup liquid + 2 cups thickener = PERFECTION!

BASE: No more than 3 fruits or veggies from the same general category (berries, citrus) makes a great combination!  Add a punch of a SUPER FOOD by adding fresh spinach or avocado!  All fruits/veggies should total to 1 cup.

LIQUID: Choose milk or juice depending on the intensity of your base choices.  To tame down strong flavors add milk.  To add a little kick to mild fruits add a juice.  If using a yellow or orange base try a little carrot juice for added vitamin A!

THICKENER:  If the fruits you chose are frozen (which make the best consistency) then they are actually apart of the thickener group now.  So, if you already have 1 cup of frozen fruit, add a cup of vanilla yogurt for added creaminess.  Using fresh fruit?  2 cups of yogurt should do the trick for just the right thickness.  Depending on the juiceness of your fruit have some ice on hand to blend in.

Blend & Enjoy!


October 28, 2011. Healthy Stuff, Recipes. Leave a comment.

What’s Your Color Season?

My Fashion students have loved learning about color the past two weeks!  This week, we discussed how they can choose the best garments according to their personal coloring and body shapes.  I taught them how to determine their “Season” which dictates what colors look best on them.  So much fun! 

My favorite part of the lesson is bringing volunteers to the front of the room and putting color swatches under their faces.  The class then tells them which colors look best on them, and this is how I prove that they indeed are a particular season.  During one such evaluation, I placed a bright raspberry colored swatch under a beautiful hispanic girl’s face.  Her dark hair, eyes and beige skin were wonderfully accented by the color.  To that, another student replied, “Everybody would look good in that color!”.  I simply smiled at the girl and raised the swatch up to my rosy skin, ash-blonde hair and blue eyes.  To this she replied, “Ugh….. nevermind! You cannot wear that color Mrs. Dameron!”   Hooray for application of knowledge!

If you’re interested in your determining your Season, I have attached the PowerPoint used in class this week!  Enjoy!

Choosing Your Best Colors

October 7, 2011. Uncategorized. 1 comment.