Drink Think!

Make a healthy SPLASH with a Drink Think. Choose water or low fat milk more often.

Preschooler drinking milk
Platte County Preschooler Drinking Refreshing Milk

Activity Idea: Mighty Milk-Taste and Learn
   
Source: Modified from Healthy Kids Challenge, Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum (Grades 6-8)
Description: Kids will make a beverage, taste, and learn about the fat difference in milk varieties
Grade: 6-8
Supplies:
  • Nutrition Facts labels from skim, 1%, 2% and whole milk
Recipe Ingredients:

Makes 24-1/4 cup tasting samples

  • 8 ice cubes
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 4 Tbsp. frozen orange juice concentrate
  • blender
  • 6 oz. paper cups, enough for each kid

Activity:

  1. Gather ingredients and utensils. Let kids assist.
  2. Measure and put all ingredients in a blender.
  3. Cover and blend for about 20 seconds.
  4. Serve 1/4 cup tasting samples in paper cups.
  5. Clean work area and utensils with warm soapy water. Rinse with clean water.
  6. Gather kids and explain that milk is a source of saturated fat (a fat solid at room temperature, usually found in meat, dairy and processed foods, and a contributor of heart disease).
  7. Ask kids to look at Nutrition Facts labels of each milk type to identify A) fat content and B) calories. Ask them to explain how to reduce the amount of fat in the recipe. (Answer: By choosing low fat or skim milk, we reduce the saturated and total fat for a healthier heart and body.)
  8. Ask kids to pretend they are restaurant owners and write menu board descriptions that market the recipe as a healthy drink. Suggest they come up with their own recipe names.



This activity is found on page 165 of the Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum (Grades 6-8). For more activity ideas like the one above, check out HKC resource materials. See the Online Store for descriptors and to view the Table of Content and booklet sample pages.