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: Banana Berry Smoothie-Taste and Learn
Source: Healthy Kids Challenge, Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum (Grades K-2)
Description: Kids will make a beverage, taste, and learn about the benefits of dairy foods
Grade: K-2
  • Nutrition Facts labels from skim, 1%, whole milk; fat free yogurt, calcium fortified orange juice, nonfat dry milk
Recipe Ingredients:

Makes 27 (1/3 cup) tasting samples

  • 4 cups calcium fortified orange juice
  • 4 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 3 cups bananas, sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups vanilla fat free yogurt
  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 6 oz. paper cups, enough for each child


  1. Wash hands with soap and water before handling food or utensils.
  2. Gather ingredients and utensils. Let kids assist as able.
  3. Measure and put all ingredients in a blender.
  4. Process until smooth.
  5. Serve 1/3 cup tasting samples in paper cups.
  6. Clean work area and utensils with warm soapy water. Rinse with clean water.
  7. Gather kids and explain that along with water and 100% juice, nonfat (skim) milk is a healthy choice. Milk and foods made from milk are a rich source of calcium needed for strong bones and teeth.
  8. Encourage kids to choose low fat or fat free milk and foods like low fat yogurt and cheese.
  9. Look at ingredient labels. Identify nonfat dry milk and fat free yogurt as lower fat choices that are healthy. Identify calcium added to the orange juice, besides milk, another source of calcium.

This activity is found on page 62 of the Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum (Grades K-2). 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.