Tucked away on 33 rolling acres in Catonsville is one of Baltimore City Public School’s amazing resources and perhaps one of their best kept ‘secrets’: Great Kids Farm.
We say secret not because of any covert operation; but because it’s one of the resources parents might not even know about.
The mission of Great Kids Farm? Engage students with good food from farm to fork — and prepare them to lead sustainability efforts in their communities. The farm provides produce to city schools as well as experiential learning opportunities for all city students. During the 2015-16 school year, 2,800 students visited the Farm, with thousands more benefiting from the distribution of produce, curriculum, and living educational materials to teachers, allowing them to replicate Farm experiences in their classrooms.
Great Kids Farm Vision statement is one we can all get on board with: “We envision a generation of healthy young people in Baltimore City fully aware of their ability to create positive change in their communities, and empowered to make choices to sustain themselves, their families, their communities, and the earth.”
Part of achieving that missions comes from healthy foods recipe development. Foods that will not only delight pint-sized palates, but pack a nutritious punch.
Great Kids Farm was kind enough to provide this peachy green smoothie recipe — the perfect snack for recharging your family’s batteries after the crazy holidays! Peaches may not be in season now, but you’ll definitely find them in your local store’s freezer.
Peaches are a sweet source of a trio of brain-boosting vitamins. Vitamin C can lift your mood; vitamin K can help your memory; and vitamin A can improve your learning skills. There’s also niacin (a B vitamin) that may help give you more mental energy Peaches also contain key minerals potassium, calcium and magnesium that may help cognitive functioning and prevent strokes. They stimulate digestion and improve the health of the skin. Peaches also help to build body fluids, making them an expectorant in the case of dry coughs and lubricating for the intestines in the case of constipation
This smoothie has a super power ingredient that might surprise you: parsley! More than just a garnish, parsley is a powerful herb that contains important vitamins and flavonoids, which may help reduce the risk of certain cancers and inflammation in the body. Parsley is also a natural diuretic, helping increase the flow of fluids through the kidneys.
It’s lightly sweetened with honey or agave but the real sweetener is dates. Yes, surprised us, too!
Healthy snack or breakfast? Check. No refined sugar? Check. Added bonus? It’s delicious!
- 1 cup milk, yogurt, coconut water or dairy-free milk of your choice
- 1 cup fresh or frozen peaches*
- ½ cup fresh or frozen pineapple*
- 1 frozen banana*
- small handful of fresh parsley*
- 2 dates, pitted (or to taste, for sweetness)
- 1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar
- Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
- If using fresh fruit, you may want to add a few ice cubes to make it thicker and icier. If using frozen fruit, ice isn’t necessary. Ripe bananas can be peeled and frozen in a single layer and always available in your freezer for smoothies!