Students at Julatten State School in far North Queensland have been getting their creative juices and smoothies flowing in a recent healthy drinks challenge. 

The Year 5 students have been part of the Healthy Eats program since the start of the school year and were recently tasked with creating their very own healthy drink they could make at school. 

The students worked in groups to develop their recipes, make shopping lists of all the ingredients they would need, and then set about perfecting the drink recipes using a trial-and-error method to determine which combination of fruits and vegies tasted the best. 

Healthy Eats Community Development Officer Kristina joined the class for a drink making session and was excited by the creative combinations the kids came up with. 

“There were some great recipes and some really impressive use of different fruits and vegies like dragon fruit and broccoli,” said Kristina. 

Recipes included – the Sour Face, Lumpy Bumpy, Green Drink and Fruity Twist. 

“We thought mostly green ingredients would taste good and also have loads of good nutrients,” said Year 5 student, Indigo. 

Each group was able to taste the other team’s drink recipes and voted at the end for their favourite combination – with Lumpy Bumpy coming out on top! 

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Fruity Twist creator Cate loved the healthy drink project. 

“This has been such a cool activity! Creating the drinks was fun and making them was even better. Me and my partner like most of the same fruits and we both think the final drink is really nice,” Cate said. 

Final recipes were also shared in the school newsletter, so families could try the different combinations at home. 

Julatten State School Year 5/6 teacher and Healthy Eats Coordinator, Jo Warburton was delighted with the student’s enthusiasm for the project. 

“This was a great learning activity for the students. They had lots of fun creating their healthy drink recipes, trying different combinations and tasting them at the end. 

“Some of the students had never tried fruits such as kiwi and dragon fruit before, so it was fantastic to see them trying new healthy foods!” 

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Want to learn more about the Healthy Eats program? Read more about the program available to select regions in Queensland here.

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