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Teaching Them More than Reading

On Tuesday, I had one of those moments when I realized how much more than Reading that I’m teaching my students.

During my first class, one of my girls, “S,” came in and saw my Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie…

Don’t ask me why, but one day last week, I got a hankering for peanut butter.

I’d been trying to make myself like smoothies, but I was having a rough time of it.  I like to eat my fruit, not drink it in chunks.

Then one day, I discovered the heavenly combination of banana and peanut butter.

Elvis would be so proud.

One thing led to another, and I found myself sitting in Target’s parking lot Googling peanut butter/banana smoothie recipes.

I found a couple I liked and took ingredients from both to come up with something that tasted DIVINE.

I’ve been on my Daniel Fast…more hard core than the last year or so, when I’d been baking and eating some refined sugar.

Since January 1st, I haven’t eaten any sugar (not on purpose), French Fries, or other junk food.

Thanks to the Ninja blending system I received as a Christmas gift, the ingredients (shared below) were turned into something that my picky taste buds enjoyed.


I’d taken my drink into school a couple of days, and my students had taken notice.

On Tuesday, “S,” saw my drink and told me that she’d made a smoothie, complete with Chia seeds, which I’d told my kids about.  She went on to say that she had added strawberries and suggested that I try doing the same.

I could not help but smile.

You see, my students and I chat.  That’s how I have created relationships with them.

They’ve been very curious about my eating lifestyle, at first thinking that being vegan is weird, but slowly coming to the understanding that it is a healthy way to eat.

These kids need this kind of teaching.  They often dine on fast food or whatever comes out of the freezer.  Much of what they eat is fried or microwaved.

This distresses me, but I don’t lecture them.

It’s obvious, from the conversation with my student, that I am teaching them more than I realize.

They are listening.

Some of them are even experimenting with new dishes.

This makes my heart happy.

Here’s the recipe I’ve created…super fast, easy, and delicious.

For a single serving…

1/2 cup Almond or Soy milk (or whatever kind you prefer)
1 banana, slided
3 tbsp peanut butter (I use Publix’s store brand natural, which has salt and peanuts)
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp Chia seeds
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (you may want to up this if the peanut butter flavor is too strong)
Ice Cubes for consistency

On Tuesday, I added some nutmeg to cut the peanut butter taste.  It was simply delicious!

4 Responses

  1. It looks and sounds yummy.

  2. I am a smoothie freak… I’m totally trying this combo!

  3. It sounds wonderful, even though I have no idea what chia seeds are, or where one would find them!

  4. I’m guessing you put a banana in there too? 😉
    RE: Chia seeds – you can find them at health food stores, “natural” markets, and if all else fails, Amazon.

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