Sugar Beet Schoolhouse is excited to introduce the Blender Bike, a pedal-powered bike that can be used to make smoothies, dips, and sauces. The bike, a step-through Townie with a Vitamix blender attachment, is an innovative way to promote sustainability and a healthy lifestyle to people of all ages.
“I am always looking for ways to draw young people into cooking and making good food,” said Cheryl Munoz, Executive Director of Sugar Beet Schoolhouse. “The Blender Bike is used for our after-school programs, summer camps, and other events, and the kids love it.”
The Blender Bike program was developed by dietetic intern Audrey Roen in 2016. As the Blender Bike Program Director, she facilitates the program and uses her knowledge of nutrition to encourage kids to consider healthy snacks, such as smoothies, hummus, and watermelon gazpacho.
“The response to the Blender Bike has been outstanding,” said Roen. “The kids' reactions to getting up on a bike, pedaling as hard as they can, and tasting a recipe they’ve prepared is a great way to get them moving and learning about healthy eating.”
The Blender Bike Menu can be customized to accommodate food allergies and food preferences, and food is donated by the Sugar Beet Food Co-op. The smoothies, for example, are made using local honey and organic fruit, juice, and yogurt.
The entire Blender Bike program is environmentally-friendly, according to Munoz. “This program is zero waste! All cups are compostable and nothing from the program goes into the landfill.”
This Summer, Sugar Beet Schoolhouse partnered with River Forest Sustainability Committee to promote Green Block Party events, a community outreach program to promote sustainability and engage residents in environmental preservation.
“We are excited to be partnering with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse to incorporate the Blender Bike into our Green Block Party Program,” said Sue Crothers, Green Block Party Program Chair. “What better place than a block party to have some fun riding, making a smoothie, and learning about nutrition?”