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4-H Blender Bike Helps Teach Healthy Living

February 3, 2020
Blender bike in use

Allen County 4-H Junior Leaders learned about the importance of physical exercise and nutrition while having fun with a 4-H Blender Bike. Youth were able to come up with healthy smoothie recipes using fresh produce from Johnnie Mae Farm and then blend the ingredients together using their own energy while riding a stationary bicycle connected to a blender. Participants had the opportunity to try new foods such as kale, nasturtiums (a peppery, edible flower) and beets in their smoothies. Beets were a favorite among most participants, and they used them in a recipe they named, “Nothing Beets Bananas.” Youth were pleasantly surprised that they could enjoy a sweet treat that was nutritious.

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