Bonus Recipe: Fresh Squeezed Lemonade and Chocolate Banana Soy Smoothie

I’ve had a busy week planning and overseeing nutrition classes for the Park District’s kid camps.  This week was healthy snacks and lunches for 30 of the school aged campers on 2 different days, so not as much time to experiment with our cookbook recipes.  Nevertheless, since most of the items received the kid seal of approval (much more coveted than the Good Housekeeping seal), I thought they would be good to share here.

One of my thoughtful sister-in-laws gave my husband an electric juicer during the BK (before Kelly) era.  I think it must be 25 years old, still works great and has become our new favorite cooking class “toy”.  I had a group of 6 girls today cutting lemons and then juicing them,  adding their juice to cold water, sugar and ice.  Just for fun, we had a “shake it up party” with the closed container.  My darlings are lobbying to have a lemonade stand to make some cash.  It sounds like a great idea but our street is jokingly referred to as the twilight zone… even the pizza delivery guys struggle to find us, so I’m not sure how much traffic or money they will get.  Anyhow, here is the recipe:


Out of the Box Fresh Squeezed Lemonade with a pinch of sugar from

  • 1 1/3 C fresh squeezed lemon juice (from approx 5-6 lemons)
  • 1/3 C granulated sugar
  • 1 C hot water (near boiling)
  • 7 C cold water


  • Mix sugar into hot water.  Stir until dissolved.
  • Pour lemon juice in a pitcher.  Add sugar water.  Top with cold water.
  • Mix well.
  • Serve over ice


The chocolate banana smoothie was a huge hit.  We could hardly keep up with the demand for this sweet treat and the best part was that it was exposing the kids to a new food most hadn’t tried- soymilk.  Soy is being researched for potential preventive effects in breast and prostate cancer and 25 grams of soy protein/day helps lower high LDL cholesterol.  Since soy has a weak estrogenic effect, its also being researched for alleviation of menopausal symptoms.  Since this writer is a “hot mama”, I have making this at home for myself.  Here is the recipe:

Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipe Adapted from From

  • 8 ounces skim/ low fat or soy milk
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 bananas (frozen)
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder.

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.


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