Elmo is Coming to HBO!

Like most kids, my son LOVES Elmo.

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So, you can imagine our excitement that Sesame Street is coming to HBO with brand-new episodes in January!

Setting my own childhood nostalgia aside, what I love about this famous show is that it’s actually educational. Research has shown that Sesame Street’s focus on academic curriculum, with an emphasis in reading and math, can help prepare children for school and might make them more likely to stay at an appropriate grade level for their age. While the show originally focused on the basics, such as letters, numbers, and cooperation, I love that the writers incorporate new research to change the show, as needed, to continue helping children succeed in life.

To this day, I still can’t make a batch of cookies without singing to myself, “C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me, yeah!” Talk about a show that sticks with you.

To celebrate this fresh new version of Sesame Street and the “blending” of two iconic brands, I made some fresh smoothie bowls with a familiar-looking face on top. At least, I hope he looks familiar… my food crafting skills might still need some work!

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These smoothie bowls are such a fun way to get your kids to enjoy a healthy breakfast, without relying on sugary breakfast cereals. (That’s another perk of the show airing on HBO– no junk food commercials to tempt your kids!) What Sesame Street fan can resist a treat with Elmo’s face on it?

Elmo Smoothie Bowls
Makes 2

Ingredients:

1 batch Blueberry Mango Smoothie (recipe below)
10-12 large strawberries, thinly sliced
1 small apple, sliced into thin circles
1 clementine, peeled and sliced in half
4 raisins

Blueberry Mango Smoothie:

1 cup water, plus more if needed for blending
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen mango
3 Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 avocado

Directions:

Prepare the smoothie by blending the ingredients together in a high-speed blender. You want the smoothie to be pretty thick, so it can be eaten with a spoon, but if your blender can’t break down the fruit, you can add a little more water to help it along.

Divide the smoothie between two bowls, then start arranging the strawberry slices around the edge of each bowl. You want the dark blueberry smoothie to form Elmo’s “smile,” so after you’ve lined the edge of the bowl with strawberries, make a line of strawberries across the middle of the bowl to create his upper lip.

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Place two round apple slices at the top of the bowl to create Elmo’s eyes, and then arrange half of a small clementine underneath the “eyes” to create his nose. Place a raisin in the middle of each apple slice to give him pupils. Then serve with a spoon!

I hope you and your family enjoy these smoothie bowls as much as we have. An added perk of eating your smoothies with a spoon is that it slows you down– and research has shown that enjoying your smoothies slowly will leave you more satiated later. Perfect for kids who need to get through a school day!

For more, check out the official website, along with Sesame Street and HBO on social media. Sesame Street is scheduled to air starting January 16th!

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Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned certified nutritionist consultant, trying to make healthy living as easy as possible. I believe in eating delicious whole foods on a regular basis to help naturally support the body’s detox organs— no juice fasting required. (Unless you want to!) If you make one of my healthy recipes, tag @detoxinista on Instagram or Facebook so I can see!

145 thoughts on “Elmo is Coming to HBO!

  1. Joslyn

    First I want to say this recipe is adorable, and maybe by trying this my son will not tell me he doesn’t like blueberries. It’s definitely worth a shot!

    And to answer the question, yes I do have a favorite memory from Sesame Street:

    I remember growing up, my brother, my sister and I would always watch it together in the afternoon. We loved whenever The Count was on the show and of course my sister adored Big Bird, since he is yellow. I just have such fond memories of us bonding as a family over a show we all enjoyed. And now I’m able to do the same with my son. He loves Cookie Monster and I love being able to tell him how I used to watch Sesame Street when I was younger. He always just laughs and finds that funny though!

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  2. Natalie

    My favorite Sesame Street memory was watching the Cookie Monster devour cookies! I also remember that I learned how to count numbers better by singing along with Count von Count!

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  3. Maria

    My favorite sesame Street memory is remembering my brother trying to hunt down a tickle me elmo doll for my niece one Christmas probably about 20 years ago! Elmo is a classic. My daughter now loves him. I may just have to make this for her upcoming birthday!

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  4. Liz S.

    My favorite Sesame Street memory is the “Rubber Ducky” song that Ernie sings. Love how lively and fun all of the characters are, but I distinctly remember Ernie and the love he had for his rubber ducky toy.

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  5. Heather W

    Oh gosh! I think my favourite Sesame Street memory was from when I was young. I remember watching it all the time at my grandma’s house growing up. There was this one song called ‘Don’t Waste Water’ (that I can still remember the tune of to this day!) and every time it came on I would get up and dance around my grandma’s living room. I was a pretty shy, only child, so it was rare that I would get up and dance around like that. My grandma always got quite the kick out of it.

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  6. Bianca

    i adored watching sesame street as a child!! there was also a sesame st themed amusement park called ‘sesame place’ close by, and i remember it was like a dream come true to go there!

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  7. Kathleen Eeg

    I have always adored watching The Count on Sesame Street! He may be a little off-beat and live with bats, but he’s so much fun!

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  8. Katie

    Sesame Street on HBO??? 🙁
    That’s really sad!!! Sesame Street should be easily accessible to all children. Not just the ones with parents can afford HBO. 🙁

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  9. Julie Wood

    Our favorite memory is getting to see Cookie monster go nuts over his cookies and all the fun songs that my son and daughter love listening to with Cookie Monster. They even got a Cookie Monster toy for Christmas last year!

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  10. Joanna

    I forgot all about Sesame Street! My sister and I watched it when were little. She had a Big Bird blanket that she carried everywhere. My mom says I was a Bert and Ernie fan although I can’t remember haha

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  11. Amy Tong

    Yes, my favorite and most memorial Sesame Street was the episode they talk about a loved one passed away. I always have a hard time trying to explain to my kids on that concept. Love that episode as it brings comforts to me as well.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  12. Angel Jacklyn

    I remember my mother always making us special snacks when Sesame Street would come on… The good old days…. Ahhhhhh

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  13. OFG

    My parents subscribed to a book club that delivered new Sesame Street books every week or month, (I can’t remember). I loved getting a new book and asking my parents to sit and read it to me!

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  14. Gia

    I remember being a little girl and Sesame Street would be on every day I returned home from school- I’d laugh over Cookie Monster devouring all his cookies and having crumbs fall everywhere from his mouth….And I always thought my grandfather looked like Grover and my dad like Big Bird, lol….many laughs were shared when my dad would count like the Count, imitating his theatrical voice; I was always laughing hysterically as a result…

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  15. Linda

    I know I missed the chance to win but I want to share my favorite Seasame Street memory anyway. One episode when we were learning the letter B, the show used the Beatles song “Let her be.” Just sing it to yourself using letter b…

    It’s my favorite Beatles song and I think of Seasame Street too

    Love it!

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  16. Elle

    There was a Sesame Street segment with song that I loved as a kid and sang all the time. I still find myself humming the tune every now and again.

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  17. Anne

    My Sesame Street memories all seem to be about the music. I think my friends and I drove our poor mothers nuts with the song Rubber Ducky! And just thinking about it now, it’s running through my head (and will probably be stuck there all day–ha!).

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  18. Betty C

    My favorite memory is of watching my children sit on the floor and sing with the Sesame Street character. It was one of the few times they didn’t argue over what to watch on TV.

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  19. Madeline

    I used to watch Sesame Street at my babysitters’ house. All of the other children had to take a nap but I was so quiet that she let me watch TV instead!

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  20. D Schmidt

    My favorite memory is watching the show with my Mother as a child and always listening to the theme tune knowing it meant time to collect my Sister from school.

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  21. Debbie B

    Big Bird was always my favorite Sesame Street character when i was growing up – i was always excited to watch this show when i was little

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  22. Emma Z.

    I remember being in my warm, childhood home and watching Sesame Street. My favorite memory has to be when my parents would read “The Monster at the End of This Book” in their Grover voices.

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  23. Carly

    Cookie Monster was always my favorite. My mom would make chocolate chip cookies and I would get to eat one when Cookie Monster came on! Great memories!

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  24. JJ

    I loved as a child and now as a mom when celebrities come on and sing songs about letters. I still remember John Denvers letter B song.

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  25. Sheena

    I remember watching Sesame Street at my granny’s house every day. It is such a find memory because we were so close. Now she is bed ridden and don’t know who I am most of the time.

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  26. Jennifer Carleton

    I always loved The Count and Oscar the Grouch watching Sesame Street in the 80’s. Gulp. Really, I’m not that old!

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  27. Colleayn Klaibourne

    Whenever I watched Sesame Street as a child, I always thought my brother reminded me ALOT of Oscar the Grouch. In fact, it became his nickname as a kid. 🙂 What a great show. I love all the characters.

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  28. Kristen

    The Song: “Oh who are the people in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood, oh who are the people in your neighborhood, the people that you meet as you’re walking down the street, the people that you meet each day.”
    That is one of my great memories of Sesame Street.

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  29. Lauda

    My favorite memory is watching Seasame Street with my oldest son on my lap while pregnant for number two daughter. He lived Oscar The Grouch, and my favorite character was Big Bird.

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  30. sue

    Loved Big Bird being so happy, Oscar the Grouch, Bert & Ernie, The Count … I could go on and on but we tended to nickname our children after some of the characters depending upon their mood.

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  31. Nicole

    My oldest had terrible colic at 4 months old. Music was one of the only things that calmed him. I created a YouTube playlist of Sesame Street songs which I would play on loop for him. Most of those songs were kid-versions of adult songs. To this day I only know the lyrics to the Sesame Street version of Jason Mraz’s song, “I’m Yours.”

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  32. Sheila

    My memory – sitting with my children when they were little singing 1-10 in Spanish!! I still sing that song when I need to know a number in Spanish! LOL

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  33. Renae Snider

    I loved Snuffalupagus and would watch hoping he would be on… I thought he was magical and I was fascinated with his eyelashes!

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  34. Charlene Carr

    Basically all things Cookie Monster. I LOVED Cookie Monster. But Oscar the Grouch was pretty special too. A complex and well thought out character!

    Oh, wupps, I’m Canadian, not eligible, I’ll leave my comment anyway. 🙂

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  35. Renae Snider

    Ernie singing “Rubber Ducky” is a favorite memory. I even had a little 45 record with the song that I’d play over and over.

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  36. Amy Tracy-Salgado

    Oops! I forgot one:

    “A loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick of butter.”

    This was my absolute favorite.

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  37. Adele

    My favorite Sesame Street memory is of Cookie Monster climbing out of the trash can and saying how much he loves cookies!!

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  38. Amy

    I remember having a beloved cookie monster stuffed toy that was my companion at every pretend tea party I created as a little child. Of course, cookies were always on the menu, and I always fed Cookie Monster first! 🙂

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  39. Kellie Metzker

    I loved Sesame Street growing up and loved sitting with my littles to watch it. We loved Suffeluffagus and Big Bird!

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  40. Renee Pyles

    I think my favorite character on Sesame Street was Snuffleupagus the stuffy nosed sounding mammoth elephant. I remember counting numbers with Count Dracula. Bert and Ernie being the Odd Couple of Sesame Street. My favorite memory was just the inter-mingling of adult humans and kids with Sesame Street characters – living in the neighborhood. I am 47 years old but I still remember watching Sesame Street when I was little. Keep on Sesame Street. We definitely need You.

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  41. Jacqueline Griffin

    One of my favorites from Sesame Street is when Miss Piggy is ordering at a hamburger drive through. She orders a humongous burger, with a pink balloon, and then sees herself in a clip and thinks she’s on a wide screen. She rushes and cancels her order and orders a salad with water…it was so cute!

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  42. Claudia B.

    I remember that numbers song/cartoon where the marble travels through different areas of a pinball machine and the song counts from 1 – 12. And now I have the song stuck in my head…! 🙂

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  43. joyce

    I have soooo many memories from that show. One classic memory that stands out is when Ernie answers the question of phone, has a detailed where he’s really responding to the ebbs and flows of the input of the the other person….hangs up the phone… Bernie asks who it was. To which Ernie casually replies much to the confusion of Bert – oh they had the wrong number…. 😊

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  44. Ali Kamas

    Oscar the grouch….I remember when my brother and I were in a foul mood our Mom would call us Oscar the Grouch and we would immediately change our tune. We didn’t want to be associated with a monster living in a trash can.

    I am 45 and still remember the characters and guests that would appear on each episode from my early youth.

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  45. Kat

    My favorite memory is listening to my daughter reciting every word from Elmo in grouch land in the car when we went anywhere!

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  46. Stephanie

    I always liked the Count and the “Count Song” he would sing. Oscar the Grouch was always funny in his own grouchy way too!

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  47. Jonelle

    Hard to decide which favorite memory I cherish from Sesame Street… My favorite character is Grover among others (Zoe, Abby, and so on.) Super Grover is so hilarious! I better watch it with my lil’ boy this afternoon because it’s been a while due to busy holiday schedule. Oh, Maria is sorely missed :'(

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  48. Linda C.

    When I was small we lived in Japan and the only show in English was Sesame Street. My parents used to invite people over, yes adults, to watch the show.

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