Like most kids, my son LOVES Elmo.
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!
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
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
Blueberry Mango Smoothie:
1 cup water, plus more if needed for blending
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen mango
3 Medjool dates, pitted
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.
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!
- Facebook: Sesame Street | HBO | HBO NOW
- Twitter: @sesamestreet | @HBO | @HBONOW
- Instagram: @sesamestreet | @HBO
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