Elmo is Coming to HBO!

Like most kids, my son LOVES Elmo.

toddler hugging 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!

two elmo smoothie bowls

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


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


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.

assembling elmo smoothie bowl

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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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Sesame Street on HBO, but as always, all opinions (and smoothie bowls!) are my own. 

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Kristy E.

My favorite Sesame Street memory is counting with Cookie Monster!

Kristy E.

My favorite Sesame Street memory is counting with Cookie Monster!

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…! 🙂


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…. ?

Jerry Marquardt

My favorite Sesame Street memory is when I used to watch Big Bird with my great nieces in the mid-90’s.

Deb Neulander

Elmo sad 🙁

erica best

seeing my niece have fun a sesame st live

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.


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


I always liked the Count and the “Count Song” he would sing. Oscar the Grouch was always funny too!


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

Tabathia B

My daughter getting excited watching older elmo teaching segments with his fish

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com


I will always remember the rubber ducky bathtub song with Ernie. hahahaha


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 :'(

Stephanie Phelps

I just remember my mom would let us watch it and only it and we loved it!


Awesome, it really looks like him 🙂

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.


My favorite Sesame Street memory is going to Sesame Street Live when I was young and going to see Big Bird

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