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

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.

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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Comments

Kerry

I remember loving Mr. Snuffleupagus – I think because I liked saying his name!

Tina m

My favorite Sesame Street memory was watching it with my son and we danced together.

CR Williams

My fave was when india arie came on the show

BusyWorkingMama

I do not have a memory as I didn’t watch it when I was little, but I do remember my much younger sister watching it as a child.

Faith Jacklyn

Yes! Watching Sesame Street with all my little friends at a birthday party one year!

amanda sakovitz

i loved watching elmo

Yvonne

My favorite memory is just boding with my brother and cousins when we all gathered together to watch it 🙂

Erika

I still remember lots of the songs they sang. My kids love the show, too.
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Sarah

Such a cute smoothie bowl! I remember watching sesame street with my sister ?

Cynthia C

I remember watching Sesame Street with my kids and singing along to the songs with them.

Rebecca Graham

I remmber watching Big Bird. He was my favorite.

sherri crawford

not really a specific one but love the count ha ha ha

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…

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!

Angel Jacklyn

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

Shawn Gallagher

Honest. All I can remember is Big Bird freaking me out =(

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.

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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

Julie Wood

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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!

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. 🙁

    Megan Gilmore

    It will be available later on public broadcasting, too!

heather

My favorite Sesame Street character when I was growing up was Big Bird still love him.

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!

Alia Vo

I remember watching Sesame Street with my younger sister and singing along to all of the songs on the show! xx

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!

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.

Lisa Brown

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Lisa Brown

my favorite sesame street memories were watching sesame street at my grandparent’s home.

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.

Jessie C.

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Jessie C.

My favorite Sesame Street memory is watching the TV show with my sisters.
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Elena

My favorite memory is when my son watched Sesame Street for the first time. He was so excited.

Kelly D

Yes, I remember taking my son to meet Elmo when he was 2. He kept hugging him and was so happy.

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!

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!

Mami2jcn

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Mami2jcn

I loved watching Big Bird.

paige c

I loved the laughing elmo i got for christmas one year! I liked cookie monster a lot too 🙂

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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