Like most kids, my son LOVES Elmo.
I grew up watching Sesame Street as well, and 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 help my son enjoy his smoothies even more, it’s fun to make his 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. 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!