More often than not, my kids barely have time to get dressed in the morning—much less eat breakfast. So for a while I made milkshakes, but then I began to think how little nutritional value my ice-cream shakes (yikes!) had, and I soon moved on to yogurt-and-fruit smoothies. No one complained. Honestly, I think they were too tired to notice.
When I finally heard about smoothie bowls, I was genuinely excited. They are sort of like smoothies, but they are more substantial and satisfy hunger longer. Kids can deck them out with crunchy granola, fresh fruit, nut butter, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, and more. Smoothie bowls are great for breakfast (or a snack); they’re quick and easy to make, delicious, and pretty. Whip one up now when colorful fruits are abundant. Here is a basic recipe. Let your kids change up smoothie bowls with other toppings you have in the house.
What You’ll Need:
For the smoothie bowl
½ frozen banana (cut into chunks before you freeze)
½ cup sliced frozen strawberries
½ cup cold milk (feel free to substitute soy or rice milk here)
1 teaspoon peanut butter (or almond butter)
For the topping
2 tablespoons granola
1 teaspoon peanut butter
½ banana, sliced
¼ cup fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or some combination)
What You’ll Do
- Let your mini chef place the frozen banana and strawberries into an electric blender.Teachable Moment: 4 Smart Reasons to Try a Smoothie Bowl
- Smoothies make it easy to get your daily fruit servings. Just throw in the fruits you like most.
- Not only that, but you can sneak some vegetables in too! Try adding spinach to a smoothie; you won’t even notice it!
- Fats get a bad rap, and it’s true not all of them are good for you. But your body needs some fat, so including a few healthy fats like milk, yogurt, or peanut butter in your smoothie can give your body a hand in digesting all the good stuff in those fruits.
- Fruit and dairy products are full of water, so a smoothie can help keep you hydrated on a hot day.
- Show your child how to add the milk and the peanut butter, secure the blender in place, and carefully replace the lid. Let her press the button. Whirl the smoothie for 30 seconds, or until smooth. Your helper can cut half a banana into slices for the topping.Teachable Moment: Smoothies: A Brief History
- Smoothies are, in some ways, older than we think. People have been mashing up fruit for a tasty drink for hundreds of years. But a few key inventions in the 20th century made the modern smoothie craze possible.
- Refrigerators became a common household appliance in the 1930s, meaning people could keep cold foods at home, like milk and fruit. Frozen foods had just taken off too.
- Blenders made their debut around the same time, taking the hard work out of slicing, dicing, and mashing. It was a match made in heaven!
- Smoothies taste good, and they’re really good for you. When it comes to basic nutrition, smoothies have you covered.
- Transfer the smoothie into a bowl. Let your helper sprinkle on the granola. She can also spoon on the peanut butter. Finally, let her arrange the banana slices and the berries on top of the smoothie bowl. Grab a spoon, dig in, and enjoy!