The kids will love this healthy and delicious breakfast!
What a fun way to get your kids the vitamins and nutrients they need! Seriously, I don’t think I’ve met a kid that doesn’t love smoothie bowls. You might have to change up the ingredients, but you’ll usually find a combination that works for everyone. The part that makes these kid-friendly smoothie bowls so wonderful is the toppings. Kids get to customize their bowls with whatever toppings they want. They can use different colors and make different designs (such as a happy face) and much more.
What Makes It a Smoothie Bowl?
The short answer: it’s not that much different than a regular smoothie. The only difference is that you put the smoothie in a bowl and add toppings. This gives the smoothies some more body. You also have to eat it with a spoon, which makes it more of a sit-down meal. In contrast, a regular smoothie is more of a grab-and-go snack that you can drink with a straw. Kids usually prefer smoothie bowls because they’re more interactive and fun.
When Did this Smoothie Bowl Trend Start?
The popularity of the smoothie bowl started when cafes and breakfast places jumped on the acai bowl trend. Once people on Instagram started posting acai bowls for all their followers to see, the trend just steamrolled from there. And while acai bowls are certainly colorful, delicious, and healthy—they’re also expensive. What makes them pricey is where they’re from. They’re basically dark purple berries from South America that grow on Acai palms. After harvesting, processing, and shipping, the price can really skyrocket.
We Love Kid-Friendly Smoothie Bowls!
With these smoothie bowls, you get all the delicious flavors of an acai bowl without breaking the bank. Strawberries, blueberries, and bananas are much more affordable than acai berries—and just as tasty if you ask me! Add in some milk and nutritious chia seeds, and you have a super healthy meal substitute or snack that every kid and adult can enjoy.
What makes chia seeds so healthy? I’m glad you asked! Chia seeds are loaded with nutrients backed by science to benefit your body and brain. They include a great source of protein, fiber, omega-3 fats, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus—so many nutrients in such a small seed! Plus, they’re non-GMO, gluten-free, and whole-grain food. The ancient Mayans would consume chia seeds for energy—chia means “strength” in the Mayan language.
Smoothie Bowl Variations
If you don’t have these ingredients in your cupboard, fridge, or fruit bowl, don’t worry about it. You can use granola, chocolate chips, sprinkles, kiwis, or blackberries for toppings. For your smoothies, you can even use Greek yogurt, honey, mango, pineapple, orange juice, or whatever you have handy. Just be aware of the sugar content for the ingredients that aren’t fruit. Also, try to freeze your fresh fruit or buy frozen fruit so that your smoothies are nice and cold. However, you can add ice if you need to.
Kid-Friendly Smoothie Bowls
For the Smoothie
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 frozen banana small
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup fruit of your choice raspberries, blueberries, etc
- 1/3 cup granola
- Place the smoothie ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide the smoothies among two bowls. Then allow your kids to choose their own toppings for their bowls.
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