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Since having Everett, I've noticed a need for Reaghan to have a lot more intentional time with Jordan and I. We have been doing some more imaginative learning activities together throughout the day and cooking is a part of this at least a few times a week!
Getting my kids in the kitchen with me has always been a value, even before I had any! I talk about this in my e-cookbook, Nourished, but I get all bubbly and passionate about helping other mamas gain the confidence they need in the kitchen to hopefully pass on the love of cooking, recipes and cooking knowledge to their little ones.
This is something my dad did with me, as he took me to the grocery store and explained how to pick produce, shop prices and prep the food we bought at home. He was always giving me a taste of cheese as he made his five-cheese mac and cheese, and letting me chop and stir in the mixings. These are memories that I cherish, and want to pass on to my own kids.
Anytime Reaghan gets even a hint that I'm in the kitchen, she wants to help. I hear "helpppppp mommy!!" as she drags a chair in from the dining room. So, letting her help make this breakfast was so fun for her, and me!
I thought making a smoothie bowl with her would be so much fun. I prepped the smoothie in the blender before she woke up, and had all of the toppings ready to go for her on the kitchen table. She loves fruit and is obsessed with granola, so I made sure to incorporate those two things in the toppings. We picked up some Quaker® Real Medley's SuperGrains Granola in the blueberry pecan flavor when we were at Walmart last weekend. This flavor goes perfectly with the mango and blueberry combination in the smoothie bowl! The granola has a blend of seven super grains and seeds, fruits & nuts which provide fiber, ALA omega-3 and whole grains, giving our breakfast a nutritional boost.
We also added some raspberries, strawberries, flax seed and chia seeds. She loved getting to sprinkle on her toppings and place the berries in her smoothie bowl one by one.
This actually wasn't TOO messy of a project, but I had wipes on hand just in case ;) Reaghan was concentrating and counting her berries as she added them in, and was all smiles eating it up, begging for more granola!
Blueberry Mango Smoothie Bowl
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or any kind of milk)
- Topping ideas: Quaker® Real Medleys SuperGrain Granola, chia seeds, flax seeds, raspberries, bananas, strawberries, coconut flakes
Combine the frozen fruit and almond milk in a blender and blend. If you need a little bit more liquid to get things moving (since it's mostly frozen fruit) just add an additional 1/2 cup of milk little by little until you reach the consistency you want. You want this to be a smoothie bowl, not a smoothie drink, so you want it pretty thick.
Serve and have your kids add their own toppings and make it fun!
Mornings can be busy sometimes, and I love slowing them down and making an activity out of it for Reaghan. Seeing her interact with the world around her brings me so much joy! The Real Medley's SuperGrains Granola we used in this recipe is great for breakfast, snacks or even folding into your favorite muffin recipe to add texture and great flavor.