Are you looking for easy ways to get your kids to eat healthier so they have better focus? Check out how we set up the perfect green smoothie bowl bar! Thank you to Abbott for sponsoring this post.
It's back to school time! I can hardly believe it. Whether your kids attend school or you homeschool, I'm sure you have a lot on your plate right now! I know I do.
On top of getting ready for back to school, we're also in the process of moving. So we are all about simple, delicious, healthy meals right now – ones that we can make quickly without too much mess.
Fortunately, there are plenty of healthy meal choices that meet those criteria. With school about to start again, we've put an increased focus on what we can do to help our children have optimal health, memory and learning skills.
Did you know that a recent study from Abbott and the University of Illinois at the Center for showed that children who have higher lutein levels do better on academic exams? That's because it has been shown to enhance memory and learning (in addition to having eye health benefits).
Not only is it great for the kids and school, it's good for us parents too. Studies have shown that it may help improve cognitive function at every stage of life!
According to Matt Kuchan, PhD, a lead scientist at the global healthcare company Abbott, “Our research – from infancy to adulthood – brings to life the important role nutrition plays in helping to create strong brain connections, helping us to focus, and preserving our memories.”
If you aren't familiar with sources of lutein, you can find it in green leafy vegetables, colorful fruits, egg yolks, avocados and more. So if you eat a lot of salads and drink a lot of smoothies, you may be getting a good amount of lutein in your diet.
I talked to my girls about what types of easy meals they thought we could make that would be heavy in lutein-rich foods. Their answer – green smoothie bowls!
I love that we can cram so many healthy ingredients into one meal. And it's a lot of fun too – it's art you can eat!
Kaylee's Green Smoothie Bowl Creation
Zoë's Green Smoothie Bowl Creation
If your kiddos are scared to try green smoothies, having them try a green smoothie bowl will ease the transition because they get to top it with lots of yummy ingredients.
I'll share a list of some of the things we put out when we have a green smoothie bowl bar. Feel free to add your faves to the list!
Ready to make a lutein-packed green smoothie bowl bar for your family? Here's how to do it!
How to Set Up the Perfect Green Smoothie Bowl Bar
This recipe is for one serving. Multiple it by the number of people you'll be serving.
- 1 cup raw organic spinach
- 1 medium-sized organic banana
- 1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
Smoothie Bowl Topping Suggestions
- 1 organic apple, thinly sliced
- Organic strawberries, thinly sliced (or your favorite berries)
- Slivered nuts, such as almonds, pecans or walnuts
- Seeds, such as sunflower, chia or hemp
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Cacao Nibs
- Lay out all of the topping options. The more the merrier! I find that the more there is to choose from, the more the kids will try.
- Once you have all of your toppings ready, place the spinach, bananas, strawberries and almond milk into your blender and blend until smooth.
- Add more almond milk to thin or ice to thicken, if you'd like.
- Pour your green smoothie into bowls.
- Now this is where it gets fun! You can top your smoothie bowl with anything from the smoothie bowl bar! I love watching the kids create their works of art.
- Enjoy as a delicious breakfast, snack or light lunch!
What are your favorite toppings to add to your green smoothie bowl?
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Abbott.