This post is sponsored by General Mills Cereals.
Breakfast Cereal Smoothie Bowl!! A delicious berry smoothie bowl packed with assorted frozen berries, banana, mango, almond butter, ground flaxseed and more and topped with more nutritious goodness, you’ve got to try this!
I can’t believe we are already more than halfway through the summer! Our days have been filled with playing outside, trips to the park, summer camps, family movie nights, staying up late and, of course, sleeping in late. It’s the summer, right?!
Well, if you’re a planner like me, soon it will be time to start thinking about going back-to-school and getting the kids ready. I start with their bedtime routine. During the summer, there really isn’t one. We let the kids stay up late and just enjoy it but that means there’s more work for us, mom and dad, come August. I always try to start at least two weeks before school starts.
The bedtime routine comes back into effect, the kids start to go to bed at a decent hour again and it’s better for everyone. On the first few days that I start this routine again, I actually make sure we are as active as possible. It actually helps a lot because they don’t fight me as much when going to bed earlier. Take them to the pool, or the park, or go for an extra bike ride. I just make sure to do a little more physical activity, because, think about it: if you sit around all day and let the kids just play on their iPads, they are not going to want to start getting ready for bed at 7:30pm.
Our back-to-school routine affects the whole family. My husband and I also start going to bed earlier and waking up earlier and I also start thinking about make-ahead meals for dinner, our fall schedules and activities and planning our calendar.
I’m in charge of school supplies and making sure we get to orientation and meet-the-teacher night. My husband started this tradition last year with my oldest: setting small goals for the school year. So, we discuss things that my kids want to accomplish that year, like getting better at math or listening to the teacher better. Just easy, small things. I think it just helps the kids to start thinking about the new school year.
Another thing that is super important to me is making sure my family and I have a good breakfast in the morning. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or fancy.
My tip is preparing simple, yet good-for-you breakfast recipes that fuel the new family routine. So, whether it’s an egg on toast or a waffle, avocado toast or even a bowl of cereal with milk and a banana. Make sure your fridge and pantry are stocked at the beginning of each week and you should be good to go!
My current go-to breakfast solution in the mornings is a cereal smoothie bowl. My kids and I love them because they are so easy to make (tip: you can even blend up your smoothie the night before and keep it in the fridge overnight; just the smoothie, not with the toppings) and my kids can customize their bowls with their own toppings. They get to pick what they want on top so it’s fun and super easy.
I love these cereal smoothie bowls because they are packed with nutrition. If I want my kids to have more greens that day, we make green smoothies. If they want a berry smoothie, I pack in some extra protein by adding some almond butter or, if I want them to get a little more fiber, I’ll add a little ground flaxseed meal.
For weekday mornings, I keep the toppings to a minimum and give them only 1 or 2 topping choices. My kids always go for the Honey Nut Cheerios.
General Mills Cereals is on a journey to make cereals even better*! They have been working to remove artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources from their cereals and today, more than 90% of General Mills Cereals do not use these ingredients. For delicious flavors, Cinnamon Toast Crunch uses real cinnamon, Cocoa Puffs & Reese’s Puffs use real cocoa, and Honey Nut Cheerios uses real honey. For colors, Trix and Fruity Cheerios use extract from blueberries, purple carrots and turmeric.
Their Big G cereals contain more whole grain than any other ingredient and have the vitamins and minerals kids and parents need, like vitamin D and calcium.
So, here’s to another great school year and I hope you try my Breakfast Cereal Smoothie Bowls!
Tips for parents: get everything ready the night before, like your child’s homework folder, backpack and lunch so you’re not rushing around in the morning and I like to wake up at least 30 to 45 minutes before my kids so I can have some coffee and relax a little before getting the kids up and ready for school.
*Kids who eat cereal are more likely to meet daily requirements for key nutrients. Eating breakfast has been shown to help with school performance in kids. At breakfast, cereal is the number one source of key vitamins and minerals like vitamin D and calcium. – From General Mills
Breakfast Cereal Smoothie Bowl
For the smoothie bowl:
- 1 to 2 cups assorted frozen berries like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt
- 1 ½ cups almond milk + more if needed
- 1 to 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 to 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed meal optional
- Fresh berries sliced
- Hemp seeds optional
- Honey Nut Cheerios
- Sliced almonds
- Place frozen fruit into your blender, top with the yogurt, almond milk, almond butter and flaxseed meal. Place lid on blender and blend until smooth. Pour into bowls and top with suggested toppings.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with General Mills Cereals. All opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for supporting me in working with the brands and products that I use, love and feed to my children.