By Liz Weiss, MS, RD & Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD: The Meal Makeover Moms
The all-American peanut butter and jelly sandwich has sustained our children through countless school lunches and afternoon snacks for years. PB&J is nourishing, kid pleasing, and filled with familiar flavors, so it’s always been a staple in our homes. This summer, we began work on our third book: The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook. Coloring books are wildly popular these days, so as dietitians and food bloggers, we decided to create a coloring book of our own filled with healthy recipes and corresponding whimsical food designs. Talk about a creative way to excite kids about cooking and eating right!
For the book, we partnered with our friends at the National Peanut Board to create two recipes: Peanut Power Smoothie Bowl and this one for PB&J Smoothie Bowl.
Smoothie bowls are thicker than traditional smoothies, so you can eat them with a spoon for a satisfying breakfast or snack. They’re super fun for kids to eat … and to decorate, since even the tiniest toddlers at your table can help to dress up the tops.
We hope you’ll stop by Meal Makeover Moms for your free download, but in the meantime, give our PB&J recipe a try, and be sure to print a copy of the coloring page and fill in the lines (or scribble!) with markers, colored pencils, or crayons.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie Bowl
Makes 2 to 3 Servings
1 sliced and frozen banana
½ cup 2%-fat plain Greek yogurt
½ cup red grapes
½ cup frozen strawberries
¼ cup 100% grape juice
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Peanuts, strawberries, red and green grapes
1.. Place the banana, yogurt, grapes, strawberries, grape juice, peanut butter, and chia seeds in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with your choice of optional toppings.
Per Serving (1 cup): 290 calories, 11g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 43g carbohydrate, 105mg sodium, 5g fiber, 11g protein, 50% vitamin C, 15% calcium
About The Meal Makeover Moms: Liz Weiss, MS, RDN & Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN are The Meal Makeover Moms. Together, they’re on a mission to help busy families eat a healthy diet. The dietitian duo has written three family cookbooks including No Whine with Dinner and The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook. You can find their family-pleasing recipe makeovers at Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen and listen to their bi-monthly radio podcast, Cooking with the Moms, a fun and flavorful food show on iTunes.