Kid-Friendly Game Day Chocolate Smoothie
It's that time of year again, and football is in the air! I will freely admit to you that I take much more interest in the event of having a Super Bowl party and the commercials than the actual game itself. If you're hosting there are the food and drinks to prepare, house to clean, comfy chairs and hang-out areas to prep, and whatever other traditions you have in your family.
With my own kids, and also if there are other kids coming, I like to put some extra effort into getting food and games ready beforehand to keep them entertained. Why you say? One, most people do want to watch the game and don't want the four-year-old begging them to go play dinosaurs in the other room. Two, as a child I remember going to my parents' friends' houses in the late 80's to watch the Broncos lose. I clearly recall being so bored (and everyone else being so depressed) I spent the games doodling pictures on scraps of paper and counting M&Ms. Of course, I also had time to imagine what it would be like to see a football game played with one team in cowboy getup and another in dolphin costume.
Would you like a fun and healthier game day treat for kids?
We all know, and generally celebrate the fact our Super Bowl snacks are not always the healthiest. There must be dips and chips, little sausages in barbecue sauce or crescent rolls, all sorts of sliders, cookies, candies, and more! Kids often have sensitive stomachs to these sorts of foods, so that's why I jump in with my fruit and veggie trays and offer this fabulous dairy-free, Kid-Friendly Game Day Smoothie in a clear plastic cup decorated to look like a football.
Kids love the novelty of the decoration on the cup, the fact they get to use fun colored straws, and of course because it's CHOCOLATE! I suggest using a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix, Breville Boss, or other similar option. However, you could process this smoothie perfectly well in a regular blender, I would just use creamy peanut butter and chop up the banana in small pieces before you freeze it.
Try the Game Day Chocolate Smoothie
Start by adding one cup of almond milk to the blender. Add the vanilla, peanut butter, honey, and cocoa powder and blend slowly turning the power to high for about 15 seconds. Once that's together add your frozen banana and ice and blend until the banana's incorporated. I use the tamper on my high-powered blender to push the banana down into the blades, but if yours does not have a tamper just chop the banana up into bite-size pieces before freezing.
Blend until smooth (about 20-30 seconds) and pour out into 2 cups. Place a festive straw in each and enjoy!
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp raw unfiltered honey
1 frozen banana
3-4 ice cubes
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Enjoy the Super Bowl, and may your team triumph!
Definitely celebrate the game with all your traditions. Sip a smoothie, chomp on a carrot, devour a slider, and get your fill of Uncle Jack's green chile cheesy dip. Take a second to play catch with the kids, make pom-poms in your team's colors, or play a Super Bowl commercial game. Or you could just play cards the entire time, but appreciate your friends and family. Have an awesome kid-friendly game day!
Kid-Friendly Game Day Chocolate Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter or for a nut-free version try sunflower seed butter such as this
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp raw unfiltered honey
- 1 frozen banana
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Measure and pour one cup of almond milk into the blender.
- Add the vanilla, peanut butter, honey, and cocoa powder and blend slowly turning the power to high for about 15 seconds.
- Once smooth, add your frozen banana and ice and blend until the banana is incorporated.
- Use the tamper on the blender to push the banana down into the blades. If the blender does not have a tamper chop the banana up into bite-size pieces before freezing.
- Blend until smooth (about 30-45 seconds) and pour out into 2 clear glass or plastic cups decorated as footballs.
- Finish with a festive straw in each and enjoy!
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