Many of our readers write-in to say that they have trouble getting their kids interested in eating plant-based foods on a regular basis. I don’t have kids of my own, but I can totally sympathize with the challenge. How can we get kids excited about healthy, organic, plant-based foods when they’re surrounded by endless quantities of junk food and advertisements that encourage them to eat them?
We recently found a recipe on the Fork and Beans blog that we thought would be perfect for introducing more plant-based foods into your child’s everyday diet. With her inventive smoothie bowls, Cara Ansis hits the nail on the head when it comes to creating food for kids that’s both tasty and fun, while also ensuring that they’re meeting their daily nutritional needs.
Photo credit: Cara Ansis
Smoothie bowls are jam-packed with an abundance of fresh fruits and are often accompanied by plant-based yogurt and plant-based milk, which you can either pick up from your local natural foods store or make on your own if you have the right kitchen tools.
If you’ve never made a smoothie bowl, this recipe may look a little intimidating. However, being that prep time is only a few minutes from beginning to end, just about everyone will have the time to quickly put one together, even as a last minute snack when the kids are hungry and reaching for something unhealthy. It’s really as simple as blending together a few ingredients, spooning the blended mixture into a couple of bowls, and putting some fresh fruit on top.
The next time you’re left wondering what to make for your kids who don’t seem to eat anything you make, we hope you’ll give our smoothie bowls a try! They’re delicious enough that you may just want to make one for yourself!
Photo credit: Cara Ansis
Preparation time is 15 minutes and this recipe serves 2.
Per Cara’s recipe, you can get super-creative with this recipe and turn your smoothie bowls into creative designs like animals, rainbows, or even flowers! Using fresh fruit, the possibilities are truly endless.
Smoothie bowls are safe for kids who have allergies to nuts, soy or grains so long as you choose plant-based dairy products that don’t contain them (there are some great plant-based milks out there that are made from pea protein). We hope you and your kids will enjoy these awesome smoothie bowls, courtesy of Cara Ansis of Fork and Beans!
Smoothie Bowls Kids Will Love (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
1 c. frozen berries of choice
1 frozen banana
½ c. plant-based yogurt
3 Tbsp. plant-based milk, homemade or store-bought
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
For the Owl:
2 kiwi slices, for the eyes
1 banana slices, for the eyes
2 blueberries, for the eyes
2 strawberry slices, for the wings
2 kiwi slices, cut into triangles for the feathers
1 mandarin slice, cut in half, for the beak
For the Rainbow:
2 strawberries, chopped
10 mandarin orange slices
2 kiwi slices, chopped
For the Flower:
5 strawberries, sliced
Cut up fresh fruit for topping prior to making the smoothie bowl so it's ready immediately.
Throw the smoothie bowl ingredients into a high speed blender and mix until smooth. You might need to stop, mix with a wooden spoon (or shake up), and then blend again because the consistency will be very thick.
Matt Jager is a wellness activist, yogi and co-founder of True Wellth. His life mission is to transform the healthcare and food system in this country, so that every single person has access to the tools and support they need to look and feel their best, control their health, own their happiness and revolutionize their well-being.