Lola’s Beet Shake
Prep time: 10 mins (+ 2 hours freezing time)
2 bananas, frozen
1 beetroot (40g)
200ml coconut drink
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
juice of half a lime
5 scoops (vegan) ice cream
4 squares dark (vegan) chocolate
Recipe donated by Lola Mansell for Veg Power. Recipe and photography by Lola Mansell.
This is a thick and creamy vegan beet shake, great for a treat or a dessert. It looks stunning, but I bet not many people will guess what gives it this colour! You might like to try this with other liquids such as almond milk, but my favourite is coconut! I wanted to keep this recipe vegan, but you always use dairy ice cream if you prefer. Make sure you buy plain, cooked beetroot, you don’t want to use pickled beetroot in this!
Chop the frozen bananas up and put in a blender with the beetroot, coconut drink, vanilla, lime juice and a scoop of ice cream. Pour into four glasses, top each with a small scoop of ice cream, and grate a square of chocolate over each shake. Serve immediately.
Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.
Kids in the kitchen
Get the kids to break up the bananas before they go in the freezer, plus they can measure the coconut, squeeze the lime juice and measure the vanilla. They can also throw the beetroot and all the other ingredients into the blender, scoop out the ice cream to top each shake, and grate the chocolate on top.
While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.
Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.
The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.
Henry Firth & Ian Theasby (Bosh!)