Fun with Food and Beanie’s Smoothie Recipe

Last week, my brother and his girlfriend stayed with us, much to everyone’s delight. As Crevette (6 years 4 months) and Beanie (4 years 3 months) were getting restless on Friday afternoon, I decided to give them a challenge. They love getting involved in the kitchen and I find it important to encourage them to experiment with different flavours and textures so they do not become fussy.

I put a lot fruit on the table and told them they would be taking part in a competition. They could use any of the fruit in front of them to create their own smoothie recipe. Once made, we would taste them and I would publish the best one on my blog.

Fruit

Excitement was palpable as they started choosing ingredients for their vitamin-filled drinks. Crevette wrote his recipe himself, and I wrote on behalf of Beanie.

Fun with Food - Writing a Smoothie Recipe

After that, they prepped their fruit, peeling,

Fun with Food - Peeling a Satsuma

coring and chopping with their child friendly knives.

Fun with Food - Cutting Bananas

Beanie had lots of fun using some plastic animals to take her fruit slices to our Vitamix blender bowl.

Fun With Food - Camel Carrying Grape

It took ages but she really enjoyed herself!

Fun With Food - Animals Taking the Fruit to the Vitamix

The elephant did a good job, too!

Fun with Food - Elephant Putting Banana Slice in the Blender Bowl

So that they would not be tempted to vote for their own smoothie, I put the fruity liquid in two glasses, one with a red straw, and the other with a black one. Everyone voted for the black straw, Beanie’s.

Smoothie

Here is her recipe:

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Beanie’s Smoothie

Servings 300 ml

Ingredients

  • 17 grapes
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 banana
  • 1 satsuma peeled
  • 3 small pieces of pineapple
  • 1 small piece of apple
  • 4 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Blend and enjoy straight away!

Crevette was incredibly disappointed but after a good chat, he came up with ways he would improve his smoothie should he make it again. He would peel the oranges and reduce the quantities (his made a litre of smoothie!).

The following day, as I was shopping, I spotted discounted strawberries and cherries. Although they are out of season, the offer was too good to resist and I thought the little ones could make smoothies again. This time, Crevette’s one was deemed the best, by one vote.

My little man is always really sensible when helping in the kitchen. He is aware that he must not go anywhere near the oven, hob or sharp knives, and he generally tries not to be too messy.

When I told him I had downloaded a new app that for him to play with food virtually on my iPad this morning, he was delighted! He used Toca Kitchen 2 for just over half an hour and loved every minute of it! The app lets you choose a character. You can take what you want out of the fridge and feed them. You can also prep the food by chopping it, cooking it, blending it or boiling it. The game is intuitive and Crevette figured out what he could do within less than a minute.

To start with, Crevette chose to chop carrots and he had fun getting the slices to fly around the kitchen before feeding them to a girl. He then boiled bread, made pear and pineapple smoothie. He enjoyed trying to feed the characters odd concoctions and when one of them started sneezing, Crevette wondered whether the man might be allergic to one of the ingredients he used in his blended roast chicken.

Being allowed to do weird things in the virtual kitchen really appealed to Crevette, and he particularly enjoyed tricking the characters into eating something they did not like. If they refused to eat them in their raw form, he was chopping, cooking, blending and offering them again, always successfully. He tried generating a reaction, and causing spitting out, burps or a disgusted face.

Crevette absolutely loved the game. As a parent, I think there should be incentives, such as a limited amount of food in the fridge, and a points system to refill it as they complete tasks increasing in difficulty. In my view, the app could also be improved further by being educational as well as entertaining. Children could be given tasks such as making a roast, a curry or a smoothie and earn credit to allow them to move on to the next recipe or to a fun game.

If you want some inspiration to have fun with children in the kitchen, have a look at Toca Boca‘s recipes.

This post is sponsored by Toca Boca and Tots100.

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12 Comments

  1. 24/12/2014 / 11:19 am

    Beautiful pics! Lovely to see children having healthy fun in the kitchen. It was so sweet, I shared it on Facebook and Twitter.

    • 24/12/2014 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks, Brynn. That is so kind of you! I considered not putting so many photos in one post, but in the end, I wanted them all there!

  2. 26/12/2014 / 10:38 am

    Great recipe and great to get the kids involved with food and teaching them to be more healthy is amazing. Can’t wait till mine are just a little older and can do more in the kitchen with me. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me and the continual linky support for 2014! Hope to see you again in the new year. Happy Holidays! #sharewithme

    • 26/12/2014 / 6:09 pm

      Enjoy the festive season, too, hun. x

  3. 26/12/2014 / 1:19 pm

    Awwwww I loved the picture of the animals carrying all of the fruit to the blender. It’s lucky you weren’t in a hurry to make the smoothies!! You made me smile saying about Crevette peeling the oranges too.

    It’s so much fun cooking with the little ones isn’t it?

    • 26/12/2014 / 6:33 pm

      It took forever, but she was pleased with herself, bless her! I really enjoy spending time in the kitchen with my little monkeys. x

  4. 26/12/2014 / 7:51 pm

    My son love anything Toca! I love that glasses too.

    We have been staying inside the house cuz of the rain and maybe we can do some smoothie! I can ask my son to make one. Hey maybe I will do this tomorrow!

    Merry Christmas!

    #sharewithme

    • 26/12/2014 / 9:34 pm

      Share his recipe if you do! I love those Kilner glasses, too!

  5. 03/01/2015 / 12:10 pm

    What a fun way to get the kids involved in the kitchen and having some of their 5 a day! Love those kids knives, where are they from? x x

    • 05/01/2015 / 5:16 pm

      They are great, aren’t they? I got them from Pampered Chef. They have two different types and we love both. x

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