This time of year, I turn to easy soups as a way to get more vegetables in my kids.  While they don’t always go for whole vegetables, they absolutely love my creamy colorful vegetable-based soups.  This eye-catching, vibrant carrot soup is one of their favorites.  It is quick and easy to prepare, mild in flavor, slightly sweet and ultra-creamy.  You will love the ease of making it and your children will love to dive spoon-first into their bowls.  Even picky little eaters tend to love this carrot soup.  When I made it for Riley (five years old) this week she said “Mommy? Can you please make this every day?”  Whatever gets more veggies into their growing bodies, right?

I serve the soup slightly warmed to my three- and five-year-old and at room temperature for my 16 month old.

I love that this soup offers simple, nutritious ingredients.  Carrots are low in calories and offer dietary fiber and beta-carotene.  Almonds provide plant-based protein and healthy fats.  Blended together this is one healthy soup without any refined sugars or saturated fat.

Oftentimes, parents get nervous about serving soup to children (and especially to toddlers).  I recently was sent these amazing kid-friendly bowls with a suction base from Miniware and it gives me a boost of confidence that my 16 month old won’t knock the bowl off his high chair and make a huge orange mess (because he literally cannot).  The plant-based, non-toxic bowls suction to the table or high chair making them fail-proof.  And, the suction is detachable making the bowls easy to clean, convenient to stack and able to grow with my kids once they don’t need the suction feature.

  

  

I usually don’t fill the bowl too much at a time for my 16-month-old son.  I give him one of the Miniware teething spoons and let him spoon-feed himself.  He loves the independence and I love the freedom too.  My older two girls use the Miniware bamboo fiber cutlery set.  The rounded handles are perfectly shaped for their little hands to easily grasp.  They also have an anti-slip notch which catches on the edge of the bowl to prevent the spoon from slipping into the soup and making a mess.  My kids think this is so neat.

 

Miniware tableware would make a great holiday gift for yourself or for your friends with little ones.  From now through Friday, December 14, get 20% off your total purchase using code “ELAINE20” at checkout.

    
  

This carrot soup recipe is perfect for serving in the Miniware suction bowls.  I typically serve alongside a hearty salad, wrap or grain bowl.

This carrot soup recipe is vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and kid-friendly.

If you give this recipe a try, please let me know! Leave a comment below, rate it above, and tag a photo @eatingbyelaine and #eatingbyelaine on InstagramTwitter or Facebook so I can see your creations!

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