It’s not always easy to get kids to try new foods. That’s why we created our newest series, “Eat Like An Animal.” This series encourages children to try the diets of their favorite zoo animals, which are often loaded with nutritious produce items. It’s our sneaky little way to “panda” to the picky eaters out there.
We started the series with the Mighty Brown Bear and today we’re sharing a meal that is red panda approved! If you’re feeling a little bamboozled about what to feed your pack, this recipe is for you.
Eat like a red panda
Red pandas are native to Asia’s high forests. They are excellent climbers and spend most of their time foraging for food (that sounds a lot like our little ones at home, amirite?).
In the wild, they are voracious bamboo eaters, chowing down on up to 20 to 30% of their body weight every day! Additionally, red pandas will snack on flowers, berries, acorns, and opportunistically eggs, birds and small mammals.
In the wild they eat mostly bamboo, but they will snack on flowers, berries, acorns, and opportunistically eggs, birds, and small mammals.
Red pandas aren’t the only mammals who love variety in their meals. That’s why we often include a wide range of textures, tastes, and treats in our recipes like the one below.
At the zoo, red pandas are fed a diet of bamboo, cherries, figs, plums, and eggs. They also enjoy bananas, apples, acorns, and other greens from time to time.
For our red panda meal, we created a ramen dish that features their favorite treat: bamboo! It also includes green onions and baby bok choy. We’ve topped all this off with a panda-sized portion of protein with soft-boiled eggs and grilled chicken breast.
The side salad is a sweet treat with figs and plums. Crumbled goat cheese and a drizzle of Sweet Cherry Vinaigrette really completes the dish! If red pandas knew how to use a salad fork, they’d be starting every meal with it!
How to make a red panda dinner
Let’s get this red panda party started! Follow the steps for each part of the recipe below.
We’d love to hear what your pack thinks of this recipe. Tell us how your red panda-inspired meal went in the comments below or tag us in your dinner photos on Instagram @theproducemoms.
Thanks to the Indianapolis Zoo for sharing their red panda diets with us.