Tips to Maintaining a Healthy, Plant-Based Diet with Kids
Judd & Nichol
Jul 11, 2020
One of the best things about having a family is watching your kids grow up to be their own people. Every day is like a new adventure as they discover their talents, hobbies, likes, and dislikes. Unfortunately, when everyone has different tastes, there’s bound to be some argument come mealtime, especially when vegan food is brought to the table.
As a parent, you want to make sure your kids are eating as many healthy meals as possible. Luckily, there are tons of vegan recipes that you can make, alter, and serve that will satisfy the whole family! Yep, even the carnivores.
If you want to know how to maintain a healthy, plant-based diet with kids, here are a few tips for you:
Don’t rely too heavily on faux meat
In the vegan world, the advances in the faux meat industry have been incredible for vegans and animals all over the world. However, kids might not have the same appreciation for a faux beef patty or soy chicken strips. Instead, use meaty vegetables to bulk up your plates! You can sneak some vegan eating into your meals with some well-seasoned cauliflower, potatoes, or mushrooms.
Stock the house with vegan snacks
It can be all too easy to reach for the kid’s nacho cheese Doritos or grab a granola bar with evaporated milk hiding inside. Beat yourself to it by stocking up the pantry with vegan-friendly snacks. If your kids can’t live without their favorite tasty treats, consider having a separate cabinet that exclusively has vegan snacks in it! That way, you’re never tempted by their junk food.
Cook vegan recipes that will shock the kids
There are probably tons of meals that your kids have eaten that were vegan and they didn’t even know it! Capitalize on these meals and they won’t even miss meat, eggs, and dairy. There are tons of vegan recipes for pasta dishes, soups, and rice bowls that will be so hearty, every belly will be satisfied!
Pro tip: Mexican dishes are super easy to vegan-ize. Just swap the meat for beans and omit any cheese and sour cream!
Allow for customization
Planning vegan meals for your family might make them feel like they’re losing some of the control in the house. In order to keep everyone happy and enjoying the food that they’re eating, plan meals that can be easily customized. For example, at breakfast time, maybe everyone can make their own, custom smoothie bowls. If there are non-vegans in the house, you might want to keep some of their favorite toppings or condiments, so they feel included during mealtime, too.
While vegan eating is of utmost importance, the plant-based meals don’t mean anything if you don’t feel good while eating them. Don’t worry if there are small slip ups and try to have patience with your family as they navigate through a vegan home. Change is good but it isn’t always easy!If you need help with family-friendly vegan recipes, or need more advice on vegan eating, there are tons of resources on our website. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, send us a message and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.