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Raising a Vegan Household: How to Build Your Kids’ Healthy Habits and 24 Recipes They Will Devour!

If you are raising kids in a vegan household—

We raise our hats to you! 

Raising children on a plant-based diet is a great way to instill healthy eating habits and a compassionate mindset that will prepare them for the rest of their lives. 

That being said…

It is no simple task to find recipes that are healthy, convenient to make, and that your kids will love. 

It seems like every option for kids is packed with yucky things like

sugar, 

additives, 

and way too much sodium. 

However...

many moms and dads don’t have the time to prepare homemade and complex recipes during their day. 

Luckily, there are recipes out there that will give the kids the nutrition they need—

And that they will actually enjoy. 

If you are in search of tips and tricks for raising a vegan household, then keep reading!

Here’s what we’ll be covering: 

  • Vegan Kids: The Amazing Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
  • Building Habits: How to Engage Your Kids in Healthy Choices
  • 24 Healthy and Tasty Vegan Recipes That Your Kids Will Love

Let’s get started! 

Vegan Kids: The Amazing Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

While many people transition to being vegan in their adult life—

More families than ever before are raising their kids with a vegan diet!

But hey, we get it-

Sometimes it may feel like you are the only parent raising your kids with a plant-based lifestyle. 

You’ll be glad to know that you’re not alone... 

1 in 12 families is focusing on the same thing that you are! 

While there are several compelling reasons to raise your children with a vegan lifestyle— 

The number one reason for most families is because they believe it is the healthiest option for their growing kids! 

Here are some of the health advantages of raising your kids on a vegan diet: 

After viewing the compelling health advantages—

It’s no wonder that parents want to raise their children in the healthiest way possible! 

Vegan Food Options for Your Child

When it comes to establishing a plant-based diet with your child, it starts from infancy. 

Fortunately— 

Many foods that infants and toddlers eat are naturally vegan! 

Mashed bananas, pureed vegetables, apple sauce, and more are all amazing options for your newborn. 

By about 8 months when more solid foods are introduced, you can start introducing your child to the following options

  • Fortified dry cereal
  • Cooked and mashed beans
  • Tofu

When children reach about one year and up, 

that is when it may feel more difficult to keep your child on a plant-based diet. 

From super sugary cereals, 

to quick dinners like chicken nuggets and fish sticks, 

to animal-derived milks... 

all of these foods and more are heavily advertised and geared towards young children. 

But don’t worry!

It is 100% possible to steer clear of these options and focus on healthy plant-based foods for your child. 

Here are a few things that will help you: 

Read Vegan Parenting Blogs: 

One of the beautiful things about the internet is that you can find a vegan parenting community that is supportive!

Hopping on and reading from other moms and dads that are keeping it real about raising a vegan household will help you learn from their mistakes— 

And feel confident in your family choices. 

Meal Prep: 

Establishing a meal routine that works for you is going to be an integral part of raising a healthy household. 

Once you find your routine and the meals that your kids love, 

stick to it by creating a meal plan! 

If you can set aside time once a week to premake your meals, you won’t get caught in a spot where you don’t have time to prepare a healthy meal. 

Meal prep will take 4-6 hours of focused time on one day— 

But it ends up saving you time (and money) throughout the school week! 

Help Your Child Build Healthy Habits: 

As a parent, you are constantly helping your child learn how to make healthy, responsible decisions.

This goal affects how you help your child with school, activities, social interactions—

And it makes sense to extend this skill into the realm of their health! 

Have conversations with your children about food and how they can make choices to nourish their bodies. 

As they grow from small children into teenagers, this will help them make positive choices. 

The Reward: 

Although raising healthy kids may be challenging—

It is also the most fun and rewarding job in the world. 

Helping your children make healthy eating choices can help them with the following, especially in their teenage years

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Lower their chances of acne and other skin irritations
  • Lower their risk of developing allergies
  • Less chance of gastrointestinal issues

Since being a teenager is tough enough— 

You can help minimize any unnecessary challenges that may arise due to an unhealthy diet. 

Building Habits: How to Engage Your Kids in Healthy Choices

When kids are infants, toddlers, and young children—

It is up to you to prepare their meals and make the food decisions for the family. 

However, as your children grow, 

you can help build the foundation for healthy eating habits by using the following techniques: 

Educate Your Children About Nutrition: 

Kids are like little sponges that absorb all of the information around them!

Use this amazing ability as a chance to educate them about the food on their plate. 

Here are a few resources you can use to easily transfer this knowledge to them: 

  • The Whole Food Plant-Based Pyramid: Do you remember learning about the food pyramid in school? Use this WFPB pyramid to help them learn about the important food groups and portions they need! 
  • Eat the Rainbow: This vegan nutrition resource couldn’t be more kid-friendly! It helps your kids learn about vegan nutrition by eating the rainbow every day. 
  • Read With Them: There are actually children’s books that go over some vegan themes with kids! Incorporate reading these books into your nighttime reading kid to deepen your child’s relationship with veganism. This time can be an opportunity for your children to ask questions related to food and veganism. Here are the best books to try out

Involve Your Kids in Cooking: 

Hands-on learning is another great method to teach your children about healthy food choices. 

Cooking with your kids has so many benefits, it’s hard to keep track of. 

Here are just a few: 

  • It’s super fun! If you are seeking engaging activities to involve your kids in, look no further than the kitchen. Cooking with your child is a way to pass on your family traditions and bond with them. 
  • Cooking helps kids build self-esteem. Giving your child responsibility in the kitchen and enabling them to confidently use tools in the kitchen will help their self-image bloom! 
  • It helps develop fine-motor skills. Using a kitchen knife, scissors, and getting their hands dirty can help children develop their fine-motor skills. 
  • It also helps with reading, math, and science. When you think about it, reading and following a recipe is an activity that engages tons of different skills. Make it an educational opportunity from start to finish! 

It’s never too early to engage your kids in making food choices.

In fact— 

Eating habits and preferences are established when children are as young as 1-2 years old. 

Establish a healthy plant-based diet from a young age. 

You and your family will reap the benefits for years to come! 

Toddler Approved Kale Fruit Smoothie from Madison of A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

24 Healthy and Tasty Vegan Recipes That Your Kids Will Love

Now you know the incredible benefits of raising your family on a whole foods plant-based diet—

And the tips and tricks to maintain it. 

All that’s left is mastering a few vegan recipes that your entire family will love! 

Vegan Breakfast Recipes: 

Waking up your kids, getting them dressed, and making sure their teeth are brushed are all monumental tasks for the morning!

To make mornings run smoothly, here is a list of simple and nutritious recipes that your kids will devour. 

  1. These super-sweet blueberry, banana, and cinnamon pancakes by North South Blonde are vegan, gluten-free, and paleo.
  2. Muffins are perfect to meal prep ahead of time and then serve up in the mornings. These strawberry banana blender muffins by Happy Healthy Mama are perfect for busy days! 
  3. Rainbow pancake tacos anyone? This recipe by Fork and Beans is a home run when it comes to simple and nutritious breakfast ideas for kids. 
  4. Strength and Sunshine has concocted the perfect breakfast for selective eaters with this gluten-free cinnamon french toast bite recipe. 
  5. When in doubt, smoothie it out! For the pickiest of eaters, hide vegetables like spinach in kale in their electric green morning smoothie. This apple sauce and kale fruit smoothie recipe by Joyfully Mad is toddler-approved. 

Healthy Snacks for Kids: 

Kids have smaller stomachs and actually need to eat more often than us to feel full throughout the day! 

Fuel them up with these healthy snack recipes: 

  1. Natalie Tamara uses filling whole grains in this “caramel” oat bite recipe. Yum! 
  2. For a more savory snack idea, try out this carrot hummus with toasted paprika chips recipe by Baby Foode. 
  3. These zucchini fries by Plant-Based and Broke have that salty goodness your kids want, while still being nourishing. 
  4. It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken hits it out of the park with this yummy and kid-friendly carrot finger recipe
  5. For the perfect on-the-go snack, look no further than these “cheese” and onion roasted chickpeas by A Virtual Vegan. 
  6. Your kids will love this delicious peanut butter and jelly chia seed pudding by Wholesome Crumbs. 

4 Ingredient Broccoli Tater Tots from Izzy of She Likes Food

School Lunch Ideas: 

Kids are using up energy all day long! 

You can help them maintain their energy levels healthily by preparing these nutritious lunches for them to enjoy: 

  1. This broccoli tater tot recipe by She Likes Food is so easy it will have you thinking, “why didn’t I think of that?” 
  2. A twist on the old classic, this peanut butter jam banana bites recipe by The Green Loot is healthy and perfect for picky eaters. 
  3. Forget about chicken nuggets, these oven-baked crispy tofu nuggets by Plant-Based and Brooke keep out the preservatives and high sodium count. 
  4. Who doesn’t love a quesadilla? This vegan loaded quesadilla is gluten-free and impossibly tasty. 
  5. Little hands will love pulling apart this vegan pizza bread and eating it up! 
  6. Forks and Knives has the perfect kid-friendly and high-protein lunch with this quick black bean tostada recipe
  7. Pop this vegan chickpea noodle soup recipe by Wholesome Crumbs in a thermos for the best school lunch!

Family Friendly Dinner Recipes: 

Dinner is a time for the entire family to come together and enjoy a meal! 

Here are some recipes that the whole family will enjoy: 

  1. Baked vegan corn dogs by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken are the perfect treat to enjoy after a long day. 
  2. Comfort food like stovetop mac and “cheese” is a timeless classic that everyone can enjoy. 
  3. Okay, this recipe is perfect for young children. This homemade gluten-free spaghetti-o recipe by Strength and Sunshine is simple and tasty. 
  4. This vegan burger wrap recipe by Forks Over Knives only has 5 ingredients! 
  5. Sloppy Joe’s are a classic for a reason. They are full of protein and kids absolutely love them! Check out this recipe by Tinned Tomatoes for the best vegan version. 
  6. The Cheeky Chickpea has created the perfect non-hamburger hamburger helper recipe that is perfect for the whole family. 

Raising a Vegan Household: Happy and Healthy Kids

Now you know everything you need to raise your kids on a healthy vegan diet like a pro! 

Eating healthy doesn’t need to be a chore or overly challenging—

With the right tools, mindset, and preparation... 

you can engage your whole family in making smart food choices and eating up recipes that are both healthy and delicious! 

Are you interested in learning more about the vegan lifestyle? 

Then be sure to check out our guide to vegan grocery shopping

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