When we made the decision to transition our family to a plant-based lifestyle, it was a no brainer. There was no part of me that thought that it was a bad choice. I think this was because I was OBSESSED with researching and trying new things and everything pointed towards this being a positive change for our family…including our children.
Over the last few years we have learned and experienced a lot while raising vegan kiddos. And that is what I want to share with you in the post.
If you have any questions after reading this, please share in the comments and I will make sure to respond.
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Three TIPS FOR RAISING PLANT-BASED TODDLERS
1. Get them involved in the kitchen & grocery shopping.
Even at a young age they can have a say in what fruits and vegetables they want and enjoy. They will be more likely to eat it if they participated in picking it out.
A fun way to get them involved is with a printable like the one I created here.
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRODUCE SCAVENGER HUNT SHEET – You can either use this as a shopping list (have them find and purchase items on the sheet) or simply hunt for them!
For little ones who are interested in the kitchen, this knife is a super fun option! Our oldest has loved helping in the kitchen from the time he could stand.
If your kids are older (4+), these knives are great as well.
2. Offer them more of what they like.
Is your child on a green bean kick? Then let them eat green beans!
Instead of arguing with them to have them make a different vegetable choice, offer options but ultimately, a positive relationship with fruits & vegetables in more important. Especially at a young age.
Need ideas? Check out these easy vegan toddler meal ideas.
Related: The Toddler Snack Method That Changed Everything
3. Practice what you preach.
If you turn up your nose to every vegetable under the sun, your kids will think that is an okay reaction.
I believe that it is our job as parents to encourage exploring new foods, which means we need to do it too!
Our taste buds are always changing so try a new food with your kiddo and make it a positive experience! (Even if you don’t love it)
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What top tip do you have for raising kids on a plant focused diet?
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