3 Reasons Why We Are Raising Our Kids Vegan
A plant-based (or vegan) diet isn’t for everyone and many people think we’re CRAZY choosing to raise our kids this way.
Back when my husband and I first got married, we were both vegetarians. I had been one for over 10 years and had no interest in adding meat back into my life. One of the most common questions I would get was
“When you have kids, will you make them eat vegetarian too?”
For the longest time I was almost offended and felt the need to defend myself on my stance. But as we become parents I realized, it truly doesn’t matter what other people say or think.
We raised our first son as a vegetarian for about a year before we all decided to adopt a plant-based diet.
We decided to not only raise our kids without meat, but we chose to go 100% animal product free.
And I would never change that decision for anything.
Here are 3 reasons why we are choosing to raise our kids plant-based vegan:
Raising my children plant-based from day one means they will be less picky eaters. Their favorite foods are broccoli, avocado, peppers, bananas, quinoa…. basically EVERYTHING from plants….. they LOVE.
When you cater to a child’s wishes around food, you are setting them up to be a picky eater. If your kid likes french fries and mac & cheese so every time they “don’t like something” you make them what they want (french fries and mac and cheese) of COURSE they are going to continue to complain about the new foods.
I know many people who said growing up that their parents would make them an entirely separate meal because they were picky. And most of the time these meals would be chicken nuggets and ketchup. Now, even as adults, they are stuck on this way of eating and “hate” most vegetables. This is not how I wanted my kids to be raised. So we decided to do things a little differently….and I’m so glad we did.
My children will grow up with healthier stats than the nations averages. They, theoretically speaking, will have healthier weights and since they are consuming higher nutrient dense foods (without cholesterol, chemicals, and junk) they are likely to be sick less.
3. Understanding Nutrition
They are learning from a young age that plant foods are the KEY to a healthy lifestyle and a healthy body. Honestly, I just want them to understand that plants are delicious and should be a staple in their diet…. no matter what diet choice they make for their future.
Disclaimer: It’s not super easy raising vegan kids. Especially in the Midwest. Produce can be iffy in the cold months + the need for warm comfort foods when it’s -10 out vs. a healthy green salad. BUT we are learning that it’s all about balance.