There are many concerns when it comes to the diet of children. They are usually picky eaters and it is sometimes hard to get them to eat the right even on a non vegetarian diet hence many people think that putting them on a vegan diet can be even more complex.
But the truth is that a vegan diet can provide all the nutrition your children need without them including meats into their diets. If the proper combination of food is not administered there are a number of concerns may arise when it comes to your child’s health so do not take on this challenge unless you are ready to commit to it to ensure your kids are eating right.
Raising kids as vegan is easier when the parents have the confidence themselves of the overall vegan diet and practice. Kids are resilient and for kids, parents are their God. They will relish everything that is offered with love and what they see their parents eat. Below are proven tips and tricks that will help raise kids with vegan meals.
- Show interest: Be interested in vegan meals and the variety that you can create using natural and wholesome ingredients. (Walk the talk!)
- Think colors: Make meals that are attractive by mixing colorful ingredients. For example, penne pasta goes colorfully well with red capsicum, broccoli or green beans with tomato based sauce.
- Get the kids involved in the preparation: Let the kids help in the kitchen with kid-safe jobs such as washing veggies, mixing ingredients etc.
- Talk to your kids: Interactive conversations with kids about healthy meals as well as their benefits and also give them a say in what they want to eat will be a good idea.
- Stock healthy snacks. Provide healthy snacks such as fruit and nut bars, carrot and celery sticks when you pick them up from school, after sports practice, and at other times when the kids feel hungry (as announced by a grumbling tummy).
- Take them grocery shopping with you: Introduce the kids to the various vegetarian foods, and their benefits while in the supermarket. Allow the kids to make food-shopping decisions and reward them for every healthy selection.
- Make healthy food and meals fun: Cutting up food into fun shapes or making faces out of fruit and vegetables is a fun idea. Packing or storing healthy snacks such as oatmeal cookies or dried fruit into fun bags or cute canisters can turn healthy foods into a cool snack for your child.