Eating a vegan diet is not as difficult as some people think. In fact there are tons of different ways to do it. Kids especially are easy at adapting to what they’re used to and if they start out eating that way it will be easier. The younger they are the easier it is to remove meat from their diets, until they get to the tween years when they exercise their independence and lifestyle preferences a bit more.
If they haven’t always eaten this way it can take a while to adapt, but once they can understand the implications of their diet, it should become easier.
These are my picks for making the transition easier:
- Amy’s Sonoran veggie burgers: They’re made with quinoa, walnuts and veggies.
- Sunflower burgers: They have quite a number of different flavors. They’re made out of sunflower seeds and veggies. My favorite is Garden herb.
- Thai Kitchen Rice noodles
- Quinoa noodles
- Food For Life rice bread
- Erewhon rice cereals
- Rice cakes/crackers
- Veggie chips of all kinds…the ones with some substance to them, not the thinly sliced oil-soaked Lay’s type potato chips.
- Vegan mylk alternatives…I try to pick the milk with the most simple ingredients, low on the added vitamins/minerals, because we get the vitamins and minerals needed from our food. I like rice, almond, coconut and hemp. It’s also pretty easy to make your own, I’ve made almond, sunflower seed and pumpkin seed mylks.
- Hummus, refried beans and other bean dips
I actually like white rice because it digests easier than brown rice and cooks easier as well. Of course you can and should give children plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, raw or cooked, as well. It may take some effort to get them to consume more of these foods but with patience, increased exposure and some good fun, it will get easier. For young children check out www.copy-kids.com for a great DVD to encourage raw produce love, and you know it might rub off on older kids too, if they see the little ones enjoying so much fresh food!
- Summer Solstice Week: Menu Plan Mondays (fruitaliniyogi.wordpress.com)
- zucchini pasta with raw mushroom cream sauce and italian-spiced tempeh (veggienook.com)
- How to Order Vegan, Gluten Free Or Healthier Options at National Fast Food Chains. (elephantjournal.com)
- Zucchini Deliciousness: Zucchini & Quinoa Recipe (thegreengirls.com)
- The Last Meal (veggiemachete.wordpress.com)
- Link Lovin’: Mango Avocado Black Bean Quinoa Salad (rollinoatstampa.com)
- LR7: Barbara, Patron Saint of Veganism (12for2012.com)