Now that all those holiday indulgences are behind us (we’ll never forget you, entire gingerbread house made from KitKat bars), many people embark on healthier eating habits in the new year. For some, that means committing to Veganuary— following a vegan diet (only eating food that comes from plants) for the month of January.
More than half a million people have pledged to follow Veganuary since 2014, according to Veganuary.com.
Is a vegan diet safe for kids?
The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) recommends parents considering putting their family on a vegan diet talk to their childrens’ doctor or a dietitian since kids may need additional vitamin and mineral supplements.
But they also note that a well-planned and balanced vegan diet can be perfectly healthy.
“Well-planned vegetarian and vegan diets with appropriate attention to specific nutrient components can provide a healthy alternative lifestyle at all stages of fetal, infant, child and adolescent growth,” CPS notes.
However, they do not recommend nut or plant-based beverages for infants or young children.
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Recipes, Ideas, And Tips For Feeding Kids
Whether you’re considering going vegan for January, interested in trying more plant-based foods, or are already following a vegan diet and are looking for more recipes, we got you.
Here are some vegan recipes the whole family will love:
We love this recipe because it doesn’t try to “trick” you with fake cheese. It’s just fresh and full of veggies (with tofu for protein).
Get the recipe: Delish
Black bean and avocado wraps
Fact: kids love wraps. And these black bean and avocado wraps are full of nutrients!
Get the recipe: The Food Easy
Zucchini tater tots
We know what you’re thinking: aren’t regular tater tots already vegan? Not always! Many recipes use eggs as a binder. But this recipe has just four ingredients, and packs a delicious zucchini punch.
Get the recipe: She Likes Food
Taco night just got even yummier with this cauliflower version!
Get the recipe: Vegan Heaven
Vegan potato cakes
This kid-friendly potato cake is packed with veggies and suitable for even the youngest eaters.
Get the recipe: Grilling Recipes
Apple oat cinnamon muffins
This easy on-the-go breakfast or snack is healthy and tasty, to boot.
Get the recipe: My Kids Lick The Bowl
What kid (or adult, for that matter) doesn’t love nuggets!?
Get the recipe: Bohemian Vegan Kitchen
Spaghetti and ‘meat’ balls
The vegan ‘meat’ balls are made from chickpeas, and look delicious.
Get the recipe: Nora Cooks
Strawberry banana ice cream
You gotta have dessert! This ice cream recipe uses just two ingredients.
Get the recipe: Leelalicious
Vegan mashed potato bowls
Helloooo, comfort food!
Get the recipe: Rabbit and Wolves
Butternut squash mac and cheese
Not only is this mac and cheese creamy and delicious, but it uses no dairy at all.
Get the recipe: Baby Foodie
Here’s another fritter recipe kids will love, and these are packed full of veggies.
Get the recipe: Healthy Little Foodies
Got a kid who only eats butter noodles? Same. Well, here’s a vegan version even adults can enjoy.
Get the recipe: This Savory Vegan
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