veganism is a subject close to my heart. It took me a long time to realize how uncomfortable I was with what I ate, and it was a equally long journey to change that.
Food is such a major part of us. Not only does it sustain us, but it is what we crave for, it is what nourishes us, it is what makes us feel good or bad.
Today being vegan is normal, popular and addressed. I know I want to raise my children to be vegan. Not only because I believe it is healthier for them but also I know that they would someday be facing the horrible realization that they are eating animals, which all kids love.
We teach our children to love animals and respect them. We take them to see animals outside, we have pets at home. How are we suppose to tell them that the same cute animals they see in the street or in a movie, are the ones they are meant to eat?
We refer to the animals to teach our children compassion and friendship, how can we tell them to eat them afterwards? My own experience with raising vegan children is great. Their diet is based on an abundance of fruit and vegetables, as well as grains, pulses (Legume), seaweed, nuts, seeds and some fortified products.
There are so many ways to eat vegan, it depends on your food preferences, you shopping options, and climate and more. The main points I believe to be important are these:
To make sure your child is eating well, you can track their nutrients at a site like www.cronometer.com. You just input what they eat in a day and it’s a wonderful way to make sure you are staying on top of their health.
Lead by example.
You can’t expect your children to eat what you won’t eat. If they see you enjoying a salad, a bowl of soup, or even having a giant watermelon for a meal, they will probably be more willing to do the same.
do your research.
Check what foods are rich in nutrients and vitamins (Google calcium rich food for example) to make sure they’re receiving their vitamins and minerals.
I’m not a fan of processed foods (and fortified foods are), but sometimes consuming them is another way to get those vitamins in.
We have a green smoothie for breakfast every day. It a great way to make sure your family is getting it’s ‘greens’ amount for the day. You could add seeds such as Chia, Hemp, Sesame, Pumpkin and Sunflower. You could add greens in which are packed with nutrients such as Barley Grass or Spirulina. You could add some not so appealing veggies like beetroot in. There are so many options
There are so many beautiful blogs and Youtube videos on eating vegan to give you ideas as well as inspiration.