Kid Picks

best-garden-for-kids-537x358As the mother of a young vegetarian, I (Katye) am constantly looking for healthy, plant-based foods to feed my picky eater. Luckily, he volunteered to help me by sharing his favorite vegan selections here!  Share your favorites in the comments below!

Breakfast

Van’s Whole Grain Organic Waffles have 100% vegan ingredients you can feel good about.  We eat them with either maple syrup or Log Cabin all natural table syrup. It’s made with brown rice syrup and is much more affordable than maple.

Or try this easy vegan pancake recipe! You can sub Bob’s Mill gluten free flour blend
if you wish, and use almond or soymilk in place of the water for added nutrition.

He usually eats either of these with LightLife’s Smart Bacon and a banana.  Honey Nut Cheerios are also a favorite (although not 100% vegan), as are pears and apple slices. And lastly, bagels with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese are great for quick breakfasts.

Lunch

I usually send my son to school with a simple lunch of fresh fruit, a vegetable (usually carrot sticks or kale chips), chocolate/vanilla soy or coconut milk, and a whole grain or two (such as Triscuits, bread, or other crackers).

When home, a favorite is peanut butter sandwiches with a side of strawberries, raspberries, or apple slices.

Snacks

Apples with nut butter is a great snack at home, and for on the go we like granola bars or these Nature’s Bakery Chocolate Brownie Bars, which are made with dates, blueberries, and chocolate.

Dinner

My kid’s favorite dinners at home includes whole-wheat pasta with olive oil and vegan parmesan cheese or quesadillas made with Follow Your Heart Mozzarella Style Soy Free cheese, paired with steamed veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, or even brussel sprouts (try tossing in olive oil and roasting at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes).

He also eats white or brown rice with salt and pepper, and we have been adding lentils and other legumes as well.

Boca Chick’n Nuggets and Beyond Chicken are our favorite plant-based chicken substitutes, and Gardein Meatless Meatballs are great with spaghetti or on their own!

Desserts

Your kids probably won’t notice a difference if you make their desserts vegan.  In fact, you probably won’t either; vegan desserts can be very decadent! For something with a little healthiness included though, try these Black Bean Brownies.  You can use regular flour if you aren’t gluten-free.  My son loves them and has no idea what’s in them.

For the less-healthy dessert loving kids in our lives, enjoy sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and Ben and Jerry’s almond milk ice creams. And for something even simpler, Oreos are always delicious and great with chocolate almond milk…Definitely kid approved!

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