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Feeding Vegan Kids: Parenting Resources You Won’t Want to Miss

Maybe you’ve been vegan for years and you’re looking for new inspiration for feeding your vegan kids healthy and delicious foods, or maybe you’re completely new to raising kids vegan. Either way, the resources below can help you. From websites and social media accounts to cookbooks and shows, we have you covered!

Plant-Based Juniors

Plant-Based Juniors is a fantastic resource. Whitney English and Alex Caspero—two registered dietitians, certified personal trainers, and moms—run the website, which is filled with nutrition information. They also have a cookbook called The Plant-Based Baby & Toddler and an Instagram account that covers vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas; what their kids eat in a day and week; and a breakdown of vegan sources of protein, iron, calcium, and more. The oat bakes pictured below are a hit in one PETA parent’s house!

The Vegucated Family Table

Written by Marisa Miller Wolfson and Laura Delhauer, The Vegucated Family Table cookbook is filled with yummy vegan recipes for feeding babies, toddlers, and older kids. The Chickpeas and Stars soup is in regular rotation for the whole family in one PETA staffer’s home.

 

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Eating by Elaine

Run by a mom of three who has a Master of Public Health degree and is a certified health education specialist, this website is filled with family-friendly vegan breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and desserts. All of Elaine’s recipes are vegan, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and refined sugar–free. On her Instagram account, you can often find her kids participating in the cooking fun, which is great to share with your little ones to inspire them to join you in the kitchen. One PETA staffer reports that her toddler daughter loves helping to make Elaine’s easy and delicious granola recipe and that the whole family devours it.

Tab Time

Looking for an educational and fun show for your kid to watch? Be sure to check out Tab Time on YouTube for Families (and on the YouTube Kids app), hosted by popular vegan Tabitha Brown! In every episode, she shows kids how to make a fun and healthy vegan snack (along with offering many other “edutaining” activities). It’s great because you and your kids can make all the recipes as is, without having to make any substitutions. Be warned: The theme song is catchy and may get stuck in your head. 😊

Nora Cooks

Nora is a mom of young kids and creates vegan recipes that are “easy to make and even easier to eat.” She focuses on family-friendly comfort foods but has healthier recipes, too. Browse her website and Instagram feed for everything from vegan mac and cheese and vegan lasagna to chocolate chip cookies and fluffy pancakes. One PETA parent’s daughter raves about the Alfredo sauce, which is made with cauliflower and cashews.

 

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The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids

Author Ruby Roth has many wonderful kids’ books, and The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids is a great one if you’re looking to get your little vegan helping in the kitchen. Packed with 60 vegan recipes that kids can make, the cookbook is filled with bright illustrations and fun recipe names, including Tomato Tornado and Disappearing Dots.

Sweet Potato Soul

Jenné Claiborne is a vegan chef, blogger, and mom. Be sure to check out her YouTube channel to find helpful videos on feeding vegan kids. We personally love her “Vegan Recipes for Kids” and “How to Raise a Healthy Eater.” You can find more information on both topics on her blog. And you’ve gotta check out her black bean crust pizza and black bean cookies

Plant-Powered Families

Dreena Burton is a veteran cookbook author, and Plant-Powered Families is filled with more than 100 recipes that are kid-tested—including Pumpkin Pie Smoothies and Sneaky Chickpea Burgers. She delivers nutrition facts as well as solutions for picky eaters, vegan birthday parties, nut-free school lunches, and more.

 

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Vegan Kids Nutrition

Karla Moreno-Bryce is a vegan registered dietitian who provides helpful information on her website and on Instagram. She says, “The misinformation and lack of support that so many moms were experiencing led me to create a coaching program that served to support moms in feeding their kids for proper growth.” She offers training workshops (such as “3 Mistakes Most Vegan Parents Make in Meal Planning”), a podcast, a cookbook, and more!

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