Healthy Eating Tips For Families

Plant-Based Fun with Kids in the Kitchen

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The number one question most parents ask about how to change kids’ eating habits is “how do you get your kids to eat a wider variety of foods?” I have lost count how many times I’ve heard parents say, “My kids:

…hate vegetables.”
…would starve if we didn’t feed them x or y.”
…are the pickiest eaters in the world.”
…would never eat that.” more→

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Resisting unhealthy food advertising aimed at children

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Mixed Dietary Preferences—vegan, veg, non-vegan—in families

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

What happens when one parent is vegan and the other one isn’t? Will the children be raised vegan or not? If you are a vegan but your spouse or partner is not, and you have or are planning to have children, then you are in what I call a mixed marriage. Families in this situation have some challenges to overcome and some difficult decisions to make. The good news is that it is entirely possible to raise your children vegan even if your partner is not a vegan. But it’s not easy. more→

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Feeding Kids? What Parents Might Be Missing

Healthy plant-based foods

True or False: It’s really important to feed our kids nutritious foods.

Of course every parent agrees on the importance of feeding our kids well—at least on an intellectual level. It’s putting principle into practice that’s so disagreeable. Consider this scenario: It’s late, you’re driving home from soccer (or basketball, piano, day care, or wherever) and Ronald McDonald beckons with fun and social acceptance for the kids and convenience and respite for the parents. more→

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Vegan Parents and Kids

Many vegan families struggle with explaining to their children why they are vegan. When children inevitably begin to ask questions about their diet, the harder question to answer is “Why are we different”? more→

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Eight Easy Ways to Get Your Family to Eat Vegetables

Colorful fruits and veggies

There are children who devour plates of crunchy salads and gobble up steamed broccoli, like it was candy, but what do you do if your kids refuse to eat anything green? Children need the vitamins and minerals vegetables provide. Vegetables from the cabbage family are exceptional sources of calcium, vitamins A and C, and beta-carotenes, especially kale and collards. Rather than trying to get your child to eat food she doesn’t like, fix the vegetables in a way that she will enjoy. And do add fresh fruit to the mix. Some children who are balky about veggies like fruit just fine. more→

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Do you have a picky eater in your family?

Here are a few ideas for helping your child transition to a healthier diet, contributed by Amy Hemmert and Tammy Pelstring of Laptop Lunches.

Prepare your child. Talk with your child about nutrition and the importance of developing a healthy body. Together, come up with a family plan, including a list of steps the family wants to take to transition to a more healthful diet. Post the list in a place where everyone can see it. more→

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Family Fare on the Road

coolerA reader of this site wrote that she and her husband will be traveling quite far by car for their family vacation, and that they are tired of, as she put it, “soggy salads… and tasteless veggie subs…plus we don’t like supporting fast food.” What are weary (and hungry) travelers to do? more→

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