Healthy Eating Tips For Families
A note from Nava: An issue that a number of readers have written to me about is how to handle “mixed marriages,” that is, when one partner is vegetarian or vegan and the other isn’t. In this contribution, Erin Pavlina offers many helpful suggestions. This excerpt is from Raising Vegan Children in a Non-Vegan World: A Complete Guide for Parents (VegFamily, 2003): Read More→Print This Post
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. Read More→Print This Post
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”? Read More→Print This Post
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. Read More→Print This Post
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. Read More→Print This Post
A 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? Read More→Print This Post
What does “organic” mean? The organic label on foods tells you that the food was grown and produced in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards. Except for farms that sell less than $5,000 of organic products per year, all those who sell organic food must have their practices certified (by an agent accredited by USDA’s National Organic Program) as compliant with federal law governing organics. Read More→Print This Post