Leftover Rice Breakfast Bowls
Plant Based Juniors Blog
by Alex Caspero and Whitney English
2w ago
We’ve always got leftover grains in my house— so I decided to make a breakfast bowl with leftover rice! It’s hearty and filling, and can work with any leftover cooked grain. Start by warming leftover rice with cinnamon and milk. Then you can add whatever toppings you like! We like chopped apple, banana slices, hemp seeds, and chia seeds along with a drizzle of peanut butter and local honey. Pears would also work! And any toasted chopped nuts would be yummy too. The best recipes are customizable and this one works with whatever toppings your kiddos like best. If your kids like oatmeal, then yo ..read more
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Kale Oat Muffins
Plant Based Juniors Blog
by Alex Caspero and Whitney English
2w ago
Do your kids like kale? Neither do ours! But they love these kale oat muffins! From prepping and washing the kale, to mixing the muffins, kids can help every step along the way and eagerly gobble up the reward. As you know, we don’t advocate hiding veggies, but we do recommend finding kid-friendly ways to increase exposure to them. These easy-to-make muffins will do just that while you work toward getting them to enjoy kale in other cruciferous forms. Why Kale? Kale might be the last thing you think of when you’re looking for a muffin recipe. However, this cruciferous vegetable is one of the ..read more
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Pizza Beans
Plant Based Juniors Blog
by Alex Caspero and Whitney English
2w ago
Pizza Beans! Our kids love pizza, why not give the same flavor profile to BEANS? You can’t go wrong in a recipe that combines our kids’ favorite food – pizza, with our favorite food – beans! These are so customizable! I do red bell pepper because I think it adds to the pizza flavor, but any veggie would work! I think you could also do a veg sausage/pepperoni but haven’t tried that. Why We Love This Recipe It’s often a challenge to figure out how to serve beans to kids, especially if you weren’t served them growing up. That’s why we love that this recipe incorporates a flavor kids are already ..read more
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Beet Blender Pancakes
Plant Based Juniors Blog
by Alex Caspero and Whitney English
2w ago
Beet Blender Pancakes – a pretty pink Valentine’s Day breakfast recipe! These scrumptious cakes are made with a few simple ingredients including oats, chia seeds, and bananas and colored naturally with beets. Perfectly tied with the holiday, beets are a source of many cardioprotective compounds such as polyphenols and nitrate (a precursor to the vasodilator nitric oxide in the body). The best part for any beet-phobic family members, you can’t taste them! Frequently Asked Questions: Can I use canned beets? Yes, though they might be a little mushy. If so, try adding more oat flour. Can I substi ..read more
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Loaded Apple Slices
Plant Based Juniors Blog
by Alex Caspero and Whitney English
2w ago
Fun Friday snack idea— loaded apple slices— two ways! If your kids love apples and peanut butter, try these fun sandwiches. Why We Love Loaded Apple Slices Do your kids tend to eat the same snack every day? These loaded apple slices are a great way to jazz up a snack routine rut. They’re the perfect mix of crunchy and sweet. The cream cheese or peanut butter provides a creamy spread for the topping to stick to, while the almonds and peanut butter provide healthy fats. The honey or maple syrup provides just enough zing to satisfy a kiddo with a sweet tooth. Tips for Success Get your kids invol ..read more
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Green Waffles
Plant Based Juniors Blog
by Alex Caspero and Whitney English
2w ago
Waffles, but make them green! We’ll take any reason to add more green to our diets. These waffles are a fun way to add a little color to your kiddo’s breakfast, or maybe to serve them for St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve taken our favorite waffle recipe with homemade oat flour, banana, and flaxseed, and then we added a generous handful of spinach. Blend the wet ingredients together, add to the dry, and then cook on your favorite waffle maker. These take just minutes to put together and are great for both weekday or weekend breakfasts. You can serve them plain or dressed up with almond butter and slic ..read more
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Frozen Vegetable Soup
Plant Based Juniors Blog
by Alex Caspero and Whitney English
2w ago
A soup that uses an entire bag of frozen vegetables!? Count us in. We love it with bread, and it would also be great over rice for toddlers. Why We Love This Soup We love frozen vegetables as an economical and accessible way to enjoy them. In surveys, cost is often the biggest barrier to eating more vegetables – which is a reminder that all vegetables count. Another fantastic part about this soup is that it’s blended, which can be a great way to enjoy vegetables for kids who are still learning to like various textures. We love this one with some fresh sourdough bread for dipping, but it’s also ..read more
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How to Handle Bottle Refusal in Breastfed Babies: 3 Tips
Plant Based Juniors Blog
by Alex Caspero and Whitney English
2w ago
3 tips for how to handle bottle refusal in breastfed babies. Tips for navigating this season when you’re baby isn’t interested in taking a bottle. Many breastfeeding mamas experience a time when it makes sense – whether out of preference or necessity – to introduce bottles to their babe. But what do you do when your baby just doesn’t want anything but the boob? Everyone has a unique experience with feeding their baby, whether it’s breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or a combination of the two. If you’re struggling, know that you’re far from alone – it’s not always easy! Handling bottle refusal in ..read more
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How to Help Kids Gain Back Their Appetite After Sickness
Plant Based Juniors Blog
by Alex Caspero and Whitney English
1M ago
How to help kids gain back their appetite after sickness! Why kids don’t want to eat when they’re sick and what you can do to encourage nutrition. Nobody can prepare you for how much you’ll want to help your kiddo when they’re not feeling well. Other than the extra snuggles, PJs-all-day, and screen time, there’s not usually much we can do to speed the process along. What about when they’re not eating? This can be concerning as a parent, but there are some things you can do in the meantime. We’re covering why kids lose their appetite when they’re sick and some tips for encouraging it to come b ..read more
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How to Teach Your Child to Eat Soup
Plant Based Juniors Blog
by Alex Caspero and Whitney English
1M ago
How to teach your child to eat soup! This can be a tricky skill for many kids. Here are a few tips to make it easier. We love soup! Not only is it a great way to pack lots of nutrition into one bowl, but it’s generally easy to make (hello, Instant Pot) and can last for multiple meals. However, eating soup is a learned skill for kiddos. So how can you help them? 6 Tips for How to Teach Your Child to Eat Soup 1. Start with Familiar Flavors and Textures Introduce soups that align with flavors and textures your child already enjoys. For example, if your child likes mashed potatoes, consider start ..read more
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