Why Snack Platters Help Vegan Picky Eaters Learn to Accept More Foods
Vegan Kids Nutrition Blog
by Karla Moreno-Bryce MDA RD LD
2M ago
“I want candy for snack” That was the response from my four year old daughter when I told her it was time for her morning snack.  Typically, I give her two options to choose from but this time around, she didn’t even give me the chance to think about them! She quickly jumped to saying she wanted the red lollipop she had gotten recently after visiting our real estate agent for a holiday gathering.      Normally, I would've allowed it. I don't have a problem with her having candy for snack because it’s an approach I’ve implemented in my feeding as a way to not compete with ..read more
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5 Ways to Reduce Grocery Bill for Your Vegan Family
Vegan Kids Nutrition Blog
by Karla Moreno-Bryce MDA RD LD
3M ago
Lately, I’ve been trying to keep food costs in mind. The current inflation crisis that is happening in America has certainly put stress on many families. In fact, the Summary Findings of the Food Price Outlook shared by the USDA found that “all food prices are predicted to increase between 9.5 and 10.5 percent”(2). This has put many vegan families like yours to perhaps re-consider how you meal plan. Including a variety of plant-based foods—from grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds—is an approach I recommend in all of my programs. Now, if you’re wondering how to be able to do th ..read more
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Tips for Feeding Vegan Picky Eaters
Vegan Kids Nutrition Blog
by Karla Moreno-Bryce MDA RD LD
8M ago
Picky eating can be a frustrating and stressful time for many vegan parents. Meal planning is a challenge because you feel lost on what to cook for your vegan child. And meals simply become not-so-enjoyable because there are eating struggles at the dining table.  For many vegan parents I’ve worked with, they just want to know what to do to “get” their child to eat a more variety of foods, or their vegetables, or a particular plant-food. Many vegan parents like yourself often feel like they’ve exhausted all possible options to help their vegan child eat more plant foods and want to know w ..read more
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Vegan Diets and Stunted Growth in Children: A Pediatric Dietitian’s Review
Vegan Kids Nutrition Blog
by Karla Moreno-Bryce MDA RD LD
8M ago
During your vegan family journey, you may have come across articles that warn parents about how a vegan diet may impact a child’s growth and development, specifically their height.  Many vegan parents often reach out to me very concerned and worried about how their choice in raising their baby, toddler, and/or child vegan may lead to them having stunted growth.  This worry and fear often stems from what you hear from others, saying that certain foods like soy foods or a diet that doesn’t include meat is harming your child, leading your child to be shorter or weighting less than peer ..read more
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How to Talk to Kids About Veganism
Vegan Kids Nutrition Blog
by Karla Moreno-Bryce MDA RD LD
8M ago
As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases Helping my daughter get off her car seat at the grocery store’s parking lot, the car next to us had their window down, easily able to hear their conversation. It seemed like they were planning a get together with someone and mentioned that they can cook “some chicken and have some wine”.  My daughter, the vocal child who never holds back on what she thinks (which I love for the record), must’ve heard the conversation because she turned to me and said “We don’t eat chickens, mama”.  This isn’t the first time she has said that w ..read more
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Green Pea Cherry Smoothie
Vegan Kids Nutrition Blog
by Karla Moreno-Bryce MDA RD LD
8M ago
This easy kid-friendly smoothie is perfect for supporting growth and meeting iron needs for vegan kids Over the past few weeks, my three year old daughter has been requesting smoothies for breakfast. Like, every single day.  It’s a bit unusual for her to ask “Mama, can we make smoothie?” since we actually don’t have smoothies regularly as a vegan family. I’m not sure where she actually got the idea of making smoothies but like any other toddler, kids go through phases and I suspect this is one of them. We’ve been switching the ingredients for our breakfast smoothies and one morning I re ..read more
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Flax Garbanzo Bean Flour Crackers
Vegan Kids Nutrition Blog
by Karla Moreno-Bryce MDA RD LD
8M ago
These iron-rich and gluten-free crackers are the perfect pair to a meal for your vegan toddler or vegan child. When vegan parents reach out feeling concerned about their vegan child meeting their iron needs, I completely know where they are coming from because it’s a feeling I know too well.  My daughter, now 27 months, hasn’t been eating per her usual. It’s been about a week or so where her meal intake has fluctuated so much, oftentimes eating hardly anything and only drinking her unsweetened fortified soy milk. Majority of the times I’m not too concerned because I know I planned a well ..read more
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Top 5 Calcium Sources for Vegan Kids
Vegan Kids Nutrition Blog
by Karla Moreno-Bryce MDA RD LD
8M ago
Many vegan parents like yourself often feel concerned about their child’s nutrition, especially making sure they meet key nutrients on a vegan diet to support their growth and development. A past client of mine was a first time mom and passionate about raising her then 10-month old daughter on a vegan diet. She chose to adopt a vegan lifestyle as a way to extend compassion to animals after watching a documentary. Learning about the inhumane treatment of animals and how dairy is massively produced for human consumption just didn’t feel right to her. She realized she no longer wanted to take par ..read more
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Vegan Herb Drop Biscuits
Vegan Kids Nutrition Blog
by Karla Moreno-Bryce MDA RD LD
8M ago
These vegan biscuits are perfect for both adults and kids to enjoy as a family My husband and I enjoy having some kind of cracker or bread with soups. It makes the meal much more comforting! But to switch things up a bit, I decided to try and make my own vegan biscuits for the first time.  I wanted them to be “kid-friendly” so that our daughter can have some too. Instead of using (vegan) butter like in traditional biscuits, I wanted to use a more healthful fat. So, I tried it with avocado oil and grapeseed oil. Avocado oil is a great pantry oil to have on hand. Not only does it help mee ..read more
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How Much Should a Vegan Kid Eat In a Day
Vegan Kids Nutrition Blog
by Karla Moreno-Bryce MDA RD LD
8M ago
As parents, we often feel concerned about the amount of food our vegan kids eat at each meal or in a day. Sometimes it’s that they didn’t eat “enough” and other times it’s that they ate “too much”. This often leaves us feeling worried about their overall nutrition and confused about the appropriate amount vegan kids should eat at each stage of growth.  I think every parent goes through this experience and your feelings for being concerned about their nutrition or feeling confused about their overall intake are valid! I know how important it is to you that your vegan children get the appro ..read more
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