My family has followed a plant based lifestyle for almost 2 years. Elle and Joel ages 3 and 5 respectively have taken to this new lifestyle seamelessly and honestly don’t give a challenge when trying new foods. From time to time they’ve asked for a food item that they weren’t aware wasn’t plant based and we’ve done our best to find a plant based snacks and alternatives to most foods they used to enjoy. The commitment to eating a plant based diet as an entire family has made us all very healthy overall and our lifestyle is often the center of many conversations.
Parents I meet often understand the value in eating a plant based diet and have considered making the switch to eating more plant based foods but struggle with how to introduce the diet to their children. After all kids are picky eaters so it’s quite understandable. As an adult making the switch comes from a place of understanding. Whether you’re doing it for your health or for the animals or both you’re making a conscious decision to eat this way. However for our children, the decision is made for them and this can turn their understanding of food upside down especially if you ate very few plant based foods to begin with.
SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
I suggest you start with their snacks. Generally speaking, our kids have about 2-3 snacks a day. The Happy Kid Fruit & Oat Bars are an organic sugar free snack that you can start with. When making the switch to a plant based diet you want to focus on ingredients. What you don’t want to do is focus solely on the omission of animal products in your foods, you also need to make sure the food is nutritious. The Happy Kid Fruit & Oat Bars combine oats and milled flaxseeds with real organic dates and other fruits to sweeten it. They’re even non-GMO and gluten-free! Anytime you can give your child a food made of real ingredients you’re doing your best to show them the value in eating plant based.
I talked about my up bringing with you all in my recent post about how my dad’s death taught me how to change my health for generations to come and as someone who had no idea what eating nutritiously was It is so important to me that my kids have a healthy relationship with food that they can take into adolescence and beyond. Anytime you can give your kids fruits, veggies, and organic snacks like the Happy Kid Fruit & Oat Bars you are showing your children that eating foods that are pure and simple made with one or just a few ingredients is the key to eating for nutrition.
YOUR TURN: What snacks do your children enjoy now? What foods can you swap it with? Share with me below.
THIS IS IMPORTANT
If there is one word advice I can offer beyond what I’ve already shared is this, pack your fruit & oat bars when you’re on the go and keep a few in the car for. When hunger strikes it can get very tempting to hop into a drive through to grab something but you’ll quickly find that most drive throughs offer little to no plant based options not even if you buy a salad or fries. If you have a pack of fruit & oat bars stashed in the car you will save everyone from being hangry because you’re not yourself when you’re hungry.
If you’re kids are use to eating gummy fruit snacks, cream filled cookies, potato chips sugary drinks and/or soda on a daily basis for snack time then most likely they aren’t going to take to the switch very well. But stay strong mom and dad. In due time your kids’ taste will change and they will begin to look forward to their fruit & oat bars and fresh fruit. Kids will adapt if you remain persistent.
The Happy Kid Fruit & Oat Bars come in 3 flavors: Banana and Chocolate, Apple and Cinnamon, and Blueberry and Raspberry. I grab ours from Walmart.com but you can also find them on Amazon, Babies R Us, and BuyBuyBaby. Try them out and see how your little ones like them.