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How To Introduce Your Kids To Plant Based Foods

November 19, 2017

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.

 

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15 Comments

  • Reply Lorine L. November 20, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Being persistent is the key. Kids will eat what they see their parents are eating. I’m trying to make eating healthy a life style for my family and I notice what ever I bring home my family will eats. I’m definitely in the market for trying to find new things for the family and these bars sound tasty.

  • Reply Lea November 20, 2017 at 7:13 am

    This is such good information. My kid is super picky and eats one good meal it seems a week then snacks the rest of the week. Since I do not eat meat neither does she, but i was wondering how to introduce more healthy foods .

  • Reply Ashley Prince November 20, 2017 at 7:45 am

    No babies yet but this was a nice read. I can remeber back when your family first bagn the switch and you were doing the vids of the meals that you were preparing for them. They loved their ketchup! I appreciate the fact that you put the info out there without pushing it in ppls faces.
    I personally have upped my intake of plants. Its just a difference. Who knows i just might give up the meat one day. Thanks for the good read!
    Ashleynicoleprince@yahoo.com

  • Reply Amenia R. November 20, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Thank you for the suggestions. I have a 2 year old who is in the stage of not eating anything and only wants milk and fruits lol. I just might pick these bars up since he do enjoy fruits. I’m realizing that to get him to eat more or even healthier starts from me and that’s the hard part. But seeing my family struggle with diabetes and high cholesterol is scaring me straight. (Amenia91@gmail.com)

  • Reply Pri R. November 20, 2017 at 9:20 am

    These bars look amazing…I plan on ordering some soon! I love the idea of stashing a few in the car so that when kids hunger strikes there is a healthy alternative available on moments notice.

  • Reply Andrea Stots-Watkins November 20, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I started by buying more fruit and veggies. And I thought I would have hard time with my oldest but if it tastes good he will eat it. The bars look like a great snack for his after school hunger. My youngest has sensory processing disorder, I think the snack bars would be a great for adding texture at his next feeding therapy. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Tieasha Samuels November 20, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I think I will give this a shot. My kids are not too keen on trying new foods. Especially my son. My daughter is more open minded but still always very skeptical. My car STAYS packed with on the go snacks. I have a little bag from a baby bag that I held on to all these years. These fruit bars look tasty so I’m excited

    Nov 20
    tsamuels10@gmail.com

  • Reply Makie November 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I think this is a good alternative to fad snacks that have no positive effect on ones child. Kids should be introduced to REAL food at the age of 4 months and they should try out new foods.

  • Reply Serena Akins November 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    This sounds like even a tasty little snack I could have at work 😊. I need to get some of these for me and my little one to try out. (Slharvey24@yahoo.com)

  • Reply Keziah Gibbons November 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I am slowly eating some plant based foods because I don’t want processed foods in my diet any longer and learning about these snack bars is a great option for me and my grandchildren to eat when we need a healthy snack! I will check to see if I can find them at my local Walmart and if I don’t see them then I will be ordering them online!

  • Reply Alice F November 20, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    AHHH, the battle of food. Everyday is a struggle with my little one and healthy food. Over the past three years, I have two profound secrets to successful parenting. First, we are persistent! We continue to teach our children they need to eat in a healthy fashion, as that gives them energy , so they can continue to play soccer, ball and chase the dog. Secondly, we reward good behavior. When they try a new vegetable or drink a whole bottle (or glass) of water (instead of juice), we celebrate with them!
    I truly believe that a healthy lifestyle should be one introduced as early as possible. These snacks would be a great alternative to chips or the likes.

  • Reply Toya November 20, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I do not have any children, but these look good for me to try! lol … I’m always looking for sweet snacks as I have a sweet tooth. I’m seriously a sucker for cakes, cupcakes, etc non-vegan at that smh. If I had any kids, I would want them to start off on the healthy route because we all know the struggle to go from junk to healthy…

    (PoochisPlace@gmail.com)

  • Reply crystal allen November 20, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I would love to try the Apple Cinnamon bar! It sounds like a great snack to always have on hand.

  • Reply John November 21, 2017 at 12:33 am

    So much great advice here! This is very helpful.

  • Reply Ebony November 21, 2017 at 7:20 am

    These are a must- try now. My son already loves blueberry fruit bars and the apple cinnamon oatmeal. Now, I can try these in the flavors he already loves.

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