My Kids Favorite Healthy and Not So Healthy Snacks

March 24, 2017

Most of you know that I’m vegan. I’ve talked about my 9 year journey to veganism in my healthy living workbook.  My husband and both of our children started their vegan journeys on Jan 1, 2016– just a little over a year now.  

A lot of parents are fascinated with how I managed to get my kids go vegan – as if they really had a choice…

The number one question I get is “what do your kids eat?”

People find it so surprising that kids would actually enjoy a vegan diet.  Most of the time people think that kids only eat junk food but if you’re reading this and you have kids, are you only giving your kids junk food? Of course not.  So then why do you project that onto other parents?

I thought it would be easiest to start with a list of the snacks my kids eat because honestly that’s really the hardest food for kids.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner as vegans is not that bad once you get the flow but snacks.. that can really be a doozy.  And before I start my list of delicious snacks that my vegan kids eat, let me say this, just because our kids are vegan doesn’t mean they don’t eat junk food. #JustKeepItReal

To create this list it only made sense to ask my kids these questions so they could answer for themselves.

When I asked my 5 year old son, Joel, what his favorite snack is he answered in this exact order:

  • Teddy Grahams (specifically the birthday cake kind)
  • Amy’s Fruit Snacks (specifically the Berry Patch kind)
  • Banana
  • Apples
  • Apple Sauce
  • Strawberries
  • Saltines
  • Carrot sticks
  • Mango
  • Chocolate Oreos – yes they are vegan
  • Oatmeal  – huh? This is clearly not a snack
  • Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn Popcorn
  • Fruit Punch
  • Lays Potato Chips – He remembered this after his sister said it
  • Pretzels – I reminded him of this

When I asked my 3 year old daughter, Elle, what her favorite snack is she answered in this exact order:

  • Fruit snacks
  • Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn Popcorn
  • Lays Potato Chips & Black Bean Tortilla Chips
  • Naval Oranges
  • Carrots & Hummus
  • Golden Oreos
  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Mango –  I reminded her of this
  • Grapes – I reminded her of this
  • Pretzels – I reminded her of this

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