As we are part way through Veganuary, plant based diets and veganism seem to be on everyone’s minds. Hooray! The down side to this is that as soon as you mention being vegan everyone’s an expert on nutrition, from your hairdresser to your postman. You’re usually asked about protein and what on earth you can actually eat. What happens then when you choose to raise your children as vegans? Lots and lots of questions! As a parent to vegan children I’ve learnt that much of these questions surrounding your children comes from a place of love and genuine concern in a society that regards meat, eggs and dairy products as essential for health and growth.
Vegan children can be healthy, in fact there are many nutritionists and studies out there that successfully argue that a plant based diet is healthier and so by default vegan children can be healthier than their meat eating counterparts. But raising children on a plant based diet isn’t as simple as raising children on a ‘standard’ diet; you need to arm yourself with knowledge, the more the better and in doing that you’re definitely armed not only to answer questions from friends and relatives but also to give your kids the best and healthiest start in life.
At the minute their favourite meals include chickpea and coconut curry, vegan sausage rolls, and lentil and vegetable soup. Like all children they enjoy treats – biscuits, chocolate and cakes are firm favourites! We use Hemp Milk instead of cows milk for its omega 3 content and it’s sustainability. There are so many vegan foods available today that I’m hopeful as they grown up they will continue to make compassionate choices, but I am confident that either way an educated, varied vegan start was the best choice for us.
(Please note that I am not an expert, nor do I have any nutritional qualifications and I would urge you to talk to your own doctor before you make any changes to your own or your children’s diets.)
I hope you found this article helpful, thank you to Amelia for offering to help me with this - I couldn’t have done it without her! Amelia also has a small vegan treats business (www.vegansnackssorted.co.uk). Are your children vegan? Or are they going vegan with you for Veganuary? Let me know in the comments below x