Kids can be picky little buggers, can’t they? They may love something one day (or at one meal), and then turn their nose up at the same food the next time it’s on their plate. Thankfully, in the plant based world, there are a whole host of foods you can experiment with, and no animals will need to be harmed in the process!
My 18 month old daughter Alana is a pretty good eater, but I do wish I could get even more veggies into her! She does eat plenty by themselves, but others need to be skillfully hidden in things like smoothies or pasta sauces. 😉
Here are a few breakfast ideas and informal recipes that hopefully you can try with your mini plant eater! The recipes are just recommendations, so feel free to play around with them and make them your own by omitting or adding in ingredients your kiddo likes! Lord knows they’ve all got their minds made up about foods they will touch and foods they won’t! 🙂
Avocado Toast sprinkled with a teensy pinch of sea salt and hemp seeds paired with pinto beans, apple slices and clementines (pictured above, and currently what Alana is really into). I use Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted bread.
Kid-Friendly Green Smoothie:
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 frozen banana
1/2 tsp. almond or peanut butter
1/4 tsp. ground flaxmeal or chia seeds
A few fresh spinach leaves
A dash of cinnamon
Chia Seed Porridge:
2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. coconut nectar or pure maple syrup
Blend or whisk all ingredients except the chia. Once blended, add everything to a glass jar along with the chia seeds. Shake well, and place in the fridge for 30 min-overnight. Serve with fresh fruit or shredded coconut!
Waffles (pictured below)-I like Van’s frozen waffles since I don’t own a waffle iron and I always sucked at making my own waffles anyway!! Van’s are great because they are gluten free. I serve it with a little peanut butter, a side of fruit and avocado slices. I serve avos (or “dado”, as Alana calls them) with pretty much every meal since Alana repeatedly asks for them. Would I really deprive an avocado lover their fave food? Of course not! I’m not a momster! 😉
Oatmeal-either rolled or steel cut, you can’t go wrong with oats…well, unless your kids hates them, ha ha! I like making steel cut oats in my rice cooker, since I can set it and walk away:
1 cup steel cut oats
2.5 cups water
Pinch of sea salt
I use a Zojirushi rice cooker and set it on the “porridge” setting and it takes about 30 minutes. You can also soak your oats overnight, and hit start first thing in the morning. This speeds up the process just a tiny bit, but def, hit start right when you roll out of bed, so by the time you get to the kitchen, your oats are waiting for you.
Serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, nut butter…the topping options are truly endless!
Tofu Scramble–you know your kid is a vegan if she passionately motions that she wants tofu the minute she sees you take it out of the fridge! This would be my daughter!
1/4 block organic, firm tofu, crumbled
1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. tamari
1 tsp. nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
Any veggies you want to add: onions, bell peppers, spinach, etc.
Heat a small frying pan, and when hot, add your oil. If using onions, add chopped onions and cook down for about 5 minutes until soft.
Add any additional veggies.
Add in your crumbled tofu.
Sprinkle with turmeric, then nutritional yeast. Add the tamari. Scramble.
It only takes about 2-3 minutes for the tofu to cook. Serve with any of your kids faves: avocado, tomatoes, beans, salsa!
I have to that feeding my kid is one of my favorite things about being a mom. It’s one area I don’t stress about. Believe me (and as you probably already know, if you’re a parent), there are plenty of other areas to stress about! Food should be fun, full of love, and experimental at this stage. Some days your kids will gobble everything on their plates, and other days, they won’t touch anything you try. IT’S OKAY. You’re doing great by making healthy options available to them! Keep up the good work, and if you need additional reinforcements, remember to reach out to me for help!
With love and joy in my heart from being of service to you, I wish you delicious mornings to follow!
Yours in health,
Dori (Alana’s mama)
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