Vegan Food for Picky Toddlers
This post is about what I feed my toddler on a typical day. Like many toddlers, she is a very picky eater and makes an audible disgusted sound when I present a salad to her. When I decided to become a vegan I knew I wanted to transition Sloan to a vegan diet as well, but also to let her make this decision for herself. I started to look for foods that were similar to what she ate before, hoping to make the transition as seamless as possible. Honestly, if my toddler eats at all I feel like a winner, and there are days where she is a great eater. But there are also days where I can’t get her to eat a thing. Hopefully this post will help any parent who has transitioned to veganism after they have already had a child.
In an Instagram post I made yesterday I explained that a year ago our pediatrician told us our toddler was iron deficient. Anemia runs in my family, so I was not surprised; however, at this time Sloan was a meat eater as was I. Instead of starting her on supplements I gave her this green juice below. This juice contains spinach and alkaline greens that I purchase from tropeka. I also put orange juice and a banana in it, to up the vitamin C and help her body absorb the iron. I am happy to say that by giving her this juice and trying to increase her lentil intake has corrected her iron deficiency.
Green Juice and Oatmeal
Sloan usually starts her day with a green juice, and her favorite “oaties”.
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup oats ( I use Love Grown Super Oats)
- ½ cup chopped strawberries
- 1 spoonful of peanut butter
- 2 tbs maple syrup
Bring the almond milk to a boil, and add the oats stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Once the oats are cooked, add them to a bowl and top with strawberries peanut butter, and maple syrup.
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 1 tsp Tropeka Alkaline Greens
- ½ a frozen banana
- 1 cup fresh OJ, or store bought
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth, I mean that spinach can’t be noticeable or your toddler may throw their cup across the room.
Peanut Butter and Jelly toast and an apple
- 2 slices of Dave’s Killer Sprouted Whole Grain Bread
- 2 tbs peanut butter
- 2 tbs jelly (just make sure the brand is vegan)
- 1 apple
Toast the bread, and while the bread is toasting chop the apple up. Once the bread is toasted spread peanut butter on one side, and jelly on the other and hope that your toddler doesn’t flip the plate because “today they don’t like pb&j”.
Chicken Nugs and Corn
- 3 Gardein Chicken Tenders
- ½ cup frozen organic corn
- 1 tbs BBQ Sauce
Follow the instructions on the back of the Gardein bag for the chicken tenders. I cook mine in the oven to give them a crispy outside. Microwave the frozen corn for about a minute. Put both on your child’s favorite plate with some BBQ sauce (make sure it’s vegan).