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34 Best Healthy Eating Quotes For You and Your Kids!

Need some inspirational quotes to help you and encourage your kids to eat healthy? Check out these 34 amazing quotes about eating healthy! #healthquotes #quotes #healthyeating #stresslessbehealthy

34 Best Healthy Eating Quotes For You and Your Kids!

Eating healthy is hard, I get it, I really do! I’m currently pregnant with my third child and had morning sickness to the point where I just ate anything I could keep down. But, believe me, it’s hard to eat healthy even when not pregnant, especially if you don’t feel motivated or inspired in some way to eat healthy. That’s why I love keeping these healthy eating quotes around for whenever I feel a tad bit of inspiration to eat well!

These quotes are ones to live by, ones that society should live by, and ones you should teach your children to live by. Let’s raise healthy kids and be healthy ourselves!!

Enjoy the quotes below, I hope they inspire you to eat well…even when you don’t want to.

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Healthy Eating Quotes

 

“Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it.” ~ Heather Morgan.

This healthy eating quote is key in eating for health instead of eating for pleasure! And, really, what more inspiration do you need if you post this quote on your fridge to read everyday? I bet you’d take an apple over cheez-it’s with this quote in mind. Share it with your kids and family to help them see the connection between food and health. If they know that the choices they make will effect how they feel and how likely they are to have or not have health issues in the future, they may think twice before heading towards the processed snack foods.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ~Ann Wigmore

This healthy eating quote is along the same line as the one above; eat well to heal yourself, or eat poorly to not live as long.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~Hippocrates

Along the same lines, but this quote is ancient and so valuable it had to be listed here. It also shows how sad society is; we have had this information since the time of Hippocrates, yet look at how the general population eats. Take note of this ancient knowledge and eat well!

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~Thomas Edison

I wish there was more preventative care for health through nutrition; that doctors were required more nutritional training than they currently have. Where I am now, my OBGYN, who is also my girls pediatrician, seems knowledgeable about nutrition. And, had no worries when I told her I eat a mostly vegan diet. However, the first pediatrician my oldest child went to, the same doctor I had as a kid, it was obvious he didn’t know much about child nutrition; when he tells me and my husband that our barely 1 year old can eat pretty much anything and insisting on feeding her meat and dairy. (I didn’t, of course, finding healthier, plant based alternatives, instead.)

“The best doctor gives the least medicine.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Unfortunately, that’s not what it seems like doctors think. Obviously, there are some doctors who are great at not prescribing medication as a first instinct. But most regular doctors, they went to school for medicine, not nutrition. So, it’s not entirely their fault. Honestly, health insurance should pay for everyone to see a nutritionist once a year for preventative health; they’d save so much money in the long run! Plus, we would have a healthier and more health aware country. I didn’t understand the connection between what I ate and how I felt til college, imagine if kids understood this while still very young.

“You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, cheap, easy, or fake.” ~Unknown

This may, or may not, be an appropriate quote to share with kids. But, it does hold a bit of truth in it, not entirely, but a bit. You can certainly eat healthy for cheap, but it’s not always going to be a quick meal. An exception to healthy eating being quick would be eating a piece of fruit or raw veggies, like a salad. The most truth from this quote comes from the quote referring to unhealthy food as fake. Healthy food is real and whole; wouldn’t you rather be and feel real and whole than fake?

“Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.” ~Astrid Alauda

This healthy eating quote is so important. Teach it to your children, especially older children to help with their self esteem and to help them eat better. This is another one I’d highly recommend printing off and taping to your fridge.

“Even in this high-tech age, the low-tech plant continues to be the key to nutrition and health.” ~Jack Weatherford

So simple, maybe that’s why so many people miss it. Everyone’s always looking for the next best thing, we on’t even realize that it’s the simple things that are usually the best for us!

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” ~Robert Urich

And, they don’t just mean this about what you eat! Teach your children not only to eat well to feel well, but also to be beautiful on the inside by being kind and compassionate.

“Investing in early childhood nutrition is a surefire strategy. The returns are incredibly high.” ~Anne M. Mulcahy

THIS!! This is so important and far too often overlooked. I still remember how shocked I was when my oldest daughters first doctor told us that she could eat anything and emphasized that she should eat meat! He wanted me to feed my precious baby girl, who’s only ever had breast milk, water, and freshly made home made baby food; rotting carcasses of animals, no thanks. If only it were a requirement, or at least covered by health insurance, to go to a nutritionist or at least provide new parents with a free child nutrition class.

“Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.” ~Socrates

As good as some foods are, always remember that you are not living on this Earth to simply consume. We consume food to give us energy, heal us, and keep us alive!

“Came from a plant, eat it; was made in a plant, don’t.” ~Michael Pollan

I love this quote, it just makes so much sense and should be easy for kids to remember, too. If it came from a plant then it’s good for them, and us, to eat; if it looks like it was processed, or has an ingredient list that our children can’t read some of the ingredients, then just don’t bother with it.

 

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.“ ~La Rochefoucald

Anyone can eat, and we all need to. But, this quote shows that it can take some time and effort to eat to the best of our abilities, to promote healing the body instead of harming it. Don’t worry, it’s not that difficult. The easiest way to ensure eating well is by meal planning.

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“He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.” ~Chinese Proverb

This proverb is basically telling us to not just take medicine to get better, but to change our diet in a way that we stop getting sick. I bet the pharmaceutical companies wouldn’t appreciate this proverb!

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” ~Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

This quote let’s us know that what we eat can determine who/what we are. Kind of like the quote ‘you are what you eat’.

“Every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish your body.” ~Unknown

Such a great quote, and so true! You can replenish your fluids with water and keep yourself hydrated and beautiful, or eat fresh fruits and veggies to help you feel your best and feel nourished.

“There is nothing unhealthy about educating youngsters about nutrition.” ~Pierre Dukan

Who wouldn’t agree with this quote? Kids love to learn, why not teach them about what they should and shouldn’t put in their mouths (other than to not eat money, bouncy balls, or other small objects they find on the ground). I do this without even realizing it anymore; my daughters enjoy watching health documentaries with me, and my 6 year old can tell you what fruits you should eat (or vitamin) if you want to boost your immune system. She’ll also tell you the healthiest drink you can have is water, maybe a home made smoothie…

“Health is a relationship between you and your body” ~Terri Guillemets

And, you should never forget it! Treat your body well with the right foods and it’ll treat you well, helping you to live a long and healthy life.

“Nutrition is the only remedy that can bring full recovery and can be used with any treatment. Remember, food is our best medicine!” ~Bernard Jensen

There are some health conditions where you need certain medications to get better, but for the most part and for the more chronic diseases; the best thing you can do is eat better and provide your body with proper nutrition. Anyone who has watched a health documentary, including my 6 year old, can tell you that.

“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.” ~Josh Billings

How true is that? It’s like when we were teenagers and could eat anything we wanted and not see a difference in our body. But, after we have kids, or get past our mid 20’s, if we don’t eat well we can tell with our energy levels and how we feel after eating.

“Healthy is merely the slowest rate at which one can die.” ~Unknown

Well, that’s one way to think of it.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” ~Proverb

This is probably the first quote, or proverb, I’ve ever heard about food. For the most part it’s true, and if you interpret the apple as simply eating healthy, then yes, completely true. However, some people shouldn’t have apples, such as some people who have IBS or gut issues; if that’s you or your child, interpret this quote as eating healthy keeps the doctor away, not eating an apple.

“Processed foods not only extend the shelf life, but they extend the waistline as well.” ~Karen Sessions

Ha, I love this quote because it’s so true. Companies pay big bucks to make their food shelf-stable, and people want to make sure that they don’t buy expired food. But, the further away the expiration date, the more you should really take a look at the ingredient list. Teach this to your child before they even start worrying about their weight. It’s always best to teach kids to eat healthy from the get go, than to have to help a child lose weight once they’ve gone too far off a healthy path.

“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”  ~Michael Pollan

I don’t have great grandparents anymore, my great-grandfather passed away about 2 years ago, but I’m pretty sure he’d be around 105 years old today if he were still alive. There weren’t all that many processed foods available when he was young, that’s the way food is supposed to be.

“Eating a high-nutrient diet actually makes you more satisfied with less food, and actually gives the ability to enjoy food more without overeating.” ~Joel Fuhrman

Did you know that many Americans are starving? Not from lack of food, but lack of nutrients coming from food, that’s why this quote makes so much sense. The more real food you eat, the more nutrients you get, and therefore your body is satisfied and not craving the next high calorie/high fat item you come across. Your body is able to tell when you’re full and helps you stop eating when you are, unlike eating fast food, or other highly processed ‘food’.

“Healthy eating is a way of life, so it’s important to establish routines that are simple, realistically, and ultimately livable.”   ~Arthur Agatston

This is true, that’s why fad diets don’t help you lose weight, or they do but then you gain more weight back when you stop them. You can start slow with eating healthy if your diet isn’t the best, too. That way you’re more likely to keep it up. Start by adding more fruits and veggies into your diet. Don’t consider ‘unhealthy’ food in your diet, and never try removing certain foods completely. Just keep adding more healthy food into your diet until there’s no more room for the unhealthy ones.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”  ~Jim Rohn

Seriously, it is. They haven’t developed a way to transfer ‘you’ to another body, yet. (At least not fully or successfully 100% of the time.) So, treat you body kind by providing it with the right foods!

“Mainstream medicine would be way different if they focused on prevention even half as much as they focused on intervention…”  ~Anonymous

It would be, and that’s totally OK! I know, I keep saying that health insurance should cover nutrition counseling, but what better way to prevent illnesses and disease than to be informed about how we should eat. Maybe we get health education in high school, but really, what teenager actually pays attention to what they tell you to eat in school? Things would be a bit different if a professional in the field of nutrition told you what you should be eating to feel your best and stay healthy.

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”  ~William Shakespeare

This quote is beautiful, but that’s to be expected, it’s Shakespeare. Oh, how I miss my Shakespeare class from college. What he’s saying is that keeping our bodies beautiful on the inside takes will power and dedication, it’s not always easy, but totally worth it.

“Health is not simply the absence of sickness.”  ~Hannah Green

Health is feeling good, feeling alive, having the energy and stamina to not only get through life, but thrive! It’s not just not being sick. And, you can’t always tell if someone is healthy by the way they look; someone who looks healthy because they are thin could spend their days drinking soda and eating junk, while someone who may be a bit heavier could be very healthy and drink water and eat their greens. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

“Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.”  ~Mike Adams

Believe it or not, and as hard as it is to hear; it’s true. So, eat healthy, feed your kids healthy food, and make sure you all exercise. My 3 year old decides to get her energy out by making me chase her around her sisters school when picking her up…

“Sorry, there´s no magic bullet. You gotta eat healthy and live healthy to be healthy and look healthy. End of story.”  ~Morgan Spurlock

‘End of Story’. Just do it, eventually you’ll start to even enjoy it.

“By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgement.”  ~Steve Maraboli

This is important, not only for us, but for our daughters, as well. When I was younger I thought the goal for being attractive was to be skinny and to always stay skinny; that’s not true at all. Eat well and exercise. Being fit, feeling well, and having self-love is so much more attractive than being skinny.

“When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” Rashaski · Zen Proverb

This proverb is all about focusing on one thing at a time. Slow down, appreciate the food you’re eating, don’t rush. Don’t eat just to eat, eat to enjoy the food, the company, and all that the food can do for your body.

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For When You Need a Little Healthy Eating Inspiration…

Make sure to pin this post on Pinterest so you always know where to find it, and make sure you share it on Facebook and Twitter, too!

It’s hard enough to stay dedicated to eating well all the time, encourage your friends with quotes on social media and download the pdf to print out the quotes to hang on your fridge to remind yourself and  family!

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17 Healthy and Delicious Snack Recipes You Can Freeze

Looking for healthy snack recipes you can freeze and always have on hand? Take a look at these ideas and learn how to make freezer friendly snacks for kids! #freezerfriendly #kidssnacks #healthrecipes #veganrecipes #stresslessbehealthy

17 Healthy and Delicious Snack Recipes You Can Freeze

All us moms know that snacks are a necessity when it comes to raising kids; whether healthy or not, kids can eat like nobody’s business! And, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the snacks they eat, it can be a daunting task when we want to eat healthy home made food every time they eat! That is why having an arsenal of healthy snack recipes you can freeze is so important!

To be honest, I was going to simply round up recipes for snacks that can be made ahead of time. But, I’ve found, with my own experience with my own kids, that snacks that can be stored in the freezer last a whole lot longer! Out of sight, out of mind, right? My oldest daughter is barely tall enough to see a tiny bit into the freezer.

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What’s so Great About Freezer Snacks?

Other than the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ aspect, there is a whole slew of advantages to making recipes you can freeze!

Using recipes you can freeze also means that you can make a few batches, or different recipes, at a time and not have to worry about snacks for an entire month, possibly longer. So, it saves you a ton of time and stress from worrying that there’s nothing healthy for you or your kids to eat. Which brings me to the next point…

You know exactly what is going into snacks, can alter ingredients when needed, and not have to worry about high sugar or salt content. Shelf stable snacks tend to have quite a bit of sugar and salt, along with other not so healthy ingredients in them. See, salt helps preserve the food, and the more salt you put into a ‘sweet’ food, the more sugar is needed to be added, as well, to keep it tasting sweet. Unfortunately, there are other preservative ingredients in some snack, shelf stable, foods; like BHT or BHA and TBHQ.

You can avoid the snack isles at the grocery store! That’s sure something to celebrate, especially if you bring your kids with you to get groceries. The less middle isles (you know- the ones with kids characters and cartoons plastered on all the unhealthy processed foods that big food companies want kids to get addicted to, so the companies have life-long customers) the better.

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The Time Saving, Sanity Saving Recipes You Can Freeze!

I can’t say enough how great if feels to know you have a freezer full of snacks, so the next time your child says ‘Mom, I’m hungry’ you don’t have to feel unprepared; simply open the freezer and choose a few snacks to offer them!

So, without further ado, here are some wonderfully healthy (as in as plant based as possible, but most definitely vegan)  snack recipes that you can freeze.

(Some recipes are also allergy free, gluten free, raw vegan, have hidden veggies, and picky eater friendly!)

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The Best Energy Bites Recipe of All Time

the best energy bites
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Energy bites are a great ‘on the go’ snack that you can make ahead of time. We keep ours in the freezer and a double batch usually lasts us about a month, or it did before my youngest child started begging for them, too! They’re also perfect for anyone because you can change up the ingredients to your liking, or if you can’t have certain ingredients. But, the recipe I have here is super healthy, with peanut butter, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and more! You’re going to want to go check it out!

 

Instant Pot Applesauce

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I love making applesauce for my girls, it has never lasted long enough to test if it freezes, though. Unlike my recipe, this one is made in an instant pot and has simple directions for either canning, refrigerating, or freezing the applesauce when done making it; making it a great make ahead snack recipe for when you have a ton of apples! I don’t know about you and your kids, but in my home we’d love to always have applesauce available.

*You’ll need an Instant Pot to make this recipe.

 

Surprisingly Delicious Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe!!!

Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe
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Sure, some muffins are best fresh, actually most probably are. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t still taste good if frozen and then warmed up! Make a double batch of these muffins, the first batch doesn’t last very long, freeze on a cookie tray, and once frozen place in a freezer bag or freezer safe container. Take some out the night before you want them, or warm them in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. I do this with muffins all the time. I love having muffins on hand as an easy delicious snack, and so do my girls! Get the recipe here.

 

VEGAN FRUIT & OAT BARS (DAIRY, NUT, GLUTEN, EGG AND SUGAR-FREE)

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On the same note as energy bites, with being super healthy and easily thaws out after being frozen, these fruit and oat bars will surely be a nice treat for your kids in their lunches, or you through out the day! Make them once a week and they should last, at least the school days if only three people are eating them. Simply double the batch if you need more. Find the recipe here.

*You’ll need a food processor for this recipe.

 

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies
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If you need a freezer friendly snack that has a little chocolate in it; this is for you! This recipe is super simple and great to start teaching kids how to bake, just make sure your supervise when it comes to using the food processor. It also adds a powerful punch of protein with not only chickpeas, but also peanut butter! I always have to make sure these are made and in the freezer; they’re my daughters favorite treat to bring for lunches. One batch should be enough for 2 weeks, but I usually end up having to add this to the list of foods to meal prep over the weekend…every week. Get the recipe here.

*You’ll need a food processor for this recipe.

 

HEALTHY NO BAKE POST HOLIDAY ENERGY BITES – VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE

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Another variation of energy bites, peanut-allergy friendly unlike the one above. They do have other nuts/nut butters and dried fruit in them, so if you’re not a chocolate and peanut butter fan (crazy), but then these would be for you! They should last in the freezer up to about a month, just like the ones above. Get the recipe here.

 

Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffins

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Just like the apple muffin recipe above, this one freezes well and only takes about 20 seconds to defrost in the microwave and be ready to eat! Your kids, and you, will be thankful when you make a double batch of these and can eat them all week long. Grab the recipe here.

 

Easy Healthy Chickpea Cookies

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*You’ll need a food processor for this recipe.

Quinoa Mini Muffins with Sweet Potato

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TASTE THE RAINBOW BLISS BALLS (GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN)

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These bliss balls are sure to your childs favorite! They’re somewhat like energy bites, just a little bit different. And, Casey found a natural way to color these the colors of the rainbow (for the most part) without any color dyes (yay!). There’s ingredients for yellow, blue/green, chocolate (not necessarily a color, but I’ll try it) , indigo, and pink.

CRUNCHY CARAMEL APPLE ENERGY BALLS (GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN)

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You can never have enough energy ball recipes! These ones are made with apple sauce and other super health ingredients, plus like most energy balls, freeze well! Get the recipe here.

MAKE VEGAN AND RAW LEMON BARS FOR A HEALTHY NO-BAKE DESSERT

 

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Bags

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Alright, so smoothies aren’t 100% make ahead (I’ve tried freezing a whole smoothie before, it didn’t turn out well). But, you can prep all of the fruit and veggies ahead of time so all you have to do is dump it into your blender, add liquid and blend. It can’t get much easier than that! Try out the recipes included here, and check out their other suggestions.

 

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN BLUEBERRY BANANA BREAD

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I always loved my moms banana bread growing up…Luckily, this recipe is quite a bit healthier, vegan, and has blueberries! Usually, any type of quick bread won’t last more than a day in my household, but just in case you can get this bread to last the night, it freezes well. Maybe make a few loaves and freeze some for the future, you’ll be glad you did! Get the recipe here.

 

SWEET POTATO BROWNIES (VEGAN + GF)

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Don’t worry, there’s no added sugar in these brownies. But, since they are brownies, you’re kids will think your awesome for having the great idea to make these! Plus, they freeze well, so you can cut then and save them in the freezer so they don’t all disappear in the same day they’re made. Or, make two batches and the next time you or one of your kids is having a chocolate craving, you’ll be all set! Get the recipe here.

 

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

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I know there’s a blueberry muffin recipe towards the beginning of this post, but I can’t guarantee that ones gluten free, and both recipes have quite different recipes. This recipe makes a more fluffy muffin! Check out the recipe here.

 

Chewy Banana Quinoa Bars – Vegan, Gluten, and Peanut Free

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These bars are super healthy, absolutely nutritious enough for you to feel good about giving to your kids for a snack anytime! Plus, they freeze well, so make a batch, have one or a few and freeze the rest for another snack time. Get the recipe here.

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I hope the recipes above will help you in your journey of raising healthy kids, staying on track with your own eating habits, and save your sanity!

There are so many unhealthy, processed, snack foods out there to tempt us; with their convenience and engineered flavoring to make them taste ‘good’. Beat of the temptation by making and freezing plenty of snacks for the month so you don’t have cave in and buy processed ones you know aren’t good for you or your kids!

Leave a comment letting me know which ones you will make this month.

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28 Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas (with Recipes)

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28 Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas (with Recipes)

Are you frustrated trying to come up with toddler meal ideas that your little one will actually eat, enjoy, and get some actual nutrients out of?

I was.

Feeding a toddler is difficult all on it’s own. Add the fact that you actually want what they eat to be good for them, that’s a whole new game!

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In my opinion, the healthiest foods for toddlers, or for anyone for that matter, are going to be foods that are natural and as plant based as possible. Therefore, the recipes below are all 100% vegan and as close to plant based as possible; though their counterparts may have dairy, eggs, or other animal products in them.

Getting a toddler to eat can be frustrating, whether they are picky, or simply can’t tell you in words, yet, what they want to eat or what they like. Their communication skills are still developing and therefore it’s harder to feed them because of this, than with an older child who can tell you exactly what they like, or don’t like, and why.

Don’t make it any harder on yourself, try out the recipes below that other parents (myself included) have had success with for their toddlers. There are recipes for breakfasts and lunches/dinners, if you’re looking for toddler snack ideas go here or sign up below for 130+ snack ideas from A to Z.

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Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s true!

What you, or your child eats for breakfast will determine how hungry you are for the rest of the day and the type of foods that sound good to you. Along with starting up your metabolism for the day, and more!

Plus, for little ones, we need to make sure they eat enough to hold them over til snack time, otherwise they’ll be grazing all morning long. So, go ahead and check out some of the delicious breakfasts below and try some out for your toddler, and yourself!

Mini Gluten-Free Cinnamon Pancake Bites (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

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These are perfect for little hands, and no forks needed, unlike regular pancakes. You do need a mini muffin tray to make these, but it’s totally worth it! Go check out this toddler friendly breakfast here.

 

Healthy Vegan Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Healthy Vegan Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe
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You can’t get much healthier than smoothie bowls; they’re all fruits, veggies, and non-dairy milk (or water). Follow the recipe as it reads, or use it as a guide and use the fruits and veggies your toddler loves most!

 

HEALTHY DATE BARS | NO BAKE ENERGY BARS (GLUTEN FREE)

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With only four ingredients, these date bars are absolutely healthy and pure enough to give to a toddler. Plus, it’s classified as Indian cuisine, so you can widen your childs taste buds to food of other cultures! These do contain nuts, which is the only thing I could think of that may be a downside. If they have a specific nut allergy, you can always sub out what type of nut to use, though!
*Need a Food Processor to make.

Mini Chickpea Flour Vegan Frittata Bites (Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free)

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If your toddler isn’t much for sweet breakfasts and would prefer a savory one; have them try this frittata! It’s bite size, ok, well, it may take a few bites for them to finish one, but you get the point; it’s small and meant for little hands. Plus, it’s a great way to get more veggies into your toddlers diet, which is always a bonus for any meal of snack.

 

Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffins

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This is my personal blueberry muffin recipe that my girls and I love! They have a secret ingredient that helps keep them moist and delicious. Check it out here!

 

Healthy Vegan Brussels Sprouts Hash Recipe

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Make this healthy, savory dish for your toddler for breakfast to add some veggies into their day early on. If you have older kids who think brusselsprouts are gross, they probably won’t even recognize them after put together like they are in this recipe!

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FLUFFY VEGAN PANCAKE WITH EXTRA PROTEIN

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Toddlers love pancakes, or at least my kids have always loved pancaked. And, these pancakes truly do have extra protein in them, without protein powder! Because little kids shouldn’t have protein powder in their diet. Plus, if you’re used to baking or cooking vegan or plant based, you probably already have the ingredients on hand. I know I do!

 

APPLE CINNAMON OATMEAL

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Oatmeal is such a healthy and delicious breakfast option for toddlers. If you made homemade baby food for your little ones before they started eating more solids, then oatmeal should be pretty familiar to them already. This oatmeal recipe has some added ingredients to help increase the protein and omega-3 fatty acids in it. So, it’s a win-win!

 

Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

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If your toddler is a bit of a picky eater (I completely know how you may be feeling), rest assured that this oatmeal recipe is quite simple with not many ‘extras’. Honestly, the only ‘extra’ they will see in it are blueberries, and in my experience toddlers love blueberries! Go ahead and give this recipe a try, just don’t expect leftovers if you try it, too.

 

Instant Pot Oatmeal With Chocolate + Tutorial {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Oatmeal is great for breakfast for anyone, but add chocolate to it, and it could just be your toddlers next favorite breakfast, or yours! Check out this chocolate oatmeal recipe to give it a try.

*Instant pot is required for recipe.

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Lunch or Dinner Toddler Meal Ideas

I don’t know about you and your family, but for myself and mine, lunch and dinner seem to be pretty interchangeable.

We don’t have fancy 3 or 4 course dinners that are hot and ready when my husband gets home (sorry, not sorry). I’m not a perfect housewife from the 1950’s!

Acceptable dinners can be the same as lunches, and in some cases, even the same as breakfast. My girls love to have breakfast dinners! Sometimes we just want something sweet, and not savory.

The meals below are specifically toddler friendly and won’t take forever to make, cause we don’t have forever to make it. Not with a fussy, hangry toddler around!

 

Vegan Baked Ziti Recipe

Vegan Baked Ziti Recipe

These mini baked ziti cups are perfect for toddlers, and were actually created with toddlers in mind! Just be sure to give them more than one when they ask; my youngest easily ate about 3 of these cups when she was barely two years old! Check out the recipe here.

 

Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Lunchables (Vegan, Allergy-Free, Grain-Free)

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Remember having lunchables as a kid? I do. I don’t think our parents knew all that much about the convenience foods they were giving us, or just wanted us to stop asking for them…Either way, my point is that lunchables aren’t that healthy when store bought. But, if you make them yourself, like Rebecca does, they’re actually pretty healthy and an easy lunch to give your toddler, or pack in your older childs lunch for school!

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Baked Mini Gluten-Free + Vegan Mac & Cheese Bites (Allergy-Free)

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What toddler will pass up mac and cheese? I haven’t met one yet! And, this mac and cheese is the perfect size for toddlers. Find out how to make these here.

 

Delicious Diced Veggie Vegan Burritos

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Inspired by Moe’s Mexican Restaurant, these burritos are full of good stuff for your little one. If they won’t eat it as a burrito (like my girls wouldn’t), you can always use the filling as a dip and have them dip tortilla chips in it! Check it out here.

 

Homemade Spaghetti O’s (Allergy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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Did you love Spaghettios growing up? I didn’t, but my husband did. And, when he was a stay at home dad he would feed them to my oldest daughter for lunch or dinner. I, on the other hand, won’t. Instead I make it homemade for myself, toddler, and kindergartner. It’s really not that difficult either, check out the recipe here!

How to Make Awesome Avocado and Tomato Sandwiches

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Ok, so some of the recipes on here may take some time to make, and what happened to a simple sandwich for lunches (or dinners), anyways? This recipe does require some type of heat, whether from a toaster or on the stove, but it’s the perfect, healthy alternative to a grilled cheese! Not only your toddler will love it, but you will, too! Seriously, when I worked outside the home, I used to bring these to work for lunch.

 

PIZZA TOFU

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This Pizza Tofu recipe is perfect for little ones to dip in marinara sauce, because what toddler doesn’t love to dip their food in stuff? That’s my toddler’s favorite part of any meal.

 

MAC AND CHEESE WITH PUMPKIN

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Yes, there are more than one mac and cheese recipe on this list. When it comes to vegan mac and ‘cheese’, there are so many different ways to make it; the first recipe your toddler tries they may or may not like, so make sure you give all the recipes a try! Check out this mac and cheese recipe here.

 

Busy Mom’s Tofu Scramble Wrap Recipe

tofu scramble wrap

This recipe is super simple to make, and quick. I know you see tofu in the name, and might be thinking it may take awhile because you’ll have to press the tofu; but you don’t! In this recipe, we use heat to get rid of the excess water in the tofu, which is much quicker than pressing it (especially without a tofu press).

 

Baked Zucchini Tater Tots

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These cute little veggie filled tater tots may not be a complete meal for a toddler, but they’d make a great side dish for any of the recipes above! Check them out here.

Silky Vegan Mac and Cheese

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You can never have enough vegan mac and ‘cheese’ recipes to try! This recipe has an ingredient that I’d never think to put in it, take a look here.

Socca Three Ways! (Gluten Free Chickpea Flatbread)

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Dairy Free Mac & Cheese with Roasted Sweet Potato

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Mozzarella Sticks – Gluten Free and Vegan

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Another side dish to consider for your little one. Or, let them have it as a full small meal. Toddlers love to dip their food in sauces, and other things; find the recipe for these mozzarella sticks here.

 

CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC N’ CHEESE

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Another version of vegan mac and cheese! Whether your toddler has already tried several vegan mac recipes and hated them all, or loved them all, this is another one that you need to make for them. It’s great for older kids (and us, as parents) too.

 

Vegan Rainbow Vegetable Tortilla Wrap {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

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Wraps are always an easy meal to make. My toddler always tends to open it up and eat only what’s on the inside, though. Luckily, this wrap has you cut the veggies into strips and includes hummus, so your toddler could easily just dip the veggies in the hummus and call it a meal!

 

Spinach, Dandelion, and Mushroom Pasta (Kid-Approved)

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This pasta recipe will make it really easy to get some extra veggies into your toddlers diet. This one may work best if you don’t have older children, who thinks anything green to eat is gross, telling younger children it’s gross. (I may just be talking from experience on this one!)

 

The Best Slow Cooker Vegan Chili

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Chili isn’t usually on a toddlers favorites menu, but maybe with this recipe it will be! Super easy to make, though you will need a slow cooker/crockpot. And, with the toppings for this recipe, like avocado, I know my toddler will love it. My girls are huge fans of avocado, they’d eat half an avocado everyday if I bought enough of them every week.

Related Post to Toddler Meal Ideas: 10 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes My Kids Go Crazy For

Feeding a toddler isn’t always that easy, especially if they are picky eaters or have picky eater older siblings who try to influence their decisions. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything, haha.

And, yes, there are plenty more meal ideas for toddlers than the ones mentioned above. I just wanted to make sure you had plenty of different ideas, and recipes to refer to, for trying to help your toddler find healthy meals that they’ll actually enjoy.

If you need more ideas, please feel free to follow my picky toddler meals board on Pinterest and make sure you pin this post so you can find it later!!

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And, let me know your experiences with the recipes and toddler meal ideas from above, in the comments below. I’d love to know which recipes your toddlers enjoy!!

 

26 Healthy Toddler Snack Recipes That Your Picky Eaters will Love

Check out these homemade and super healthy toddler snack recipes. Completely vegan, picky eaters approve, and pretty easy to make! You need these ideas with little ones in your home. #toddlersnacks #toddlersnackideas #kidsnacks #healthysnacksrecipesandideas #stresslessbehealthy

26 Healthy Toddler Snack Recipes That Your Picky Eaters will Love

How hard is it for you to find enough healthy toddler snack recipes to keep your little one full til the next meal of the day?

If your little ones are anything like mine, I’m going to guess it’s pretty difficult. Especially if your after the type of snacks for your toddler that will do more good for your child than just fill them up for the time being.

You know, the kind that have vitamins and minerals, maybe even some fiber, but definitely ‘good for you’ ingredients.

If only ‘normal’ stores sol snacks like that, or if they weren’t so expensive!

We all want the best for our little ones, and in my opinion, one of the best things we can do for them is feed them whole, nutritious foods, from day one….well, maybe not day one. But, as soon as they start eating more than just baby food.

That’s why I’ve gathered the snack recipes below! Because, it’s hard to find those snacks made with ‘good for you’ nutrients, and you have enough to worry about with caring for your toddler! (Pssst….you might want to go make sure they aren’t pulling all the toilet paper off the roll.)

Looking for healthy snacks that add a powerful punch of protein? Check out 23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School Snacks

About the Healthy Toddler Snacks Below

There are some savory, some sweet, and even some copycats of store bought snacks below.

Like recipes for healthy (vegan/gluten free/allergy free/grain free) goldfish crackers and cheez its. Thank goodness, right!

You’ll also find snacks that are excellent for toddlers to dip in things, because we know they love to dip food (and usually make a bit of a mess).

Muffins, cookies, pudding, and even homemade ice cream! We can’t blame them for having a sweet tooth, they probably got it from us anyways.

Some of the recipes below are mine, and many more are from others. So, they have been tested by my kids, others kids, and probably quite a few adults, as well.

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Mozzarella Sticks – Gluten Free and Vegan

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These, your little one will love! However, I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re just starting to go vegan (or haven’t found a vegan cheese – either homemade or bought – that you like yet). This recipe also calls for an egg replacement; I always use flax eggs, 1 tablespoon flaxmeal (ground flaxseeds) mixed with 2 1/2 tablespoons of water.

 

Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffins

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You can’t go wrong with blueberry muffins and toddlers, unless of course if they are allergic to blueberries. This recipe has a secret ingredient to help keep them moist and delicious. A must, to add to your recipe book and make every once in awhile as a special treat! Check out the recipe here.

 

 

Oven Baked Beet Chips

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If you tell your toddler what these are, and have been influenced by others to think beets are gross, then these may not be a favorite at first. But, if they have no prior encounters with beets, or likes the pretty pinkish color, then these will be an immediate hit with them. Check out the recipe here.

 

The Best Energy Bites Recipe of All Time

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Looking for a healthy vegan energy bites recipe? Try out this easy no bake energy bites recipe for yourself and kids as a healthy snack; with peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate to help with your sweet tooth! Check out the recipe here.

 

VEGAN APRICOT AND DATE OAT FLAPJACKS

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What toddler doesn’t love applesauce?! Make this sweet and simple applesauce and your kids, big and small, won’t let it last the day! Seriously, you’ll need to steal some for yourself before giving it to your kids to make sure you get some. Grab the recipe here.

 

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Chocolate Banana Coconut Chia Pudding

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If your little one loves chocolate, this dessert like snack should be a no brainer to give them. It’s chia seed base will provide them with omega-3 fatty acids (you know, the ones that barely enough people in this country consumer), plus protein to help keep them full til the next meal! Check it out here.

 

Surprisingly Delicious Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe!!!

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The only reason these are ‘surprisingly delicious’ is because everyone in my family liked it, from toddler to husband! And, the fact that I just threw a bunch of ingredients together (wrote them down) and they tasted awesome! Of course, they come out the same each and every time, so no worries about them being a one time wonder! Get the recipe here.

 

HEALTHY OVEN BAKED ZUCCHINI CHIPS RECIPE – NO BREADING

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Baked Zucchini Tater Tots

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My Go to Green Smoothie Recipe

Green Smoothie Recipe
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Once your toddler is able to drink from a cup, or straw, without making a mess, they will love this smoothie. And, so will you! It has fruits, veggies, and healthy fats/proteins, to give you a balanced snack for your toddler, and an energy booster for yourself. Go check it out here.

 

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HEALTHY DATE BARS | NO BAKE ENERGY BARS (GLUTEN FREE)

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If your toddler likes the snack bars that can be bought at the store, but you want a less processed version that you can control the ingredients for; you will want to check out these healthy date bars!

NO BAKE HEALTHY VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE RICE CRISPY CAKES

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I don’t know of any toddler (at least of mine) that would deny chocolate anything. This doesn’t have a ton of sugar in it like you might expect! So, it’s perfectly fine to give to your toddler as a healthy snack, at least every once in awhile! Get the recipe here.

 

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I hope this made finding Healthy Toddler Snack Recipes that your little one will enjoy, much easier

That’s why I’m so grateful we have the internet. We can all share the healthy snacks we make with our kids, and find awesome food bloggers with the same mindset as us; wanting to raise healthy kids, who eat as close to natural and whole foods as possible.

I hope your toddler, picky eaters, and even yourself, love the recipes above. They may not all be huge wins, especially with picky eaters, but they should be close, even if it’s something you make once a month; just one less store bought snack, and one more healthy toddler snack that will help your child grow into a healthy adult (hopefully not anytime soon)!

22 Mouth Watering No Guilt Vegan Desserts Recipes

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22 Mouth Watering No Guilt Vegan Desserts Recipes

Yes! It is possible to have mouth watering desserts that are vegan, too!

And, let me let you in on a little secret…

The most delicious, mouth watering, guilt free, vegan desserts, are going to be the ones you make yourself!

Or, if you’re lucky enough to live near a vegan bakery, or store/restaurant, where they make the desserts there and you know they are using whole foods; then you might get away with not having to make the food yourself.

Or, better yet, if you know someone who makes amazing, healthy, vegan desserts; just become friends with them and maybe they’ll make you some.

Unfortunately, I’m not lucky enough for either of those. And, I’ve learned that I I’ve been living in a pretty small town these past two years. We have a Walmart, Safeways, and a health foods store.

But, the health food store is expensive. For example, some of the items they have, Walmart also has, and it’s roughly $2 cheaper at Walmart than at the health food store. Add that up for multiple products, and it gets quite expensive, so we don’t go there very often.

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Therefore, most of the recipes below do not include weird ingredients that are going to be hard to find, or that you’ll have to buy online.

Most of the recipes below include whole, healthy ingredients that you want to put in your body, and your kids, because they promote health. They are also mouth watering and delicious, so that’s a plus!

What You’ll Want to Have to Make Some of the Vegan Desserts Recipes Below

While some of the recipes below you won’t need much more than the usual kitchen appliances (like an oven, fridge, or freezer), bowls, and utensils; there are also many recipes that require certain small appliances. I’ve had to learn this the hard way….attempting to make recipes that require a food processor by using a nutri bullet. You know, using what I had at the time. Didn’t turn out so well.

The two small appliances you will need for many of the recipes below is a food processor and some type of blender (this is the one I currently use). It will be quite difficult to make some of the recipes below without one of these.

If you’re interested in other appliances to help make you life easier, either as a vegan or as a busy mom, be sure to check out this page.

 

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MAKE VEGAN AND RAW LEMON BARS FOR A HEALTHY NO-BAKE DESSERT

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These lemon bars look almost too good to eat! Don’t deprive yourself, though. These are stuffed full of nutrients and no unhealthy ingredients. Perfect for vegans, obviously, but also for those with many common food allergies or needing their desserts to be gluten free!

 

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

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Super easy healthy chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe! Your kids will love this and so will you; it has plenty of protein, it’s vegan, great for breakfast, and tastes like a peanut butter cup milkshake! Check it out here.

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DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

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Silky with a richly chocolate flavor, and so easy kids can make it; this recipe must be on your ‘to try’ list for the new year. There’s nothing unhealthy about it, just whole ingredients mixed together into a delicious and guilt free dessert. Check it out here.

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING

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If you’re having a chocolate craving, or a more specific craving for chocolate pudding; this recipe will hit that craving (and leave you with energy and good for you nutrients, no sugar rush!). Go ahead and check out the recipe here.

Easy Healthy Chickpea Cookies

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A healthy cookie recipe that goes great with coffee, though what kind of cookie doesn’t?! Full of protein, potassium, and fiber, you can’t go wrong with this recipe. Check it out here.

 

 

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Healthy Vegan Desserts….

Don’t have to be….

gross

hard to make

made with hard to find ingredients

made with processed ingredients to replace the animal products.

Vegan desserts can be super simple, with very few ingredients.

They can be no bake and raw.

They can be composed of all whole, unprocessed foods.

Some are even made with all fruits and veggies!

But, most importantly, vegan desserts can be mouth watering and delicious!

So, don’t forget to scroll back up and choose one to put on your meal plan for this week.

Want to find out how to turn some of your most loved recipes into healthy ones, too? Check out How to Eat Your Favorite Foods and Be Healthy at the Same Time. And, make sure you grab this handy food swapping cheat sheet to place on your fridge to have the healthiest year, yet!

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14 Healthy Habits for Kids That You Can Help Them Develop

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14 Healthy Habits for Kids That You Can Help Them Develop

We all want our kids to grow up healthy and strong.

Eating the right foods, not becoming obese, and choosing healthy habits.

But, saying we want our children to be healthy,  actually encouraging healthy habits for kids in this country, and making the outcomes reflect our efforts; isn’t what we would hope it is.

As of August 2018 18.5% of children between 2 and 19 years old are obese in the U.S.; that’s more than 13 million children!¹

Of course, there are different reasons (and excuses) for raising a child who becomes obese. It’s sometimes completely out our control; have it be a medical issue, or something else.

But, there are also habits that we can help our children develop, from the time they start eating and moving, that will help them stay healthy their entire lives!

(Grab free printable worksheets here, to encourage your kids to develop healthy habits!)

But, first, let’s go over what a healthy habit for kids is.

What is a healthy Habit?

A healthy habit is simply a behavior that will benefit someone physically or mentally.

A few examples, right off the bat, would be exercise, meditation, and eating the right foods.

But, let’s dig a little deeper, because I’m sure you already knew that exercise, meditation, and eating the right foods are healthy habits. And, telling a child to exercise, meditate, and eat the right foods isn’t going to help them very much when trying to have them develop healthy habits. It’s too vague and they may not even know how to do those things or what it means to practice those habits.

How is a child to know what they should be doing to be healthy when told vague things to do. All it’s going to do is frustrate them and make developing healthy habits something they associate with frustration.

So, let’s go over some healthy habits that you can help, or encourage, your child to start developing.

Remember not to have them start too many at once. Starting too many at once is a good way to overwhelm them and have them associate developing healthy habits with frustration. Start with one, guide them, help them, encourage them, and practice the habit yourself if you can.

Once they have one down, move on to another.

Start with the easiest habit for your child to do; to build up their confidence that they can build healthy habits and improve their life! It’ll make all the other habits a littler easier, too!

 

Healthy Habits for Kids: Nutrition

Focusing on good nutrition is the best thing you can do to help encourage your child to start creating healthy habits of their own.

Be sure to be a good example and eat what you want them to eat, or there’s no sense in encouraging this.

Mama always has the best food on their plate and kids know this; make sure it’s healthy, not just delicious!

Healthy Habit for Kids #1: Drink water

Water is vital for everyone to consume!

If your child is in grade school or middle school, they may have even learned in school that the human body consists of about 70% of the human body. (Roughly 55% – 75% depending on age.²)

This should be the first healthy habit your child should start, if they haven’t already. If you don’t regularly drink water; start NOW!

My girls started drinking water as soon as they could hold a sippy cup.

Water is the only drink your child needs.

Many people may argue that kids need milk growing up, as well. And, I agree that certain types of milk for kids can be very beneficial. But, there are other sources for children to get protein and calcium. I’m not saying to not let your kids have milk, my girls and I drink soy milk every day (it has just as much protein and calcium, but is void of cholesterol and has less sugar than cows milk). What I’m trying to say is that water should be the main, or go to, drink for your kids everyday.

You can help them create, and stick to, this habit by:

  • only having water (and milk) available for your kids to drink
  • don’t buy the sugary drinks like juice and soda
  • let your kids have a special water bottle to take everywhere
  • be a good example and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water

If you like teaching your children new and fun things in a way they can understand; teach them of the importance of water.

Use the Water Tracking sheet in this printable packet to help them keep track of their water intake and turn it into a fun game!

Healthy Habits for Kids #2: Focus on Fruits and Veggies

Everyone knows fruits and veggies are the best foods we can eat!

Your grew up being told to eat your veggies, or maybe you weren’t. But, you still know that they are an important part of our diet, and should be included (and possibly even the main part) of our diets!

Have them choose meals that have a veggie, or veggies, as the base. Such as salads, pasta with veggie sauce (like my vegan ziti), or anything else they can think of. Pinterest may help with this. (Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest here!)

So, help your kids get enough fruits and veggies in their diets a day. Or, at least 5-8 per day.

A few things you can do to help them eat more fruits and veggies are:

(Or teach them to make smoothies by themselves; my 6 year old only needs a little help getting the top on our nutri-ninja cup for making a smoothie, she does the rest herself!)

If your child is a picky eater, check out these tips from 25+ moms to help get your child to eat veggies.

Find Printable worksheets to encourage eating the rainbow in this printable packet!

Healthy Habit for Kids #3: Eat a Solid Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe
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It’s the first thing our kids eat in the morning; it not only needs to replenish them from their nightly fast, but also fuel them for the morning ahead!

Our body needs nutrients, carbs, protein, and fat in the morning; all three macro-nutrients to keep us going all morning long. And, it’s the same for our kids.

Kids need a healthy breakfast; there have even been studies showing that kids who ate breakfast regularly had higher IQ’s. ³

So, let’s get our kids eating a healthy breakfast, whether it’s a school day or not!

Help your child stick with this healthy habit by:

  • making a smoothie for (or with) breakfast
  • make breakfasts ahead of time and freeze or keep in the fridge for the week (think pancakes with oat flours, or oatmeal)
  • encourage the to have fruit/veggies as at least half f their breakfast
  • eat breakfast with them in the morning
  • have everything ready to go the night before

There are a lot of different things your child can have as a healthy breakfast. Variety is your friend when it comes to eating, breakfast included.

However, try to avoid just giving them cereal, toast, or a single serving of fruit for breakfast.

This should ideally be the largest meal of the day!

Healthy Habit for Kids #4: Eat Whole Local Foods (or Grow their own Food)

Eating as local as possible will help the local economy, help support farmers in the community, and the food will generally be healthier (or have less pesticides on them).

Kids may not understand this when young. But, as they grow older, you can talk to them about this and they may feel good about themselves for helping support those in their community.

Or, take this one step further and help them plant a garden of their own to eat from!

Many kids love growing their own food and to take on the extra responsibility. You may be surprised at how into it they are once you start!

Help them with this habit by:

  • taking them to the local farmers market
  • check out localharvest.org to see if there are any farmers markets, co-ops, farms, or more in your area to eat more locally to support your community
  • dedicate a small section of your yard for a small veggie garden
  • have your kids help you grow berry bushes and fruit trees
  • buy potted plants with produce (especially if you are renting your home or don’t have a yard to grow food in
  • take your child to community garden to volunteer (if there is one in your area)
  • take your child to pick apples, berries, or other produce (check the link above for places in your area)

Helping children understand the process from seed to plate, and take on some of the responsibility of their food, can go a long way with creating life time healthy habits!

Healthy Habit for Kids #5: Limit Processed and Fast Food

So far you have learned what to help your child do to start their healthy habits. But, helping your child overcome bad eating habits is just as important.

Hopefully, with all the new healthy eating habits your child will start picking up, it’ll start pushing out the bad eating habits; such as eating processed foods.

By processed foods, in general, we’re talking about foods that come in boxes, bags, cans, or something else; foods that have many ingredients, some of which we don’t even know what they are.

Along with limiting, or avoiding, processed foods, kids should also limit or avoid fast food, as well.

Sure, these two types of foods are convenient and can make life easier when you have a busy life. But, in the long run, these are the foods that are going to contribute to disease and chronic health issues later in life.

You can help your child avoid these types of foods by:

  • meal prepping over the weekend to have healthy food easily available all week long
  • stop buying highly processed foods
  • read labels and ingredient lists on foods before buying
  • tell your child what each ingredient in a food is (even the chemicals, like BHT or MSG)
  • stop eating out (by using the first tip in this list)
  • teach your child how to make home cooked meals (and learn how to, if you don’t know)

Doing these things will help your child eat better now, and eat better after they leave home.

Set your child up for success by teaching them how to cook by themselves. My six year old is already pretty handy in the kitchen and is always asking to help with more. Hopefully, your children can get to the point where they are like that, as well.

Kids usually enjoy helping in the kitchen; it helps them feel included, important, and builds up their confidence!

Healthy Habit for Kids #6: Don’t Overeat

One habit that many people tend to have as adults is overeating.

This causes weight gain, along with other issues and health concerns that come along with that.

We all know that overeating isn’t good for us, but have a hard time stopping because it’s simply what we’re used to.

Help your child avoid overeating and turning overeating into a habit by:

  • setting guidelines for where it’s appropriate to eat (ex. can eat at kitchen table, not in bedroom)
  • keep serving dishes in the kitchen, or off the table
  • show your child how much one serving is
  • teach your child to eat until they are 80% full, then wait 20 minutes to see if they are still hungry or not
  • lead by example
  • don’t starve them (we, including our kids, have a built in system to tell us when we’re full; let that tell your child when to stop eating, not you)

The human body is amazing, in that it signals to our brain when full to helps us from overeating.

The trick is telling whether our child is still hungry, or just wants the next sweet thing that’s available to eat. Do the apple test with your child if this is an issue; if they’re not hungry enough to eat an apple (or another fruit or veggie) then they’re not truly hungry.

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Healthy Habits for Kids: Physical Fitness

It’s said that nutrition is 70% of being healthy and physical fitness is 30% (although, that doesn’t take into consideration mental health).

Whatever you believe, you know that developing habits to help with physical fitness is important to your childs health now, and in the future.

Start encouraging the healthy habits below!

Healthy Habit for Kids #7: Walk When and Where You Can

If you live in town this habit will be easier for you and your child to start.

Even if they don’t get any other exercise during the day; walking everywhere they can will do wonders for their health, and help them improve their health.

Ways you can help:

  • walk, instead of drive, places
  • park as far away from the store as you can
  • go for a daily walk down the street (especially if you don’t live in town and are unable to walk places)

It doesn’t matter where you walk to, just encourage your child to walk more, and walk with them. Be a good example. Use this time to talk to them about their day, or just to find out what’s on their mind. Bonus if you turn this walking time into bonding time, too!

Healthy Habit for Kids #8: Exercise Everyday

Whether your child takes a walk with you everyday, such as walking to school if close enough, or needs another way to get some exercise in their day; be sure to make this happen as often as possible.

A good rule of thumb to know when your child has had sufficient exercise in a day is to find out if they sweat at all that day from exercise. It may sound gross, but that’ll help you determine if the intensity, or length, of exercise if enough to get their blood pumping and heart rate up.

If your child didn’t sweat from exercising, then the exercise they did wasn’t enough for the day.

Now, the intensity and length of exercise a child will need may different from other children and that’s all right. And, of course, if they want to exercise longer, or push themselves, in general, that’s a really good thing!

It’s alright if your child is done exercising after doing 25 jumping jacks, or running around your house one or two times. The more often they do this, the more used to it their body will get, and the more they’ll be able to do.

(Use this rule of thumb for your own exercise, too)

You can help them with this habit by:

  • exercising with them
  • asking them if they can do a little more each day, or each week
  • helping your child write down what they did each day for exercise
  • having your child set fitness goals (ex. be able to do 25 push ups by the end of the month)
  • encourage them to go outside
  • have them create their own work out routine (or you create a simple workout routine for them, or buy a workout video/watch youtube workout videos)
  • play music at home (dancing is great exercise)

Your child may even end up thanking you for helping them create this healthy habit when young.

Exercising can help reduce money mental health issues, and help anyone, in general, simply feel good overall. Along with keeping unwanted weight off, staying fit, increasing confidence, and much more!

Healthy Habit for Kids #9: Stretch in the Morning and/or Before Bed

Do you stretch when you wake up or go to bed?

Do you have any idea how amazing it feels to add stretching into your regular routines?

Stretching not only reduces back pain and helps you and your child become more flexible, it can also reduce stress and improve posture!

I know you want you want the best for your kids, so help them remember to stretch everyday by:

  • setting an alarm once or twice a day as a reminder to stretch
  • adding stretching into their night time routine
  • stretch with them
  • use youtube to learn to stretch right (in case you haven’t done it in awhile either)

Even stretching once a day can have many benefits. Help them add it into their daily routine to help them feel better and reduce stress, such as right before they climb into bed for the night.

Some school classrooms may even help your child develop this habit by having a regular mini yoga class in the classroom. My 6 year old came home after the first week of school so excited because she got to do yoga at school, and loved it!

Healthy Habit for Kids #10: Get Plenty of Sleep

Children need a lot of sleep, whether our kids think they do or not! (I know my girls don’t think they need any more sleep then I do, but they do; their behavior on some days proves it.)

This habit will be harder to help with the older our kids get, so start as young as possible and set a bedtime. In general, kids need anywhere from 8-11 hours of sleep every night. So, if your child wakes up at 6 every morning to eat a healthy breakfast and get ready for school; set their bedtime at 7 the night before.

Even if your child doesn’t fall asleep right away at bedtime, it’ll give them enough buffer time to still get the amount of sleep needed. And, as you probably know, getting enough sleep will help with your childs mood, memory, and more!

Some ways you can help with this healthy habit:

  • set, and stick to, an early bedtime
  • limit screen time through out the day
  • turn all screens off at least 2 hours before bedtime
  • have a relaxing bedtime routine (such as a bath, brush teeth, stretch, read a story, then sleep)
  • keep the volume down after bedtime (such as keeping the volume to your show down, or not doing any cleaning, baking, or cooking that tends to be loud)

Most adults in this country are sleep deprived, so do yourself a favor, and be a good example for your child, and make sure you get plenty of sleep, too!

Healthy Habits for Kids: Mental Health

I know, some people don’t really think mental health matters to someones overall health, but that’s only because they don’t understand it.

Going to school for 4 years focusing on child psychology, neuropsychology, and then obsessing about health and eating well; I can tell you just how important (and related) mental health is to our overall health! But, that’s a lesson for another time. Let’s go over healthy habits for kids mental health, so they can achieve their dreams, become confident, healthy, and happy adults!

Healthy Habit for Kids #11: Practice Affirmations (with Help if Little)

Don’t dismiss affirmations for your child. There are plenty of people who do not believe in the power of affirmations.

Again, many people who don’t believe positive affirmations work, are those who simply don’t understand how they work, or those who have never tried them.

However, they do work and will do wonders to help your child be healthy, happy, and become confident in what they can do.

Click on the image to get the printable!

This is probably one of the easiest healthy habits that you can help with. You  can do so by:

  • saying the affirmations to your child (basically, tell them how wonderful, confident, smart, capable, etc. they are)
  • write out affirmations for your child to say to themselves (if they can read)
  • add this to their morning routine
  • print out positive affirmations from this child’s “My Healthy Habits” workbook and post them where your child will see them in the morning

Don’t underestimate the power of practicing positive affirmations to help your child enjoy their life and love themselves more. It really works and will help keep them happy go lucky, or improve their outlook on life.

How can someone have a negative outlook on life when they’re telling themselves positive things each and every morning first thing when they wake up?

Healthy Habit for Kids #12: Meditate (or Sit in Silence)

By sitting in silence, I do NOT mean encouraging your child to sit silently in front of a screen watching a show or playing video games.

This healthy habit for kids is about shutting out stimulants and introducing peace to the mind and body.

It can be use to decrease stress and anxiety, increase focus and concentration, and improve the outlook on life.

However, just as other healthy mental habits are misunderstood, so is meditation.

How you can help your child meditate (or sit in silence):

  • teach them how (you can quickly learn how here)
  • have them listen to a guided meditation on youtube (if you really don’t get it, or need more help getting them started)
  • respect the time they choose to meditate by keeping the rest of your home quiet
  • mediate at the same time they do (possibly in a separate room to avoid distracting each other)

Starting the habit of meditation may not seem like the most exciting habit, but it is one of the most beneficial!

Don’t feel bad if you and your child struggle with meditating at first, it can be hard to get a hang of. Start with 5 or so minutes and increase the time spent meditating by then. If your child can only sit still and meditate for 5 minutes, that’s better than nothing at all. Increase it by 10 or 15 seconds a time if need be.

Healthy Habit for Kids #13: Read (or be Read to)

You know reading to children from the time they are little is beneficial.

Whether it’s to help them learn to talk, learn the meaning of words, or learn how to read for the first time; reading is a wonderful habit to encourage.

Later in life, they will use skill to read to get through, and possibly excel at, school and every other aspect of their life. The more they read the more they learn, and the ability to learn is one of the best skills anyone can have and hone in on!

A few ways you can encourage this habit:

  • read to them from day one, if possible
  • read to them every night before bed
  • have them read to you, or to themselves, once they are able to
  • keep books in all rooms of the home, and in the car (unless they get car sick when they read in the car)
  • set a dedicated reading time in your home, when everyone reads (doesn’t that just sound nice!)

There are many ways you can encourage your child to read, and with access to thousands of books on ipads and tablets through amazon’s kindleunlimited, there’s no reason not to read. If your child doesn’t have a tablet, ipad, or you’re trying to limit all of their screen time, find your local library and make a weekly trip to get new books for them to read.

There’s just something so nice about opening up and reading an actual physical book!

Healthy Habit for Kids #14: Write (or Draw)

Along side helping you child develop reading as a habit, developing writing, or even drawing, as a habit is just as important.

Children can start drawing as soon as they figure out how to hold a crayon. It may take some time for them to develop their abilities and try to communicate their emotions through their pictures. But, drawing is one of the first ways that a child can express themselves in an appropriate manner to let us know how they truly feel.

Such as, when they start going to school for the first time and they start drawing a picture of themselves sad, and then the next picture they draw a few days later is of them at school and they’re happy. And, they ask you how to spell certain words, like “I” “love” “school”.

Children can have a difficult time expressing how they feel in an appropriate way; helping them develop the habit of drawing, and then later writing, how they feel is amazing for their mental health. It allows their negativity to come out of them, not harming others or throwing a tantrum, and allows them to more easily show appreciation for others. (My daughters teacher has a whole book of drawings, just from my daughter.)

A few ways you can help your child develop this habit:

  • make sure there is always paper and something to write with available to your child
  • encourage them to go color if they say they’re bored
  • draw with them (don’t get annoyed if they ask you to draw a heart or star 50 times in the same sitting)
  • spell out words for them when asked to help teach them to spell
  • teach them how to draw letters, even if not in school yet (dot to dots work really well!)
  • have them write out their feelings and what their grateful for (a gratitude journal) once they are old enough

Writing and drawing isn’t only a great way for our children to express their emotions, it’s great for us to do as well. Especially when it comes to living a more positive life. If you don’t have a gratitude journal, why not start one alongside your child and remind each other to write in it every morning!

 

Remember, One at a Time

Alright, that may have been a lot of information, a lot for you to think about, and a lot for you and your child to implement to start (or continue) your healthy journeys together.

But, I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed. So, remember to choose just ONE to start with and not move onto developing another habit til both of you are ready.

Let’s review the 14 healthy habits for kids:

  1. Drink water
  2. Focus on Fruits and Veggies
  3. Eat a Solid Breakfast
  4. Eat Whole Local Foods (or Grow their own Food)
  5. Limit Processed and Fast Food
  6. Don’t Overeat
  7. Walk When and Where You Can
  8. Exercise Everyday
  9. Stretch in the Morning and/or Before Bed
  10.  Get Plenty of Sleep
  11. Practice Affirmations (with Help if Little)
  12. Meditate (or Sit in Silence)
  13. Read (or be Read to)
  14. Write (or Draw)

There a limitless ways you can help your children develop these healthy habits for kids.

But, one of the best things you can do for you child is to be the best example you can for your child.

Do what you want them to do.

Talk how you want them to.

Eat what you want them to eat.

Feel how you want them to feel.

Because, believe it or not, your children will take after you, even if slightly, and even if they don’t want to admit it.

Don’t forget to save this on Pinterest to refer to later, and share on Facebook for all of your friends who want to raise healthy kids to see.

(Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest.)

You can make a difference in this world, we can make a difference in this world, by raising a healthier future generation. Spread this around!

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¹ https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html

² https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908954/

³ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3606659/

The Ultimate Guide on How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables

Ever wonder how to get kids to eat vegetables? It can be tough sometimes. Learn the advice from 25+ moms on how to get your child to eat their vegetables! #pickyeaters #healthyhabits #healthtips #children #toddlers #moms #momlife #veggies #vegetables #stresslessbehealthy

The Ultimate Guide on How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables: Advice from 25+ Moms

What’s Inside: tips, tricks, and quotes from real moms on how to get kids to eat vegetables, that actually work, even with picky eaters!

 

Have you ever wondered how to get your child to eat their vegetables?

 

I’m sure you probably have!

 

In fact, I’m sure that’s a question all parents end up asking themselves at least once while their kids are little. Between picky eaters and children wanting to test their limits 24/7; it can be hard to imagine how we will ever get past the stage of saying ‘my child won’t eat vegetables‘ whenever we’re asked about their eating habits!

 

Luckily, you will eventually get past that stage…Hopefully! Some parents will get through it more easily than others, but we all may very well struggle, especially with picky eaters. I know, my oldest is a very picky eater and her younger sister is trying to take after her…

 

Sometimes you’ll have to be creative and start sneaking veggies in toddler food for your toddlers, or even hiding them in your own food. Because obviously, whatever is on your plate is way better than what’s on your child’s plate, and they insist on eating what you have, even when the same food is on their plate.

 

I get it, it’s hard sometimes. But, it doesn’t have to continue being a struggle forever!

Check out the amazing advice in the posts and quotes below. Build up your confidence in knowing how to conquer the picky eating and stubbornness that may arise when feeding your kids.

 

Some of the strategies below may even have you feeling and knowing that it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you imagine it to be! So, read on and take our advice, from one mom to another!

 

If you’re wondering “How can I trick my child into eating vegetables?”

First, know that you’re not alone.

Many parents wonder this, especially with picky eaters in the household.

 

Don’t feel like a bad parent for wanting to deceive your child, simply to get them to eat their veggies. You’re only thinking of what’s best for them. You want your child to grow up healthy and strong; and that means that you need to do what you can to help or encourage them to eat the food that is best for them, such as veggies.

 

There’s plenty of recipes you can choose from to sneak veggies into a childs diet. Check some out in this post: 18 Healthy Recipes with Hidden Veggies for Kids

 

And, don’t forget to take advice from the posts and quotes from 25+ real moms below!

 

12 Ways to Get Veggies into a Childs Diet

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Find out 12 different types of food you can sneak veggies into (plenty of recipes to try), along with the pros and cons of sneaking veggies into your childs food.

“I like to hide veggies in other foods. My sons has fallen in love with chocolate zucchini bread. It may not be the most healthy thing, but at least I don’t have to wrestle him to the ground to get him to eat it.” ~Brittany from Figuringitout101.com

 

THE TOP 5 REASONS WHY YOUR KIDS SHOULD EAT BEETS (AND YOU SHOULD TOO)!

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This post teaches you the important of beets, includes healthy recipes for kids to eat beets, and other fun things you can help your child do with beets to encourage them to enjoy and interact wit them. Including making pink play-doh and more! Perfect for little girls and boys who love the color pink, go check it out here.

“Smoothies! I add all sorts of veggies to them and my kids are none the wiser! 😂” ~Lexi from Jesuscoffeeandmomlife.com

 

How to get your child to eat their veggies without sneaking them!

Maybe sneaking veggies into your childs food won’t work for you.

 

Your children are older and will know.

 

Or, maybe you like to be completely honest with your child and encourage you children to eat what’s good for them with knowing it’s good for them.

 

I totally get that!

 

I’m all about trying to get my kids to develop healthy habits and know that they are. Other moms are too, and share many different tips and tricks on how to do this.

 

Check out the tips and posts from real moms below, who are getting their kids to knowingly chow down on veggies!

 

Sometimes, it’s just about they way you present food: from seed to table!

 

A Guide to Healthy Eating for Kids

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This post contains a lot of helpful tips for getting kids to eat their veggies, along with why it is so important. One such tip is making sure your child eats a rainbow everyday. Find out what that means here!

“Make a variety of vegetables in different ways to see what your child likes. Don’t stick with just 4-5 plain vegetables. Spice them up with spices and herbs! Pinterest is amazing for vegetable side dish ideas.” ~Samantha from journeytosahm.com

 

The Picky Eater | Quick and “Dirty” Solutions

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Check out these amazing tips on how to get your kids to eat more veggies, simply by having fun activities for them to do outside and connect more with nature!

I was amazed at how enthusiastic my children have been to eat the veggies they’ve grown in their gardens. The planting, tending, and harvesting has gotten them more enthused and engaged with the food on their plate. It can be a real fun process for us all!” ~Jenn

 

VEGGIE GARDENING + HOW I’M GETTING MY FAMILY TO EAT MORE FRUIT AND VEGGIES THIS SUMMER!

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Did your child go from eating all foods ever given to them to being an extremely picky eater? You’re not alone, check out this post with plenty of ideas to help get your toddler eating veggies again after they’ve stopped; from making and buying them play food to growing their own gardens

 

Make it fun

It’s no fun to force your kids to eat the veggies that are good for them. So, stop making such a fuss about what they eat and start making it fun!

 

Whether you can make beautiful pictures with food, like on Pinterest (follow me here), or your idea of being creative is turning eating healthy food into a game with incentives; there will always be a way to make eating healthy fun.

 

Stop stressing over meal time, stay positive, and do the best you can, instead!

 

Check out the posts and ideas below to see what other moms have done to make eating veggies fun and more enjoyable for their kids, and themselves!

Ten Simple Tips to Help Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

From making fun shapes with their veggies to never giving up, this post is full of practical tips to get your kids to eat veggies. Check it out here.

“My favourite veggie hide is pasta with orange sauce. I started with sauces in jars which they saw me open, didn’t suspect veggies & loved the taste. Now I make a sauce with roasted Mediterranean veggies & lots of tomatoes & blitz it smooth in the food processor ( all done while they are at school/nursery) & they think it’s just another jar sauce.” ~Debbie

 

How to Teach Your Kids to Love Healthy Food

 

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This post shows you many different ways to get kids to love eating healthy food, including an app that gives kids an incentive to create healthy habits! The app is suggest for kids no younger than 6. So, if you have children who toddlers, but are picky eaters, check out the app in this post and try it out with your kids. I just downloaded it for my daughter who just turned 6, once she wakes up she’ll get to choose her avatar and get excited about using an app on mommy’s phone!

“We’ve started offering real food exchange for eating real food of bargaining is necessary. For example, they love sweet potato. If they eat all the zucchini, they can have more sweet potato.” ~Brooke from Happysimplemom.com

 

5 FUN WAYS TO GET YOUR KIDS TO EAT VEGETABLES

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Sometimes all it takes to get kids to eat veggies is letting them help us make them or trying them in a different way, like raw with dip instead of cooked. Check out 3 more simple tips in this post!

“I would recommend dipping sauces to go with vegetables, like hummus or a yogurt-based dressing. It gives the vegetables extra flavor.” ~Joyce Felix at Celebrate Moms Forever  (celebratemomsforever.com)

 

Start as early as possible and get them talking about food

I may have started my girls eating home made baby food earlier than other parents. At three months old, I started my girls on home made rice cereal to help keep them full and sleeping just a tad bit longer. Then came the fruits and veggies! The first foods they tried are still their favorites; bananas and avocados.

 

Starting your kids eating fresh, whole foods, such as fruits and veggies, and encouraging them from the time they begin to eat will do wonders for helping them eat healthy later in life.

 

However, don’t feel bad if you didn’t make home made baby food from fresh fruits and veggies a priority when your kids were infants. NOW is the best time to start getting your kids to eat the best they can, which includes eating plenty of veggies.

 

There’s different tactics you can use to get your kids to eat veggies once they start to talk. Find out how to talk about veggies to encourage your children to eat more of them, and other tactics to influence your childs behavior towards vegetables in the posts below!

 

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With the understanding that most kids are picky eaters, this post goes into saying that we have a lot of influence over our children’s eating habits. Check out the 6 tips inside to help your picky eater eat a variety of foods, such as talking about how the food tastes instead of just having your child say it’s ‘yucky’. Read the other 5 tips here.

I ask my older one (5-year-old) to describe in every detail what he doesn’t like about the veggie. What does it taste like? Why don’t you like it? etc etc. And we compare the veggie to funny things too. It usually makes him try it a few more times to get the right words out and then he’s fine eating it the next time. ” ~Lakshmi

 

How I Get My Toddler To Eat Veggies…And You Can Too!

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From starting babies off the right way with eating food to providing 7 more ways to get toddlers to eat their veggies; this post has quite a bit to offer if you’re truly struggling getting enough nutrients from veggies into your kids. Plus, she states how she was able to raise a less picky than usual toddler than most other parents claim to have! Check it out here.

“I’ve given them the same food I cook for us every tome since they were little . No Mac and cheese , no special kids food. They eat what we eat . I don’t treat veggies like they’re some kind of special food and this loosens up the tension around them . My daughters eat everything, even salad. Just keep trying new things, even if you don’t like it yourself . I used to hate broccoli but then I realized my kids would miss out on it because of me . So I started cooking it and now I love it!” ~ Delia Cantoriu from delia-in-a-nutshell.com

 


 

Sometimes It’s as simple as having veggies and dips available

Instead of thinking “what vegetables can I add to kids meals?”

 

Start thinking about what dips or sauces you can add to veggies to help make them more enticing for your little ones!

 

This could be anything from different dressings to smothering them in peanut butter.

 

Just make sure that there are always fresh and washed vegetables available to your children and in eye level for them in the fridge so it’s the first thing they see!

 

Check out other tips and tricks from more moms below.

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Want to know what happens when you set veggies out on the table while you’re making dinner? Check out this post to see how successful this one single tip is!

 

7 Sneaky Ways to Add More Vegetables to Your Day

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From pureeing veggies and adding them to sauce to making sure they are ready to eat soon after being bought: those are just two of the seven ways to add veggies into yours and your childs diet recommended in this post. It’s meant to help us as adults get veggies into our diets. But, most of these ideas will work for picky eater kids, as well! Check out the rest of the tips here.

I use vegetable pasta with sauce and then give veggies on the side. The more you serve vegetables the better your chances of them trying them and liking them. It takes at least 20 times before you will get your little one to eat them. Also I put cheese on them which makes them taste better.” ~Cheree from  homemademoma.com

3 Ways to Get Your Picky Toddler to Eat Real Food

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Learn 3 simple tricks to get your kids to eat veggies, simply by how it’s prepared! Such as covering it in peanut butter, my oldest daughters favorite thing to do with everything. 

“Cauliflower everything! My little guy will down an entire batch of caulitots! Or zucchini fries! If you make veggies into foods they already love you’ll definitely get a win!”
~Mandis from everydayemerson.com

 

If NOTHING seems to be working: Lean on Psychology

This is where my bachelors in psychology comes in, haha, or not.

 

Most of the tips below are simply common sense. Such as making sure you’re not overstimulating and producing anxiety when trying to get your kids to eat vegetables.

 

Or, using reverse psychology, making your child think you don’t want them to eat it, just so they will eat their veggies.

 

Don’t overlook using simple psychology facts to help you get your kids to eat their veggies, but don’t overuse reverse psychology so much that your kids always try to do the opposite of what you tell them to do!

 

Get more tips and tricks to get veggies into your kids below.

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If getting your child to eat veggies so overwhelming that you don’t even know where to start; check out the 3 very simple, yet overlooked tips in this post that come from the basics of psychology. They may even have you thinking, ‘well, why didn’t I think of that’! Check out the post here.

“Introduce them early in the weaning process. We used to do a bit of puree and baby led weaning. I’d offer most veggies as soft finger food and I think this has helped my son love veggies now. He will pretty much try and eat most vegetables – age 5.” ~Emma from eandbmaketea.com

 

A Stupid-Simple Way to Get Toddlers to Eat Veggies

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Learn one simple trick to get your kids to eat veggies! It may only work half the time, but half the time is better than not at all. (And, yes, that’s a picture of my 2 year old eating a salad above. You can get your kids to eat salad, too!)

There was some research a few years ago. They found that stickers worked really well as an incentive for kids to eat their veggies. Sweets or dessert don’t work.” ~Eline

 

How To Get Kids To Eat Healthy

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From keeping different foods separate to reverse psychology, I’ve used most of these tips before with my picky eaters, and they tend to work more often than not. Check them out here.

“We offered vegetables from the beginning and at almost every meal. We eat them in front of her. We celebrate them and cook a variety, with different cooking methods.” ~Megan from Howwemom.com

Getting kids to eat their veggies can be a huge struggle for most parents. But, it doesn’t have to be.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re feeding your baby for the first few times, trying to get a stubborn and independent toddler to eat what you want them to, or trying to instill good eating habits in your older children.

 

With the advice from 25+ moms in this post, and more tips than I care to count within this and all the posts included, you’re sure to find at least one way for how to get your child to eat to eat their veggies that will help you, even if just temporarily. You know, until they get out of the picky eating phase they’re currently in.

 

Know that encouraging your kids to eat their veggies in a positive manner, and using the tips and tricks above; will help you much more than trying to fight with your kids about it or force them to eat veggies at every meal.

Ever wonder how to get kids to eat vegetables? It can be tough sometimes. Learn the advice from 25+ moms on how to get your child to eat their vegetables! #pickyeaters #healthyhabits #healthtips #children #toddlers #moms #momlife #veggies #vegetables #stresslessbehealthy

What is your favorite way to get your kids to eat their veggies? Share in the comments below. And, don’t forget to share this post with other moms having trouble getting their kids to eat their veggies!


21 Vegan Christmas Cookies You’ll Want to Make this Holiday Season!

The are the best vegan christmas cookies recipes for kids all pulled into one post! Easy and healthy, some are even gluten free. Find gingerbread, sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and more!

21 Vegan Christmas Cookies You’ll Want to Make this Holiday Season!

Nothing says Christmas time like baking cookies!

It’s always been a tradition for me to make an absolutely ridiculous amount of Christmas cookies during the holiday season. It started when I was little. I even remember my mom putting me in charge of making most, if not all, of the Christmas cookies one year when I was a teenager. Or, was it before I was a teenager I can’t quite remember.

We’d start a week or so before Christmas to start making them, and it didn’t end at Christmas, either. I remember my mom staying up late making more cookies on Christmas eve so that we’d have plenty on Christmas day. We ate SO many cookies.

Since I’ve become a mom, I’ve slowly started to remake the Christmas cookies I loved as a child to be a bit healthy and 100% vegan! For my kids, and for myself. (My husband seems to run away from any food I make that I call ‘healthy’ or ‘vegan’; honestly, he’s truly missing out. This is the only healthy vegan recipe I’ve been able to get him to eat…and love. And it’s only because I simply told him to try it…..he ate half a batch.)

So, if you’re looking for healthier, vegan, possibly gluten free Christmas cookies; take a look below and enjoy!

Pssst…you’ll find two of my own recipes below.

Pine Needle Shortbread Cookies

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Enjoy these classic shortbread cookies! Just try not to eat them all in one day.

 

SNOWMEN MERINGUE COOKIES (VEGAN & GF)

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I usually opt for an easier cookie to make, but these are so adorable they are worth the time and effort you put into them. Plus, their great for impressing friends and family; just wait til you tell them they’re vegan, too! And, yes, these are egg whites free, which is why they are called vegan.

 

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls (Vegan)

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
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This was my all time favorite recipe as a child; now veganized and a bit more filling. You know, to help us from eating them all at once! Even this healthy version is the first type of xmas cookie to disappear in my home.

 

BUTTERY SOFT JAM THUMBPRINT COOKIES

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Great as a gift, or eat them yourself; up to you!

 

Chewy Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

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Looking for a gingerbread cookie that isn’t rock hard; check out these chewy gingerbread cookies for Christmas!

 

VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES

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Check out these gluten free and vegan molasses cookies, your kids are sure to love them! Plus, they are super healthy so you don’t even have to feel bad about feeding them cookies.

PALEO & VEGAN ALMOND BUTTER BLOSSOM COOKIES

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Peanut butter blossoms were another one of my favorites growing up. However, if you or your kids have a peanut allergy try out Laura’s peanut free recipe, so you all can still enjoy the glory of this Holiday time cookie!

Enjoy these chocolaty cookies, whether it’s Christmas time or not! You don’t need an excuse to make these.

 

VEGAN CHERRY PISTACHIO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP MOLASSES CRINKLES COOKIES

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VEGAN CARAMEL-STUFFED DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN VANILLA CUT-OUT COOKIES

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3-INGREDIENT BUTTERY SHORTBREAD COOKIES

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Super simple and kid friendly, these cookies won’t last long! Just make sure to use vegan butter, like earth balance, to keep it vegan.

 

SALTED CARAMEL THUMBPRINT COOKIES

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VEGAN DANISH BUTTER COOKIES

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PERFECT VEGAN SUGAR COOKIES

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Don’t you just love walking into the kitchen when Christmas cookies are baking in the oven?

It’s such a warm and welcoming scent, that’s probably why they make sugar cookie candles. Warm up your home this year with the vegan Christmas cookies above. Don’t be afraid to try them all, if you want, and make a ridiculous amount of Christmas cookies this year, like I always do! Don’t forget to share with friends and family, especially those on specific diets such as vegan, gluten free, and paleo!

The are the best vegan christmas cookies recipes for kids all pulled into one post! Easy and healthy, some are even gluten free. Find gingerbread, sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and more!

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie? Let me know in the comments!


10 Savory Vegan Freezer Meals To Prep for Crazy Busy Nights!

Looking for vegan freezer meals that actually reheat well? Check these ten delicious meals that you and your children will love!

10 Savory Vegan Freezer Meals To Prep for Crazy Busy Nights!

Ever want a nice home made meal at night, but can never seem to find the time to cook during the week?

Yeah,

Me too.

That’s where meal prepping comes in!

Unfortunately, not all food was created to be saved in the fridge for more than a couple of days; some need to be frozen to stay well all week. And, it can be a pain to cook a meal, freeze it, and then try to reheat it; simply to find out that it just doesn’t taste quite the same.

Related Post: 11 Family Friendly Quick and Easy Vegan dinner recipes for Hectic Weeknights

Or, maybe you’re like me and batch cook, so that you can pull out a frozen meal when you forgot to meal plan or when you just don’t feel like having what’s on the menu in your home that night.

Either way, the recipes below have been tried and tested for your convenience. AKA, they freeze and reheat well.

You’ll find childhood favorites, soups, wraps, and more! Be sure to check out the full vegan recipes and follow the food blogger who created them!

You can also follow and subscribe to my email list here, I publish a new vegan recipe every Sunday.

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HOMEMADE VEGAN RAVIOLI

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I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been looking for a vegan ravioli recipe! It’s been far too long and I’m so glad I found this one here.

SOUTHWEST VEGAN BREAKFAST BURRITO

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I know this says it’s a breakfast burrito, but feel free to eat it any time of day! Get the recipe here.

Chickpea and Vegetable Curry

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This recipe post not only gives you the recipe, but also walks you through the whole process, from freezing to cooking when you need it! If you’re a beginner at making and using freezer meals, this is the one you should start with!

Related Post: Delicious Diced Veggie Vegan Burritos

MAKE-AHEAD KALE AND SWEET POTATO BURRITOS

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I don’t know about you and your kids, but my toddler loves sweet potato and will eat anything with it in it. Check out this recipe here and enjoy it with your kids!

PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE {VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE}

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Want something sweet yet filling? Check out this pineapple fried rice recipe!


HOMEMADE VEGAN PIZZA POCKETS WITH MARINARA SAUCE

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Before I became vegan I used to love calzones. I can gladly say that this recipes can compare and has even more natural flavors than what I had way back when!

EGGPLANT CHICKPEA PEANUT CURRY (VEGAN + GF)

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This freezer meal isn’t a chop it, dump it and freeze. This recipe is one that you make first and then freeze; which is great for an evening you have time now to cook, but also like to plan ahead for the future!

INSTANT POT LENTIL SOUP – MEXICAN FLAVOURS {VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE}

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If you have an instant pot, go ahead and try this recipe out.

Related Post: 7 Awesome Meals for Beginner Vegans!

FREEZER BLACK BEAN FAJITA BURRITOS 

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These are perfect easy meals for those crazy busy weeknights that you just don’t have time to cook, but want a hearty meal in just a few minutes. Just be sure to either omit the cheese or use vegan cheese to keep this a vegan freezer meal.

EASY ROMAINE LETTUCE SOUP RECIPE – DAIRY FREE

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This recipe needs to be made prior to freezing. Be sure to use the vegan options for the recipe!

 

It can be hard sometimes to find vegan freezer meals. Unfortunately, this healthy diet is often overlooked by those obsessed with freezer cooking.

But, if you find a freezer meal that you think would be great, but has non-vegan ingredients; it can be quite simple to replace those ingredients and make them vegan!

So, whether you’re in a very busy season of life, or stocking your freezer full of super easy meals before you new baby comes into this world; I hope you’re able to enjoy these meals, and the ease of simply heating them up, for when you need them!

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for more vegan and raising healthy kids inspiration!

Looking for vegan freezer meals that actually reheat well? Check these ten delicious meals that you and your children will love!

What are your favorite vegan freezer meals? I’d love to know, leave it in a comment below!


13 Mouth Watering Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Looking for some healthy vegan thanksgiving desserts? Check out these 13 dessert recipes to have at your next Thanksgiving get together!

13 Mouth Watering Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving would not be complete without the delicious desserts after dinner; because you know, we don’t stuff ourselves enough during dinner!

And, thankfully, because of the recipes below and many others, we don’t have to feel left out as vegans. There are plenty of vegan Thanksgiving desserts that will make us feel thankful we’re vegan and not adding to the cruelty of this festive Holiday.

From pies to puddings and more; you’ll be sure to find enough vegan desserts below to feed your whole extended family for Thanksgiving! They won’t even know these delicious desserts are vegan, either.

So, save a few animals from suffering this Holiday season, save some calories, and encourage healthy eating (without even realizing it); enjoy the recipes below!

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GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN APPLE PIE

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You CANNOT have Thanksgiving without Apple pie, and Rhian’s recipes are some of the best recipes I’ve had. I am constantly going back to her site to try new recipes and feature them in my posts. Check out her apple pie recipe here!

Other posts Rhians recipes have been featured in:

23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

27 Healthy Smoothie Bowls and Smoothie Recipes for Kids

and more!

Gluten-Free Crustless Apple Pie (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

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If you’re not a fan of the crust when eating pie, or have a picky eater you’re trying to please; you may want to opt for a crustless apple pie recipe. Don’t worry, it’s still vegan! Check it out here.

Related Post: 8 Ways to Teach Children Thankfulness

The Healthiest Crustless Pumpkin Pie

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Another Thanksgiving classic, pumpkin pie! Just like the crust-less apple pie recipe above, this one is crust-less as well. Check it out here!

THE BEST GRAIN-FREE VEGAN PUMPKIN PIE

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If you like the pie crust, like I do, then try out this grain free pumpkin pie recipe here!

Related Post: 9 Ways to Help You Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving

Vegan Pumpkin Pie With Caramel Sauce

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Want a little something extra with your pumpkin pie? Try this recipe with caramel sauce!

THE BEST Vegan Apple Crisp!!

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Want a healthy version of apple crisp? This is a must try recipe! You bake the granola topping and then bake it on top of the apples to add a little extra crunch to it.

Related Post: Healthy Peanut Butter Balls (Vegan)

Paleo Triple Berry Crisp

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If you love crisps, then check out this flavorful triple berry crisp recipe! It’s paleo and vegan, to help please your Thanksgiving guests with special diets.

Nutty Pear Crumble- Vegan and Gluten Free

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Related Post: Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Blossoms

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

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Looking for a healthy alternative to sugar filled pumpkin cookies? You’ll want to try, and give your kids, these pumpkin cookies; made with oat flour instead of white, at least half the sugar you’re used to, and a secret ingredient! Check it out here.

INSTANT POT BROWNIES WITH PUMPKIN {VEGAN}

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Brownies may not be a classic Thanksgiving dessert for some, but then again, who’s going to say no to chocolate? Get the recipe here!

Related Post: The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread

SPICED BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHIA PUDDING

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SLOW COOKER PUMPKIN SPICE TAPIOCA PUDDING (VEGAN)

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PUMPKIN PIE CHIA PUDDING

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There are so many vegan Thanksgiving desserts you can try, like the ones above, that you won’t feel left out when it comes to stuffing yourself at Thanksgiving.

Whether you veganize an old family favorite, like I did with the pumpkin cookies and apple crisp above, or find a brand new vegan recipe you love; you’ll be sure to get more nutrients in than fellow Americans eating a SAD (standard american diet).

You may not eat as much, either, keeping your health (and waistline) in check, with all of the filling nutrient rich desserts there are available!

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my family and I do. Don’t forget to save this post on Pinterest and share with friends looking for a vegan or healthy alternative to Thanksgiving desserts!

Looking for some healthy vegan thanksgiving desserts? Check out these 13 dessert recipes to have at your next Thanksgiving get together!

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