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24 Nut Free School Lunch Ideas

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24 Nut Free School Lunch Ideas

Is your child starting school this next year and you have no idea what to give them in their lunch? And, to make it even harder, your childs new school prides itself on being allergy friendly and completely nut free? So, now you have to come up with healthy nut free school lunch ideas!

I would say ‘good luck’ because it can be difficult to come up with healthy nut free school lunches that kids actually like. (My oldest, who just finished up her first year in school, would’ve had a hard time going to school without peanut butter in her lunch.)

But, instead, I’ll provide you with a list of healthy lunch ideas that do not contain any nuts (and are vegan- in case that matters to you)!

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Nut Free Lunch Ideas

Below you’ll find plenty of main dishes and sides for nut free school lunches for your kids. Feel free to use these for lunches for work or home, as well!

And, don’t forget to send your kids off with some plain fruits and veggies in their lunches as well to have a more well rounded and healthy lunch at school!

Vegan Rainbow Vegetable Tortilla Wrap 

Photo from recipesfromapantry.com

This lunch isn’t only nut free, but also loaded with veggies! Be sure to check out the recipe if you’re trying to get more veggies into your child. And, honestly, what parent isn’t trying to get their child to eat more veggies?!

 

Oven Baked Beet Chips

Photo from pinkfortitude.com

Check out the recipe for these beet chips and replace the processed chips that your kids may insist you put in their lunch.

 

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Photo from recipesfromapantry.com

This dish is best served warm, so be sure to send it in a good quality thermos for you child!

 

MUFFIN TIN SUSHI CUPS (VEGAN + GF)

Photo from rhiansrecipes.com

Want to send your child off with something unique, and that the other kids in school won’t check? Check out this recipe!

 

Strawberry Salad With Cherries and Blueberries — Vegan

Photo from tastygalaxy.com

This fruit salad is a perfect side dish to go with pretty much anything else you put in their lunch. Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidants and tons of vitamins and minerals to help keep your kids healthy!

 

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

Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Lunchables (Vegan, Allergy-Free, Grain-Free) | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 Lunchables without the scary ingredients! Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Lunchables that are vegan, allergy-free, & grain-free too! This healthy, kid-loved, and mom-approved make-ahead lunch recipe will make the school year a bit more fun! #glutenfree #vegan
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Does your child beg you for lunchables when you go to the store? Do you have any idea how horrible lunchables are? Unless you’ve turned it over and read the ingredient list and nutrition label, you may not! Check out this recipe instead and send them off with something that will nourish their bodies and keep them feeling good all day long.

 

Homemade Gluten-Free Vegan Copycat Pizza Bagel Bites (Allergy-Free)

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Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

Do you remember pizza bagels? My mom used to buy them for my siblings and I when we were young. I don’t think she knew how bad they were for us. Check out the recipe above for a healthier (and gluten-free/vegan/allergy friendly) version!

 

Homemade Gluten-Free + Allergy-Free Uncrustables (Vegan)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

Remember crustables? I think my school used to put them in vending machines- meaning that these food like products had loads of preservatives to keep them from going ‘bad’. The original ones were just peanut butter and jelly, so why am I bringing them up in an article about nut free school lunches? These ones use sunbutter instead of peanut butter, making them nut free, home made, and healthy!

 

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

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

My oldest used to eat regular spaghetti o’s when she was little, and when I worked full time. I was not a fan of her eating this stuff from a can. But, I didn’t have much of a say, the most I could do is make sure there was plenty of healthy food in the fridge for my husband to warm up and give her. And, home made spaghetti o’s was one of those things I would make! Which doesn’t have even nearly the amount of sodium, and no harmful ingredients in it, so go check it out and make it yourself. Be sure to have  good quality thermos to pack it in, too, to keep it warm til lunchtime.

 

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Microwave Gluten-Free + Vegan Mac & Cheese For One (Allergy-Free ‘Easy Mac’)

I don’t know a kid who doesn’t like mac and cheese! My girls will eat it no matter what, and we’ve tried quite a few different vegan versions. Check out this easy mac and cheese recipe and pack it up in a good quality thermos for them to take to school!

 

KID FRIENDLY PASTA SALAD

Photo from littlesunnykitchen.com

If your kids like their food to be colorful (and you’re a fan of them eating more veggies at school), then be sure to check out this simple pasta recipe!

 

Flatbread Pizza

Photo from littlesunnykitchen.com

Be sure to use non-dairy cheese if vegan. I usually just sub in nutritional yeast in place of cheese on foods like pizza and my three year old and I still love it! So maybe give that a try.

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EASY QUINOA SALAD

Photo from foodmeanderings.com

If your kids love quinoa, then this dish is a must try!

 

Vegan Tuna Salad (Made with Jackfruit, not Chickpeas!)

Photo from veryveganval.com

Looking for a classic tuna salad replacement that’s actually healthy (and doesn’t smell like fish)? Check out this recipe!

 

Air Fried Chickpeas

Welcome to my Air Fried Chickpeas recipe. A delicious blend of Mediterranean spices, a touch of olive oil and my trusted Air Fryer.
Photo from recipethis.com

These make for a great protein rich side with any lunch!

 

BEEFLESS VEGAN STEW

Photo from wereparents.com

Be sure to put this in a good quality thermos to keep it warm til lunch time!

 

Vegan “Chicken” Salad

Photo from makeitdairyfree.com

 

NO BAKE CHOCOLATE COCONUT SLICE

Photo from cookitrealgood.com

Don’t forget to add in home healthy snacks for your child to eat with their lunch to help keep them full! Check out this recipe and the next one for a couple of great ideas and recipes!

 

Healthy Date Loaf

Photo from cookitrealgood.com

 

Easy Vegan Black Bean Burgers

Photo from shivanilovesfood.com

Does your child want a burger for lunch because they keep seeing their friends get it from school? Try out this  burger recipe (that’s also nut free) for a healthy (meat-free) version!

 

VEGAN EGG SALAD

Photo from vegannie.com

 

Vegan Tuna Salad

Photo from vegannie.com

Looking for a classic tuna salad replacement that’s actually healthy (and doesn’t smell like fish)? Check out this recipe!

 

Vegan Mac and Cheese Bites

Photo from avirtualvegan.com

Are you just as obsessed with these silicone baking cups as I am? If so, make these kid size portioned mac and cheese bites to send with your kids to school!

 

Cheese & Onion Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Photo from avirtualvegan.com

Do your kids think they need something that tastes savory and cheesy in their lunch, like chips or popcorn? Check out this recipe and send them with these delicious chickpeas instead!

 

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It’s Not Too Hard to Find Nut Free School Lunch Ideas

As you can see, it’s not all that difficult to find healthy lunch ideas for kids that don’t have nuts in them.

Plus, if all else fails and you simply feel like giving them a classic PB&J sandwich with plain fruits and veggies, just switch out the peanut butter for sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) and there you go with a nut free lunch!

Do you have any other nut free school lunch ideas that I missed? Leave a comment below if so, or with your childs favorite nut free lunch!

Don’t forget to grab these templates to help you prepare for healthy school lunches!
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Kid Friendly Healthy Road Trip Foods!

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Kid Friendly Healthy Road Trip Foods!

Have you ever been on a road trip with kids before? If you have, then you probably know just how often they will ask for food (you know, when they’re not asking ‘are we there, yet?’). And, if you’re health conscious, then you’ll want to have healthy road trip foods on hand for when your kids insist they are starving and can’t go another minute without eating!

Even if you’ve never been on a road trip with kids before, you’re just anticipating the fact that kids think they need to eat every 5 minutes when it’s the most inconvenient.

For example, both my older girls (ages 3 and 6) just finished up breakfast; so I decided to sit down and write this post. Not even 5 minutes after I sat down, my 6 year old is asking for more food.

So, if you don’t want to spend a fortune feeding your kids food that isn’t good for them, you’ll want to check out the on the go snack recipes below! Get the ingredients (or find them in your cupboard) and start preparing for your road trip. Bonus if you can get your kids to help…without it taking more time!

Don’t forget to grab this list for more ideas on How to Eat Healthy on a Road Trip!

 


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The Best Road Trip Snacks

Be sure to check out the recipes below and make some before your next road trip so you’re not tempted to stop for fast food or buy packaged processed food like products!

There are 32 road trip worthy recipes below!

All could be considered snacks, and some could even be considered a meal. And, most are mess-free enough to eat in the car. Unless, of course, you have an issue with their even being a single crumb hit the seats or floors in your vehicle, then you may want to wait and eat them when you stop.

Healthy On-The-Go Breakfast

Oatmeal Raisen Energy Cookie Balls
Photo from ifitbringsyoujoy.com

My girls and I love energy bites (or balls), and they are super healthy for you. This recipe in particular is only sweetened by dates and raisins, but is still delicious. You could probably find most of the ingredients in your kitchen already, I know I can. Go check it out!

 

EASY VEGAN OATMEAL BREAKFAST BARS

Photo from foodal.com
Photo from delightfuladventures.com

 

Baked Whole Wheat Methi Puri 

Photo from .lathiskitchen.org

 

The Best Energy Bites Recipe of All Time

energy bites
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

This is my own energy bite recipe that is child approved…..and seems to always have to be made and ready to eat at any given time!

 

Vegan Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

Photo from delightfuladventures.com

These oatmeal cookies make a great snack (or breakfast) for road trips, be sure to check them out!

 

Food Bliss: Chewy Apple Granola Bars

Photo from urbanblisslife.com

Granola bars are a perfect snack for road trips!

 

Air Fryer Apple Chips

Photo from recipesfromapantry.com

 

Crunchy Air Fryer Chickpeas

Photo from recipesfromapantry.com

 

Almond Date Balls

Photo from pastryandbeyond.com

Be sure to check out these energy balls!

 

How to Make Dried Bananas – Crispy/Chewy

How to Make Dried Bananas
Photo from pastryandbeyond.com

 

How to Make Dried Apples Crispy/Chewy vs. Crispy

How to Make Dried Apples
Photo from pastryandbeyond.com

 

Eggless Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes (With vegan Option)

Eggless Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes (With vegan Option)
Photo from cookwithrenu.com

If you have girls, you may want to make these to bring with you. Just be sure to wait til you get to a stop to eat them outside the car if you don’t want crumbs all over the place!

 

Homemade 3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Mini Bagels (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

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Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

Not only are these adorable, but they are what kids want for breakfast and are perfect for little hands. Check out the recipe and be sure to grab a mini donut pan to make these in!

 

3-Ingredient Crispy Cocoa Air Fryer Chickpeas (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Allergy-Free)

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Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

 

Homemade Gluten-Free + Vegan Goldfish (Allergy-Free, Grain-Free)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

Do your kids love goldfish crackers, but you hate how bad they are for them? Try out this home made recipe so you can both get your way!

 

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Easy Homemade Baked Falafel (No Canned Beans)

Easy Homemade Baked Falafel (No Canned Beans)
Photo from hcookwithrenu.com

 

Homemade Gluten-Free + Vegan Cheez-Its (Allergy-Free, Grain-Free)

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Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

Do your kids love cheez its, but you hate how bad they are for them? Try out this home made recipe so you can both get your way!

Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms and a Sweet Crunchy Treat

Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 Gluten-free, vegan entree stuffed with lentils, veggies, and hummus!
Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

 

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

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Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

Do your kids crave something a bit more savory on the road? These fritatta bites are perfect for in the car, especially for little ones!

 

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES

Photo from rhiansrecipes.com

What kid is going to say no to chocolate chip cookies on a road trip? I know mine wouldn’t, plus these are super healthy with only maple syrup as a sweetener.

 

No Bake Energy Bites – raw, gluten free, vegan

Photo from pinkfortitude.com

Energy bites are great to take on road trips, try out this recipe and the others to have a variety to choose from on the road so your kids don’t get bored!

 

Savory Muffins with Kale and Chives (Don’t Tell Anyone They’re Vegan)

savory kale muffins in a muffin tin
Photo from attainable-sustainable.net

My girls and I are more into sweet treats on the road, but if your kids prefer savory food you’ll need to check out this recipe! (Also, a great way to get some veggies into them.)

 

Pita Pockets with Roasted Veggies and Hummus

Photo from happykitchen.rocks

These pita pockets would be great for lunch or dinner for the first day on the road! I’m not sure if they’ll last much longer that. Be sure to click on the image to check out the recipe!

 

Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins for a Healthy Breakfast

healthy sweet potato muffins on a white plate
Photo from .attainable-sustainable.net

Looking for ways to get some veggies into your kids on the road? These sweet potato muffins are your answer!

 

Vegan Blueberry Muffins (Dairy Free/Egg Free)

Photo from makeitdairyfree.com

You can’t go wrong with blueberry muffins on a road trip! These make for a great breakfast or snack.

 

Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups – No Added Sugar!

Photo from servedfromscratch.com

These only have 4 ingredients and are soo much better for your kids than the kind you buy at the store! Just be sure to use maple syrup instead of honey if you need it to be vegan. And, make sure your kids have a way to get them off their teeth when done; maybe have it as a sweet snack before you stop for the night, so they can brush their teeth soon afterwards.

 

Blackberry Apple Fruit Leather

blackberry apple fruit roll ups
Photo from saltinmycoffee.com

These roll ups are similar to the ones above it, but even less ingredients and less sugar, but just as sweet! Be sure to check out the recipe.

 

How to Dehydrate Canned Peaches (and why you might want to!)

Photo from saltinmycoffee.com

Be sure to check out this recipe if you have a dehydrator and if your kids love fruity snacks!

 

Oatmeal Energy Balls (Vegan & no bake recipe + Video)

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Photo from flavourstreat.com

Check out this recipe to have even more variety of energy bites for your road trip!

 

Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

Photo from stefseatsandsweets.com

Do your kids have a sweet tooth and need some type of chocolate while on a long road trip? Maybe it’s just because I have girls, but these bars are the perfect healthy chocolate fix for in the car! If you or your kids are vegan, be sure to use maple syrup (or agave or another liquid sweetener) in place of the honey.

 

Chocolate Date Balls – Double Chocolate Energy Balls Recipe

Photo from everydaysavvy.com

And, just in case that last recipe didn’t have enough chocolate in it to soothe your own your kids sweet tooth, this one is sure to do the trick! So, be sure to check out this recipe.

Healthy Road Trip Snack Ideas and Recipes!

With a little prep work, and using the recipes above, you’ll be well on your way to feeding your kids healthy food on your road trip; whether you ever thought you’d be able to, or not!

Do you have other suggestions? Let me know in the comments what yours or your kids favorite healthy road trip foods are!

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23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

collage of dessert looking snacks that are vegan, super healthy, and high in protein for kids, great as an after school snack

23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

Everyday after school your kids need to eat, right? (*Hint – they need high protein vegan snacks!)

So, you give them a snack. Maybe it’s a piece of fruit, or something else.

After they’re done eating, maybe you have them do their homework or maybe they just relax from the school day, or maybe they have sports.

Well, if they’re still at home after snack; there’s a good chance they’ll end up saying ‘mom, I’m hungry’ 10 or 20 minutes after they eat their initial snack. Or, maybe it’s just my kids!

You tell them to wait for dinner; they say they can’t.

They end up eating whatever they can find in the kitchen because they are sooo hungry; their little snack (with little protein) didn’t fill them up.

The solution, which you probably already know:

Give them a healthy after school snack rich in protein!

AKA – a High Protein Vegan Snack.

This may mean the recipe contains nuts, seeds, nut butters, beans, or even tofu or quinoa!

The solution is not stocking up on processed food that won’t nourish your child, and only keep them coming back for more.

Empty calorie snacks won’t do them any good. They’ll simply trick their body into thinking they got nutrients, and then when it realizes it didn’t, that’s when they get hungry again.

Did you know that food companies engineer their food to be addictive and the FDA doesn’t do anything about it?! Crazy, right?

So, stop trusting food companies to have your childrens health in mind when making food, and start making their snacks yourself!

Many, if not all, of the snacks below can be made over the weekend and last all week! Go ahead and give them a try.

(You should know that some of the recipes below do require a food processor, not all of them do, but I honestly don’t know what I did before I had one, this is the one I have.)

 

 


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collage of dessert looking, high protein vegan snacks for kids to have after school to fill them up

23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

High Protein Vegan Snacks: Energy Bites and Bars (Great for On the Go Snacking!)

With ‘energy’ being right in their names (or most of their names) it’s an easy way to tell that they should help keep your child full til dinner!

If your child is in any type of sports or after school activity, these are also a great ‘on the go snack’!

 

pumpkin spice quinoa snack balls

Photo from happyhealthymama.com

I was in at ‘pumpkin spice’, my girls will know what Fall is all about, haha! Plus, adding quinoa to energy balls; brilliant!

 

APPLE CRISP ENERGY BITES

Photo from tasteandsee.com

Another fall favorite flavor!


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LEARNING TO STIR + CRANBERRY COCONUT ENERGY BITES

Photo from wereparents.com

This post will help you include your little ones in the snack making process, along with having a yummy and filling end result!

 

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls (Gluten Free)

Photo from thesoccermomblog.com

 

Raw Nut Free Carrot Cake Balls

Photo from themultitaskingwoman.com

 

The Best Energy Bites Recipe of All Time

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no bake pumpkin spice energy bars

Photo from happyhealthymama.com

It’s the season for pumpkin spice everything. Share this contagious pumpkin spice time of year with them with some delicious and filling energy bars!

 

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

Photo from foodmeanderings.com

You can’t go wrong with make ahead bars!

 

EASY 3-INGREDIENT HOMEMADE PROTEIN BAR RECIPE

Photo from inthekidskitchen.com

 

 

High Protein Vegan Snacks: Chocolate and Dessert-like Recipes

Ok, so maybe you’re wondering why there are dessert-like recipes on this list of healthy after school snacks focused on filling up your kids and stopping them from saying ‘mom, I’m hungry’.

Well, it just so happens that some desserts, even of the chocolate variety, can actually be healthy, filling, and count as a nutritious after school snack!

Thank goodness! Right!?!

Especially if the ingredients in those snacks are in themselves healthy or whole foods, like dates and nuts, instead of processed sugar.

Check out the recipes below and enjoy eating ‘better-for-you’ desserts without the guilt feeding your kids a healthy after school snack.

*Hint- if you don’t already have this, you may want to look into investing in one. You will NEED it to make some of the recipes below. Plus, it’ll help you make tons of other healthy treats, snacks, and even meals to feed your whole family. It’s the easiest way to make banana ice cream & vegan mac and cheese!

 

Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies

Photo from rhiansrecipes.com

My 5 year old snuck a peek at this recipe while I was putting this post together and was perfectly ok with the secret ingredient that helps make these protein rich and chewy. Go check out this recipe and find out the secret ingredient!

 

chocolate bliss balls

Photo from happyhealthymama.com

The 5 ingredients for these have made it onto our grocery list, and currently I’m more excited to try these than my girls, but only because they don’t know, yet! It’s going to be like protein bar meet chocolate and energy balls (but way healthier, of course)!

 

Chocolate Chia Bliss Balls

Photo from theflavorbender.com

You can never have enough chocolate bliss balls, and this one has a fun colorful twist that may help your child want to eat them! (If the chocolate wasn’t enough of a reason!)

 

collage of dessert looking healthy high protein vegan after school snacks for kids

 

CHEWY CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BALLS WITH CARAMEL DRIZZLE

Photo from inthekidskitchen.com

 

Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)

Photo from the thesoccermomblog

 

NO-BAKE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS (5-INGREDIENT)

Photo from gatheringdreams.com

 

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

Photo from foodal.com

Sure, these may look like cheesecake, and your kids may think they are getting away with eating something too sweet as an after school snack. But, it does have quite a bit of protein in it to help keep them full til dinner!

 

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies


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Apple Sandwiches Recipe

Photo from thriftyjinxy.com

These look delicious, I’m sure my girls and your kids will love these (as long as they like peanut butter- or replace with nut butter of choice). My girls actually call a single apple slice with toppings on it an apple cookie and they eat them like they would cookies, too!

 

 

High Protein Vegan Snacks: Savory Snacks

If your child isn’t into sweet after school snacks and looking for something a little more savory, check out the recipes below, some are even traditional foods from other countries!

 

No Fry Black Gram-Kale Fritters/ Urad-Kale Appe / Black Gram-Kale Takoyaki

Photo from profusioncurry.com

Maybe it’s just me, but there’s an ingredient in this recipe that I had never heard of before, which is pretty neat! I’m not sure if it’s available in stores near me, or you, but Amazon does have it here. Psst…this is one of those snacks from another country, and will not only help you get more protein into your kids, but veggies, too!

 

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas

Photo from moneywisemoms.com

Do your kids like roasted chickpeas? Have they tried them? I can tell you right now that I’m making these this weekend to have my girls try! (We keep a stock of chickpeas in our kitchen at all times.)

High Protein Vegan Snacks: Dips

healthy fruit dip–4 ways

Photo from happyhealthymama.com

Maybe your kids are dippers; they’ll eat apples, but they prefer to have it with dip (or nutella). Check out these 4 healthy dip recipes that go great with apples and more!

 

VEGAN CHIPOTLE QUESO

Photo from vnutritionandellness.com

If your kids are still craving tortilla chips to munch on after school, prepare this cheesy vegan dip! It’s high in protein and Vitamin B12 (one of the most important nutrients to make sure you get enough of, if vegan.)

 

DELICIOUS DICED VEGGIE VEGAN BURRITOS

vegan burrito recipe

Use the burrito filling as a healthy, filling, tortilla dip.

 

Who says vegans don’t get enough protein in their diets?

Vegans not getting enough protein in their diets is simply a myth. (Probably to encourage people to keep eating food that supports farmers, or big businesses, or they simply don’t know any better. I won’t go further into this issue in this post…)

Plus, you don’t have to be raising a vegan child for them to enjoy these healthy snacks.

I hope you and your children enjoy these high protein vegan snacks, and you stop hearing ‘mom, I’m hungry’ everyday after snack and before dinner.

Let’s fill those little bellies up with some healthy protein filled snacks, that even a health nut of a mom can approve of!

 


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Don’t forget to share these wonderful recipes with your friends who need snack ideas for their kids, too. Especially if they have picky eaters.

The dessert section of high protein vegan snacks above is bound to turn picky eaters into happy little kids with an empty plate in no time!

collage of dessert looking healthy high protein vegan after school snacks for kids

 

How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables: 12 Different Ways!

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How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables: 12 Different Ways!

We all know that veggies are good for us and our children. It’s one of the first foods we give our children as babies, in baby food, along with fruits and baby cereal. But, once they become toddlers it can be difficult to get them to eat veggies, and parents will often ask How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables now?

Which veggies for kids do we try to even start with now?


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**Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietitian or a professional nutritionist. I simply believe in eating well for people of all ages, and I believe that a whole foods plant based diet is eating well, whereas processed foods are not.

It was so simple back then when they were babies, right?

And, for some reason we forget how easy it was to get veggies into their diets; especially when our kids start being more independent and trying to choose what they eat all by themselves!

But, there are a few options to choose from when trying to help, or guide, your kids’ eating habits to those veggies you know are good for them!

Options for “How do you get kids to eat veggies?”

You could explain to them how important veggies are for them to grow healthy and strong.

Or, if they’re still young, you could just sneak the veggies into their food and avoid the ‘I don’t want to eat it’ fight, all together!

Then, explain to them, when they’re older that they actually do like the veggies!

Don’t forget to show them how you hid their veggies in their food, so they know how to do it themselves. But, you may want to wait to tell them this until they understand the importance of eating veggies, and will eat them willingly. Such as, what vitamins and minerals they contain and what would happen to them if they didn’t get a certain nutrient.

(And, you might want to expect for them to be a little irritated by your tactics, but don’t worry; they’ll thank you when they’re older and living on their own…hopefully!)

If you would rather have the fight with them every day, several times a day, about eating their veggies; go right ahead! It’s up to you!

I tend to do half and half with my two little girls. Half the time I hide my girls veggies, half the time they’re right there in the open on their plates. Can you guess which ones they eat first!?

Other Ways to Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables WITHOUT Hiding Them

If you’re dead set against hiding veggies in your childs food, you could try:

  • turning their veggie options into a rainbow (and challenge them to eat the rainbow everyday)
  • season their veggies, some kids don’t like them plain
  • experiment with roasted, raw, steamed veggies, or you could even turn the veggies into a sauce
  • have your kids help you in the kitchen
  • have them try ‘just one bite’
  • make veggies fun
  • add veggies as a side to a favorite meal
  • let them know that their favorite character loves veggies and trying new things
  • reverse psychology (tell them ‘not’ to eat it- learn more about this method here)

I am sure there are many more ideas for what you can do to get your child to eat veggies, but let’s get on to how to add veggies to food to actually help get veggies into your childs diet; whether or not they think they will like them!


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12 Different Ways to Get Veggies into Your Childs Diet

The best way to ensure your child is getting enough veggies is by adding them to food your child already loves. These foods may show that that the veggies are in them, and some may hide the veggies!

1. Start with Smoothies!

I love smoothies! I got a nutribullet almost 4 and a half years ago and have used it practically everyday since!

My girls also love to have what I’m having!

Even if they have the same exact food in front of them; they want my food.

So, instead of getting upset that I can never eat my own food, or drink my own drinks; I double the food, or in this case drink, and just share it with them!

Win-win; I get to actually have some of my smoothie, and I get tons of fruits, veggies, and healthy fats and proteins, into my girls!

You can put so many amazing things in smoothies, and adding in certain veggies won’t really alter the taste too much.

My girls will drink my all time favorite smoothie without a second thought! And, I put in at least half a cup of squished down spinach in it!

They love it!

If you want to really hide the veggies, using a green leafy veggie may not be your best choice. They tend to turn the whole smoothie green.

I’d recommend adding in softened beets, or another softened veggie that has the same color as the fruits in it. Unless of course, if it’s St Patrick’s Day, then go right ahead and keep it green and tell them a leprechaun did it!!

Find out why else you need a nutribullet and what other things you can do with it, in my posts below!!

27 Healthy Smoothie Bowls and Smoothie Recipes for Kids

10 Reasons You Need a Nutribullet as a Mom

10 Amazingly Healthy Things You Can Make with a Nutribullet 

 

2. Popsicles

If your kids love popsicles, whether in the summertime like most people do, or in the winter time like my girls do; you can certainly make your own and add in veggies!

It’s much better for them this way, even without the veggies! It’s always best to have complete control over what ingredients go into your kids food!

In fact, I usually make popsicles from the smoothie recipe above! It’s as simple as making a smoothie, adding it to a popsicle mold, and then leaving it in the freezer over night.

You could be as creative, or as lazy, with this as you want. If you’re kids don’t get offended with you adding veggies into these, they could even help make them!

 

3. Pancakes

Whether you want a sweet or savory breakfast, you can do so by adding in veggies!

You’re kids may not even notice a difference! (Depending on which veggies you add in.)

The pancake recipes I usually make for my kids, I thought were pretty healthy; until I came across the recipe below!

See, I usually add fruit to my girls pancakes; like bananas, and apples or blueberries. But, the thing is, I can get my girls to eat fruit plain, and anytime during the day. They love fruit, and if I ask them what they want for snacks; 9 times out of 10, it’s going to be a piece of fruit!

So, adding in a veggie, like sweet potatoes, instead of bananas is just brilliant! It’s still going to be sweet, but add in different nutrients.

In the recipe below, the sweet potato takes the place of eggs in the pancakes, which in my eyes makes them way healthier. It takes the cholesterol and saturated fat right out of them; and adds in healthy carbs, vitamins, and minerals. Yay!

Check it out:

Sweet potato pancakes recipe!


 

4. Waffles

Like pancakes, you can also make waffles with different veggie ingredients.

Take the recipe below for example. Those waffles won’t only give you more energy through out the morning from the extra nutrients from the pumpkin, it also just looks pretty!

Of course, what the waffles look like will depend on your waffle maker. Mine will have a spiderman spider imprint on it…always. Get it here to have some superhero fun at breakfast with your kids; they may even enjoy what you make with it more, simply because of the way it looks!

Check out the recipe:

Pumpkin waffles recipe

 

5. Muffins

Who doesn’t love muffins!

Both my girls are big fans of muffins, as am I! Hmmm….I wonder where they get that from….

But, in all seriousness, I make a couple dozen of muffins a month and keep them in my freezer for snacks or quick breakfasts. Or, early breakfasts, when we’re starving and wake up too early to think about what we want, or I just don’t feel like making anything.

And, I have a few go to muffin recipes. The two recipes below are always made every couple of months, along with my blueberry muffin recipe and/or a chocolate chip muffin recipe. We have to have some sort of balance; one muffin focused on fruits or veggies, and then one that is super sweet and healthy!

Try out this Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Recipe; the chocolate will hide the fact that there’s even a vegetable in it, plus make it super moist and delicious!

And, we absolutely love this Sweet potato muffins recipeBy the way, the recipes on this site are amazing, whenever I search for some healthy and vegan dessert, his recipes always come up; I try them, and I’m always super impressed by the outcome! I don’t know why I get so surprised by this anymore, I’ve been coming across his recipes for almost 2 years now!!

 

6. Breads

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Kids love bread, or at least my kids love bread, especially when it’s banana bread, pumpkin, or even zucchini bread.

And, what’s not to love! It’s moist, delicious, and you don’t even taste the zucchini; perfect for feeding our picky eaters who claim to ‘hate’ veggies, or think they’re ‘disgusting’!

You could even make chocolate zucchini bread using the muffin recipe above! You may need to add some extra time for it to fully bake, though. The time, in general, just needs to be doubled. It’s usually about 20 minutes for muffins and 40 minutes for ‘quick’ bread, at the same temperature. Just check it with a fork or toothpick to make sure it’s done!

 

7. Cakes

Just like breads, you can include veggies in cakes, too!

Ever heard of carrot cake?

Just cut the sugar in half if you can, and maybe make some other substitutions to make it a bit healthier. As parents, we don’t need our kids to have any more sugar than absolutely necessary for the cake to taste good.

When searching through recipes, I tend to find that I can easily cut the sugar in half, or even replace it with maple syrup to make it even healthier, and less harmful for our kids.

You could even take a bread recipe, cook it in a cake pan instead and add some frosting or icing to it. Do this with carrot cake, or a zucchini bread/muffin recipe. What kid is going to turn down cake?!

It’s kind of amazing how many different types of food we can make with the same recipe, simply by changing the shape and baking time!

 

8. Cookies (yes, I said cookies!!)

Cookies for breakfast!! And, no I’m not talking about Cookie Crisp; that cereal is horrible for you!

I’m talking healthy, nutrient filled, cookies for breakfast.

The kind that has some fiber, vitamins, and minerals to them.

The kind that you’re kids will ask you for in the morning, simply because they want to get away with eating cookies for breakfast!

Cookies that even you will approve for them to eat first thing when they wake up! Go ahead, and try out the ones below!

Pumpkin cookies recipe.

Carrot cookies recipe. 

Zucchini cookies recipe.

 

9. Banana Ice cream

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Call it monster ice cream and add some spinach to home made banana ice cream, or completely hide it in chocolate peanut butter banana ice cream!

Either way, I find it hard that a child wouldn’t eat this; unless they’re just entirely against any type of cold treat, or despise bananas!

For the chocolate version; simply cut up a few bananas and freeze them for a few hours, or overnight. When they’re frozen, blend them with some soy milk (or milk of your choice), add in some peanut butter (or almond butter), some cocoa, spinach, and a drop or two of vanilla (optional) and blend!

If they like it extremely soft serve; use a nutribullet. If they like it thick; use a food processor. Or, you could always use a regular blender, but I honestly don’t even own a regular blender. So, I’m not sure on how it’ll turn out.

 

10. Home Made Vegan MAC

There seems to be a lot of ideas on this list about getting veggies into our kids through their snacks and sweet breakfasts, so I’m going to try to add in some actual meals for lunches or dinners!

So, for a lunch or a dinner, you could really hide veggies into this mac and cheese recipe. It’s just like macaroni and cheese, but a super food powered version (and without the cheese)! It’s from Vegan Insanity, and my girls actually beg me for this, and they’re 2 and 5 years old. If I use the small shell pasta to make this, my older daughter calls it the mac and cheese from Panera.

Vegan Cauliflower Mac & Cheese recipe.

 

11. Home made fries (call them french fries)

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One food that your kids may actually eat without even having to sneak in the veggie, are fries.

If your kids are used to eating out, or love the occasional fast food trip; then they probably love french fries.

And, sure, french fries when from fast food chains or restaurants, aren’t all that great for you. But, what if you made them. At home. In your oven. With real ingredients! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, time consuming, or difficult!

I make fries at home all the time for my girls, myself, and my husband, and no one complains that they’re eating veggies! Use white potatoes, or red, purple, or even sweet potatoes; it doesn’t matter! Or, if you want to try something really different, make them with eggplants or zucchini!

 

12. Pizza

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Pizza is a little different than other foods you can hide veggies in; the veggies tend to be a bit more noticeable on the top of pizza. Unless you eat cheese, like the majority of people in this country do; then you can go ahead and hide the veggies underneath the cheese. But, they’ll probably show through anyways.

Or, go ahead and make eggplant or zucchini mini pizzas! My two year old is a huge fan of these; they’re a little more her size!

 

Note on Hiding Vegetables in a Childs’ Food

I know there is controversy on whether or not you should hide veggies for kids. There’s certainly pros and cons to doing it.

Pros:

  • kids get the vitamins and minerals they need and maintain optimal health
  • if they don’t know they’re eating veggies, they can’t get mad at you for feeding them veggies

Cons:

  • they could get mad at you when they find out they are eating veggies
  • they don’t learn to love veggies on their own

All in all, it’s really up to you, what you choose to do for your kids; you can certainly use the recipes above whether you want to hide veggies in your kids meals or not. It’s going to depend a lot on you and your child and how they’re prepared.

I would highly recommend to not hide food if your child is a pre-teen or teenager.

They’re old enough to understand the importance, as long as you teach them about it!

Don’t just rely on your childs school to teach them about nutrition; good chance you’ll be disappointed in how little is actually taught. Plus, the older they get, the more independent they will want to be; they should get a choice for what goes into their body. But, you, as the parent, need to teach them how it will affect their minds and bodies; they won’t know unless they are taught!

If your child is little still, like 5 and under, and they ‘don’t like’ veggies because someone else said they don’t like veggies, then hiding them in other foods, at first, may be beneficial. Then, just make sure to explain to them how yummy those veggies actually are, and that they already eat them, they just don’t notice.

Make sure you eat veggies in front of them, as well. Otherwise they won’t want them if you’re not eating them; be a good example for your kids with your  eating habits!

My 5 year old has been at a stage lately where she thinks about 50% of the food I give her is disgusting, so believe me, I get it! It’s hard to get kids to eat what we want them to. Whether it’s making sure they get enough veggies, or protein; it can sometimes be a real struggle.

So, take the food ideas from above and use them to your advantage; either in the way I suggested, or in your own way!

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7 Easy Vegan Simple Recipes for Healthy Eating | Beginner Vegans

Have you ever wanted to have a vegan diet, but didn’t know what type of meals you could eat? You just wanted an easy vegan simple recipe for healthy eating.

Well, I’ve been there, too! Vegan meals may seem intimidating to make at first, but they’re really not that difficult to make, I promise.

It’s not easy to change what you eat. And, when it comes to making sure you are getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals; that’s even trickier.

It takes time, persistence, and discipline to change your diet.

But, I’m going to help you out since I’ve already been through the struggle and don’t want to see you having to struggle, too!

Stop struggling with beginning a vegan, or plant based, diet and learn how to do it with confidence instead! Find out how, here!

Keep reading to find the 7 best quick and easy vegan meals! (In mine and my girls opinion, that is, mother and child approved! YAY!!) Because sometimes when you search for vegan meals, they don’t always look the yummiest.

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Why I Know You Need Quick and Simple Vegan Recipes as a Beginner

My goal with you reading this is to help you find delicious looking, and delicious tasting meals that the whole family will love!!

I have been trying to change my diet towards a healthier vegan diet, or plant based, for over 5 years. So, I’m not going to tell you it’ll be easy, but hey everyone is different, so it might be for you!

Since I’ve started my journey, I have taken a nutrition course and sociology of food course in college, watched quite a few documentaries on the subject, been given half a dozen vegan cookbooks, and have been a little obsessed with eating healthier.

I may have had a little advantage over others when trying to cut all animal products out of my consumption; I’ve been a vegetarian since I was a kid. Not because I was made to or told to. It was my own decision, and I’ve kept it up for 20 years.

This vegan thing becomes even trickier when you have a family to feed, and when not everyone is willing or wanting to change their diet. But, if you’re the one who cooks, they don’t really have much of a choice, plus it’s better for them. The best tip I can give you for feeding a family that isn’t used to ‘vegan’ meals is to start with vegetarian meals and then start swapping out some of the ingredients to make them vegan.

Or, better yet, find some new ‘vegan’ meals everyone loves.

Kids may not care so much, unless you’ve already introduced them to cheese and they go without cheese for quite some time. (My 5 year old is like that.) Do you have any idea how addictive cheese is; it’s ridiculous how addictive it is.  If you’re not already vegan, try cutting cheese, or better yet dairy, from your diet for a week. Let me know how it goes!

Finding the right meals for your family could take some experimenting.

It’ll take some time and patience; and, I’m going to tell you right now that you may not even like everything you cook.

But, it doesn’t mean you should give up. It’s good to try new foods and introduce new things into you diet. Especially when it’s new fruits or veggies, beans or rice, or maybe even tofu! The first like 10 times I tried making tofu, I hated it. About 6 months ago, I found a recipe I love, and now I eat it every week! 

Whenever we try new things in my home, my 5 year old reminds us all of the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episode when they try new foods. Then, she’s ok with trying it.

But, to get to what you came here for, here’s 7 Easy Vegan Simple Recipes for Healthy Eating and beginners (and just so you know, they aren’t in any particular order; they’re all awesome). These recipes are also family friendly and won’t make you hate eating healthy! Many of them are pretty quick to make, too. And, we all know how valuable our time is.

 

 

7 Easy Vegan Simple Recipes for Healthy Eating

1. Diced Veggie Vegan Burritos

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So, I might be a little biased with this recipe. I created this burrito recipe on a whim with inspiration from Moe’s (Southwest Grill). I only ate from the restaurant once, but I loved the food I had from there! So, I had to try to recreate what I had. And, after my family moved from the east coast to the west coast of the U.S., this restaurant is no where to be found.

Plus, this meal contains complete protein (with the beans and rice combined), which is what most non-vegans complain about vegans not having enough of. Even my nutrition professor from when I was in college said to make sure you combine food together like this to get complete protein. What most non-vegans don’t understand though, is that there is protein in more than just meat and dairy products!

Click here to check out the recipe!

 

 

2. Quinoa Corn and Potato Stew

If you have never had quinoa before, this is a must try!

Quinoa boasts about being a complete protein all by itself. I know some people who have tried quinoa and didn’t like it, but I’m pretty sure the only way that can happen is if it’s completely plain.

This quinoa stew (found in this cookbook) however, is anything but plain! It’s super simple to make! And, it’s filling! My husband even loves this recipe, and he’s not a vegan (and doesn’t appreciate that I try to make healthy food).

 

3. Pasta Salad

Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

My first time ever making pasta salad was about two years ago. I don’t even know if I’d had it before then. I didn’t follow a recipe or anything like that. But, I wanted pasta salad. So, I made it.

I cooked some rotini pasta. Mixed together some fruits and veggies, a little olive oil and a little lemon juice. Then cooled the pasta and mixed it in. My husband even liked it; it was that good. And, if you haven’t read any of my other articles, one thing you should know is that getting my husband to like something, or even try something, I make is very difficult. Check out the recipe here!

 

4. Avocado Tomato Sandwich

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This is my alternative to a grilled cheese!

Whenever I crave a grilled cheese, I make one of these instead! It’s super simple and can be made in about 5 minutes or less. 2 pieces of toast, half an avocado to spread on both pieces of bread, 1 tomato thinly sliced, and some garlic and sea salt. Put it together, and it doesn’t even compare to a grilled cheese anymore; it is so much better, plus healthier!

My girls (2 and 5 years old) will eat these, as well. Sometimes my younger daughter will just pick the avocado and tomatoes out and eat those and leave the bread. But, she’ll also eat half an avocado plain and ignore a cookie on her tray, too. I’ve even tested this theory! Find the Recipe here

 

5. Best Soup Ever

If you’re trying to add more veggies into your diet but don’t know how; try this simple soup. You pretty much just add in any veggie you want, some pasta, beans, veggie stock or bullion cube and a few other items; it’s done when it’s warm and the pasta is soft.

It’s usually only myself and older daughter who eats this when made, so I usually cut all the veggies up for a full recipe and freeze half of them. Or, I make a full recipe of this soup and freeze half of the soup for a week, for sometime in the future. This soup usually lasts all week, or at least 5 days, with half the recipe. I found it on 7dayvegan.com, they have many other vegan recipes, as well!

 

6. Vegan Pizza

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How can you go wrong with pizza?!

It’s a favorite in many households and there are so many different ways to make it. I know, one of the main ingredients to pizza is cheese. But, guess what. I replaced the cheese on my pizza with nutritional yeast (yay! now it’s vegan and full of the nutrients I need! Hello vitamin B12!) and it doesn’t taste too bad, either!

Actually, the only difference I really tasted was that there’s not as much grease. With adding veggies as toppings, it also gives you more nutrients than the regular cheese pizza that I used to crave. You could make it even better for you and add some beans on top. Maybe next time. I’m currently eating what you see in the picture below, and it is delicious!

(My 5 year old helped make it, she put the toppings on the left side.)

 

7. Vegan Cauliflower Mac and Cheese from Vegan Insanity

This may be the last meal listed, but that does not mean that it’s not the best!

This mac and cheese is one of the reasons it has been possible for me to stay vegan; I can still eat the comfort foods I grew up with, just with different ingredients.

This recipe was not the first vegan mac and cheese recipe I have tried. I’ve tried recipes that required tofu or squash in it, and they just didn’t taste like something I could enjoy, long term.

Then I found this recipe and went out to buy a food processor (and by ‘went out’ I mean went to amazon.com). Once I had it, I bought all the ingredients and made this recipe. It was soo good, I immediately placed it on my meal list (the list I use when coming up with meal plans). You can get the meal planning templates I use here, for free!


Check out these posts Quick & Simple Vegan Recipes for Beginners and Busy People (AKA Parents).

(And, no, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the recipes in those posts; I simply find meals designed for kids are more appealing to us adults, as well!)


 

I hope this list of the 7 awesome meals for beginner vegans has inspired you to love the food you make and eat.

And, hopefully you have at least one new recipe to try and love, no matter which recipe it is!

All of these are some of my favorites, and like I said, I even got my husband to eat some.

So, good luck on your journey to becoming vegan or enjoying a vegan lifestyle the healthy way!

If you didn’t notice, one thing all these recipes had in common (other than being vegan) was that all contained 2 or more fruits and veggies in them! With the Standard American Diet (SAD) severely lacking in this area, this is so important!


Also, check out my meal planning guides;

How to Make a Healthy Meal Plan on a Budget

and

How to Meal Plan (when you have no motivation to do so)


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6 Super Healthy Pregnancy Recipes

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6 Super Healthy Pregnancy Recipes

Eating healthy during pregnancy should be a no brainer. But, finding healthy pregnancy recipes that you’ll actually enjoy; whether fighting with morning sickness or not, is a whole other story!

Below, you will find 6 different recipes for pregnancy that have vital nutrients in them.

Three of them are specifically designed for the rough first trimester when you may be experiencing morning sickness and can barely keep anything down; make sure you try those recipes! They could help you out more than just providing your body, and baby, with the nutrients needed; they could actually help relieve morning sickness, at least for a little while!

The other three are packed full of nutrients every pregnant mama needs in her diet! But, I’d wait til your morning sickness is gone to try those! All the recipes below are also plant based or vegan, so no having to worry about most common allergies!


Related Posts:

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10 Common First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms and How to Deal with Them


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Healthy Recipes for Pregnancy When You Have Morning Sickness!

Morning sickness is a pain!

You’re nauseous all day long and could vomit at the thought of something, anything really. A scent, or certain smell from the kitchen, that you used to love, could now be sending you to the bathroom to throw up what ever you just ate, or didn’t eat!

It’s not fun, to say the least. But, you still need to eat, and at least try to keep some food, and liquids, down. That’s why the recipes below are so great!

The recipes below have ingredients in them to help combat morning sickness, keep you hydrated, and get some nutrients to stay in your body for yourself and unborn baby! Go check them out.

Cinnamon Spice Cookie Acai Bowl

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Anti-Aging Watermelon Ginger Berry Detox Juice

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TROPICAL TUMMY MANGO FAUX-JITO FROM THE ULTIMATE NEW MOM’S COOKBOOK

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Eating Well During Pregnancy!

Once you’re over your morning sickness, there are even more healthy recipes you can try for getting the needed nutrients to your unborn baby!

Many will include beets; beets are like a super food for pregnant women!

Unfortunately, for many people beets are an acquired taste. Meaning you may have to try them quite to a few times to learn how to enjoy them.

But, beets provide many nutrients, such as:

  • folic acid (vital to help prevent birth defects)
  • vitamin C (to boost immunity)
  • fiber (to help avoid constipation)
  • iron (to help prevent anemia)
  • potassium (for much needed energy and electrolyte
  • manganese

So, to say the least, if you can get beets into your diet during pregnancy (or anytime) it will greatly benefit you!

To make it a bit easier, check out the recipes below! (The smoothie recipe at the bottom is my own; it may not look good, but myself and 3 year old actually love it!)

*If you’ve never used beets before, or can’t stand the smell of roasting beets; get canned, or frozen if available, just make sure there’s no other added ingredients to it.

 


ROASTED BEET, DELICATA SQUASH, AND BLACK BEAN QUINOA SALAD

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BEETROOT AND GARLIC HUMMUS

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Beet Smoothie Recipe

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Eating Healthy During Pregnancy isn’t Always Easy, but it is Possible!

It can be a challenge to eat healthy during pregnancy. Believe me, I get it! I seriously do.

The first trimester feels like it’ll never end with all the morning sickness, and you want to be able to eat and drink things are a healthy for yourself and baby; but keeping it down is a whole other story!

(Check out What to Eat When You Have Morning Sickness All Day: 54 Ideas along with the recipes in the first section for a little relief.)

Once you get past the morning sickness is when you can start eating better and should be paying attention to what you put in your body.

Be sure to pop over to some of the recipes above to try out some super healthy pregnancy recipes that you can enjoy…you know, when you’re not throwing up!

 

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Eating While Breastfeeding: 31 Recipes That Make it Possible!

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Eating While Breastfeeding: 31 Recipes That Make it Possible!

Not eating enough while breastfeeding can have some major consequences, for yourself and newborn! That’s why you would have always found me eating while breastfeeding my daughters, whether a small snack or a full meal.

When you don’t eat enough as a new mom, and choose to breastfeed your infant, you lack the energy that you so badly need, and can even make it difficult for your newborn to gain weight; a new moms worst nightmare.

Maybe you’re trying to eat enough food through out the day; you have it all prepared and ready to eat. But, every time you sit down to eat, your newborn starts crying in the way you know means they want to nurse!

This happened to me for both of my girls, and I’m going to make sure I’m prepared in case it happens with my third, as well.

It’s like they know you’re just about to eat, so they let you know that that’s just not going to happen; not unless they get to eat, too.

That’s why you need the recipes below!

Why you need to give up the idea of always eating at the table without an infant attached to your nipple.

If you want to eat while being a breastfeeding mom, you have to become creative and learn to multitask, and eat when your newborn eat; otherwise you won’t get enough food you need everyday.


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Can I eat while breastfeeding at the same time?

Maybe you’re wondering if it’s even possible to eat while you’re breastfeeding a newborn; after all, won’t it be messy?

While there are a few things you have to watch out for, and won’t be able to eat with a newborn on your lap; there are still plenty of healthy, nutrient rich options, for you to eat!

Food and drinks you can’t have while nursing an infant on your lap:

  • hot beverages, such as tea, coffee, hot cocoa, etc.
  • soups
  • any hot foods (let them cool completely first)
  • foods that require you to cut them in order to eat
  • foods that could easily leak or be dropped on your baby
  • any food that is messy to eat or that requires two hand to eat

Luckily, there are plenty of foods, sweet and savory, for you to eat all day long while breastfeeding. You don’t have to resort to store bought meal replacement drinks or bars; they’re no good for you or your baby anyways!

Check out the 31 recipes below that will allow you to easily get in the nutrients while you’re physically nursing your newborn. You’ll thank me later, when you’re stuck nursing for an hour and a half with no end in sight and know you need to eat something!

Sweet

Gluten-Free Cereal Bars

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MY GO TO GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

Green Smoothie Recipe
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Easy Vegan Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

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Homemade Gluten-Free + Allergy-Free Uncrustables (Vegan)

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Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins for a Healthy Breakfast

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Healthy Chewy No Bake Granola Bars

Photo from happykitchen.rocks

 

CINNAMON ROLL PROTEIN OATMEAL MUFFINS

Photo from vegannie.com

 

FUDGY DARK CHOCOLATE BANANA WALNUT BROWNIES

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Savory

vegan grilled veggie & tofu wraps with hummus

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Mango Avocado Spring Rolls (Vegan)

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HOW TO MAKE AWESOME AVOCADO AND TOMATO SANDWICHES

avocado tomato sandwich
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Jamaican Lentil Patties (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

 

Grilled Green Goddess Wraps

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Buffalo Tahini Quinoa & Rice Wraps (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

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Easy Gluten-Free + Vegan Pizza Bagels (Allergy-Free)

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Vegetable Spring Rolls Recipe

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Veggie Tacos with Vegan Cashew Chipotle Sauce

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Savory Muffins with Kale and Chives (Don’t Tell Anyone They’re Vegan)

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VEGAN SALAD SPRING ROLLS

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Freezer-Friendly Tofu Breakfast Burritos

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Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls

Photo from happykitchen.rocks

 

VEGAN QUICHE CUPS

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Vegan Pepperoni Pizza Donuts

Photo from vegandollhouse.com

 

Banh Mi Summer Rolls

Photo from loveandgoodstuff.com

 

Jerk Black Bean Tacos with Mango Salsa

Photo from loveandgoodstuff.com

 

Tortilla Pizza Rollups

Photo from onmykidsplate.com

 

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

Photo from recipesfromapantry.com

 

VEGAN TUNA MAYO (TUNA SALAD) SANDWICH

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Chestnut and Beetroot Wellingtons with Watercress Pesto

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vegan tofu scramble breakfast pockets

Photo from thebakingfairy.net

 

One Handed Meals can be a Lifesaver When You’re a Breastfeeding Mommy

Whether you have already given birth, or are looking for ways to make the time after birth easier; I’m sure you’ll love some of the recipes above just as I do. They are all also plant based or vegan, since many vegan recipes tend to focus on wholesome nutrients and tend to be healthier than the standard American diet!

Even if you don’t like one of the specific recipes above, they should give you a great starting point and many ideas for things you’ll be able to eat during that fourth trimester while breastfeeding your little one. Because, when you choose to breastfeed, your child depends on you for everything. What and how much you eat affects them and how they grow.

Don’t fall into thinking you can eat because you are nursing, they need better than that. Even if that means you have to carefully eat all your snacks and meals when they do!

If you’re a breastfeeding mom, or plan to breastfeed; you NEED to find a way for eating while breastfeeding, and the above recipes will help you do just that! Share you favorite one-handed meals or snacks in the comments.

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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)

Photo from foodmeanderings.com

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

Photo from thishealthykitchen.com
*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)

Photo from caseythecollegeceliac.blogspot.com
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

Photo from freezermeals101.com

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)

Photo from rhiansrecipes.com

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)

Looking for healthy toddler meal ideas for your little one? Check out these close to plant based meals that your toddler will love! #toddlermeals #toddler #veganrecipes #kidfood #stresslessbehealthy

28 Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas (with Recipes)

Are you frustrated trying to come up with toddler meal ideas, for even snacks, 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!

In my opinion, the healthiest foods for toddlers, or+ 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.

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; with an older child who can tell you exactly what they like, or don’t like, and why, it can be a bit easier.

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 or sign up below for 130+ snack ideas from A to Z.


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Easy 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)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

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!

 

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 your child has 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)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

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.

 

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 brussel sprouts 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

Looking for a quick and healthy homemade recipe for breakfast that your kids won't refuse? You have got to try this blueberry oatmeal! It's 100% plant based and so delicious you may need to double the recipe! #blueberry #blueberries #oatmeal #veganrecipes #healthyrecipes #stresslessbehealthy
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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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If you’re wondering:

What can I feed my toddler for dinner?

Then I’ve got you covered, as well!

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!

 

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

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

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 they 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.

 

Delicious Diced Veggie Vegan Burritos

vegan burrito recipe

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!

 

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!

How to Make Awesome Avocado and Tomato Sandwiches

avocado tomato sandwich
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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!

 

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

Photo from thishealthykitchen.com
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!

Silky Vegan Mac and Cheese

Photo from happykitchen.rocks
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.

Socca Three Ways! (Gluten Free Chickpea Flatbread)

Photo from thishealthykitchen.com

Dairy Free Mac & Cheese with Roasted Sweet Potato

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Mozzarella Sticks – Gluten Free and Vegan

Photo from pinkfortitude.com

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.

 

CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC N’ CHEESE

Photo from maybeiwill.com

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}

Photo from recipesfromapantry.com

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

Photo from happykitchen.rocks

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.

 


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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 you want 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 and snacks with protein, but definitely ‘good for you’ ingredients.

If only ‘normal’ stores sold 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 together 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.)

 


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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!

Want to Remember This? Pin 26 Healthy Toddler Snack Recipes That Your Picky Eaters will Love to your favorite Pinterest Board!!

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What snacks are good for toddlers?

Toddlers don’t eat a lot at once, so they tend to eat a lot of snacks. This means we need to make sure that their snacks are filling and wholesome.

Snacks with nutrients in them, not just something to hold them over for the time being.

Fun and Healthy snacks include:

  • whole grains
  • fruits
  • veggies
  • lean proteins
  • and are are plant based as possible!

Unhealthy snacks are usually the ones that:

  • are store bought (usually)
  • have refined white flour
  • have a lot of oil
  • have ingredients that lack nutrients
  • have too much sugar
  • etc.

Don’t worry, it’s not that hard to find healthy toddler snacks that will keep them full and give the the vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, etc. that they need! Just take a look below!

Healthy Toddler Snack Ideas

Mozzarella Sticks – Gluten Free and Vegan

Photo from pinkfortitude.com

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

Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

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!

 

 

Oven Baked Beet Chips

Photo from pinkfortitude.com

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.

 

The Best Energy Bites Recipe of All Time

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Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

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!

 

VEGAN APRICOT AND DATE OAT FLAPJACKS

Photo from honestmum.com

 

Excellent Eggplant Fries Recipe

Eggplant Fries Recipe
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com
Photo from delightfuladventures.com

 

My Simple Homemade Applesauce (that you’ll regret not making)!!

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Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

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.


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Chocolate Banana Coconut Chia Pudding

Photo from delightfuladventures.com

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!

 

Surprisingly Delicious Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe!!!

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Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

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!

 

HEALTHY OVEN BAKED ZUCCHINI CHIPS RECIPE – NO BREADING

Photo from wholesomeyum.com

Baked Zucchini Tater Tots

Photo from thishealthykitchen.com

My Go to Green Smoothie Recipe

Green Smoothie Recipe
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

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.


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

Photo from flavourstreat.com
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

Photo from honestmum.com

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!

 

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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)!

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