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

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

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

Nothing says Christmas time like baking cookies!

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

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

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

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

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

Pine Needle Shortbread Cookies

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

 

SNOWMEN MERINGUE COOKIES (VEGAN & GF)

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

 

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls (Vegan)

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

 

BUTTERY SOFT JAM THUMBPRINT COOKIES

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

 

Chewy Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

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

 

VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES

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

PALEO & VEGAN ALMOND BUTTER BLOSSOM COOKIES

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

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

 

VEGAN CHERRY PISTACHIO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP MOLASSES CRINKLES COOKIES

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VEGAN CARAMEL-STUFFED DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN VANILLA CUT-OUT COOKIES

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3-INGREDIENT BUTTERY SHORTBREAD COOKIES

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

 

SALTED CARAMEL THUMBPRINT COOKIES

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VEGAN DANISH BUTTER COOKIES

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PERFECT VEGAN SUGAR COOKIES

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Yeah,

Me too.

That’s where meal prepping comes in!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HOMEMADE VEGAN RAVIOLI

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

SOUTHWEST VEGAN BREAKFAST BURRITO

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

Chickpea and Vegetable Curry

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

Related Post: Delicious Diced Veggie Vegan Burritos

MAKE-AHEAD KALE AND SWEET POTATO BURRITOS

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

PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE {VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE}

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


HOMEMADE VEGAN PIZZA POCKETS WITH MARINARA SAUCE

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

EGGPLANT CHICKPEA PEANUT CURRY (VEGAN + GF)

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

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

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

Related Post: 7 Awesome Meals for Beginner Vegans!

FREEZER BLACK BEAN FAJITA BURRITOS 

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

EASY ROMAINE LETTUCE SOUP RECIPE – DAIRY FREE

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


13 Mouth Watering Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

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

13 Mouth Watering Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

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

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

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

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

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GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN APPLE PIE

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

Other posts Rhians recipes have been featured in:

23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

27 Healthy Smoothie Bowls and Smoothie Recipes for Kids

and more!

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

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

Related Post: 8 Ways to Teach Children Thankfulness

The Healthiest Crustless Pumpkin Pie

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

THE BEST GRAIN-FREE VEGAN PUMPKIN PIE

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

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

Vegan Pumpkin Pie With Caramel Sauce

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

THE BEST Vegan Apple Crisp!!

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

Related Post: Healthy Peanut Butter Balls (Vegan)

Paleo Triple Berry Crisp

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

Nutty Pear Crumble- Vegan and Gluten Free

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Related Post: Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Blossoms

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

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

INSTANT POT BROWNIES WITH PUMPKIN {VEGAN}

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

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SPICED BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHIA PUDDING

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SLOW COOKER PUMPKIN SPICE TAPIOCA PUDDING (VEGAN)

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PUMPKIN PIE CHIA PUDDING

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

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

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

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

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

31 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Even Your Kids Will Eat

Looking for health vegan thanksgiving sides? Something easy to make that you know your picky eater child will actually eat? Check out these 31 side dish recipes that are picky eater approved, contain veggies, and are actually healthy! From green bean recipes and mashed potatoes, to more!

31 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Even Your Kids Will Eat

Raising a vegan child, or coming up with food to eat on Thanksgiving as a vegan doesn’t have to be hard!

Even though this holiday is sometimes called ‘turkey day’ does no mean you’re missing out, or denying your child of Holiday fun, by replacing unhealthy non-vegan food with recipes that will actually provide nutrients and value to the diet!

Related Post: 15 AWESOME Vegan Dishes for Thanksgiving; Picky Eater Approved!

Sides are a really simple way to add in more veggies to a Thanksgiving meal. Plus, most sides are already vegan, or only need a few ingredient swaps to make them so.

Check out the recipes below for some delicious ideas for vegan Thanksgiving side dishes that your children will actually eat!

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a classic Thanksgiving side. There’s also around a thousand (exaggeration, but then again, there’s probably more) ways to make mashed potatoes! So, there are certainly plenty of ways to make mashed potatoes vegan, check out the recipes below.

There’s even a purple mashed potato recipe below, to make things fun for your little ones who are picky eaters, let’s not forget to make this fun!

THE CREAMIEST VEGAN CAULIFLOWER MASHED POTATOES {GF}

 

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Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic

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Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo)

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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Other Potato Side Dishes

You can never have enough potato dishes at Thanksgiving!

Whether it’s sweet potatoes, or regular potatoes you use; they’re so versatile, filling, and delicious. Make them simple, or complex. Check out the recipes below for your Thanksgiving sides this year.

Healthy Sweet Potatoes – No Marshmallows Needed

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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Stuffing

Even if you’ve never really been a fan of stuffing (like me), the recipes below will change your mind on that! Go check them out and try them for yourself.

Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing Recipe

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The Best Gluten Free and Vegan Stuffing

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The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Stuffing

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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Cranberry and Apple Sauces

These may be your go to side dishes when feeding your little ones, so make them feel special and make these recipes yourself!

SUGAR FREE CRANBERRY SAUCE (KETO, LOW CARB)

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

simple homemade applesauce
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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Gravy and Hummus

Gravy is a Thanksgiving classic, so be sure to check out the vegan and gluten free recipe of that below. Plus, kids love to dip their food in things, have them try the hummus below for a healthy alternative to store bought.

SHIITAKE MUSHROOM GRAVY {VEGAN & GF}

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PUMPKIN SAGE WHITE BEAN HUMMUS (VEGAN + GF)

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Looking for health vegan thanksgiving sides? Something easy to make that you know your picky eater child will actually eat? Check out these 31 side dish recipes that are picky eater approved, contain veggies, and are actually healthy! From green bean recipes and mashed potatoes, to more!

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Green Beans

ROASTED JICAMA WITH GREEN BEANS – WHOLE30, PALEO

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Cold Green Bean Salad with French Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

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ROASTED GREEN BEANS

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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Other Veggies

There are so many different types of produce that are in season in the fall, don’t forget to include them in your Thanksgiving sides!

 

ROASTED CELERY ROOT AND RADISHES

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5-Minute Sugar-Free + Vegan Cream-Style Corn (Gluten-Free)

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CARAMELIZED ROASTED PUMPKIN

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BAKED BROWN SUGAR CINNAMON ACORN SQUASH

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Orange Ginger Carrot Recipe – Whole30 Recipe

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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Breads and More!

For when they need some ‘normal’ Thanksgiving side dishes to feel like everyone else.

Plus, the pumpkin bread below is moist and delicious and possibly even better than the kind my mom made when I was young; I’m not just saying that because it’s my recipe, either!

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Vegan Pumpkin Bread
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Rustic Gluten-Free Cornbread

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Rosemary Sweet Potato Rolls / Pizza Dough

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LENTIL MEATLOAF MUFFINS (VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE)

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Whether you were looking for ways to turn your favorite side dishes into vegan side dishes, or find some new vegan family favorites; I hope you were able to find them here!

The recipes above are delicious, healthy, and ones that even my picky eater will eat! Be sure to save this post as a future reference for Thanksgivings in the future, and be sure to subscribe to receive my emails and get access to some great printables. (Like, the list of produce in season in the fall, questions to ask your children to encourage thankfulness, and plenty more!)

Looking for health vegan thanksgiving sides? Something easy to make that you know your picky eater child will actually eat? Check out these 31 side dish recipes that are picky eater approved, contain veggies, and are actually healthy! From green bean recipes and mashed potatoes, to more!

9 Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes

Looking for a vegan thanksgiving main dish? Easy vegan thanksgiving dinner recipes? Whether it's salads or a heartier meal you're after, come check out these 9 thanksgiving recipes for vegans!

9 Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes

If you’re new to being vegan, or trying to raise vegan children, then you may think to yourself around this time of year ‘what am I going to be able to eat at Thanksgiving?’

Sure, there’s side dishes and desserts that are naturally vegan without making any changes to them. But, what about the main course? Is there such thing as vegan thanksgiving main dishes?

Of course!

Non-vegans may have turkey and ham; some people even call this holiday ‘turkey day’.

Well, vegans and those who eat plant based have plenty of options, too! And, it may not be as difficult as you think to make ‘vegan’ thanksgiving food.

Related Post: The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Start  by thinking of the food you ate on Thanksgiving before you switched to a vegan diet; what did you eat? What can you make vegan?

There’s a good chance you can change a few ingredients in your Thanksgiving favorites and make vegan options! Such as mac and cheese, meatloaf (turned into lentil loaf), salads, and more!

You could try veganizing your own family recipes, or, check out the amazing recipes below for some delicious vegan Thanksgiving main dishes recipes!

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BAKED VEGAN PUMPKIN MAC AND CHEESE {GF}

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Mac and cheese is a Thanksgiving classic, at least for my family! Luckily, you can still eat it when vegan; simply make a ‘cheese’ sauce, instead of using cheese made from cow’s milk. No need to buy the ‘alternative’ or dairy free packaged ‘cheeses’ either (I’m not a fan of those). Follow the recipe above or use this one which makes it’s sauce from veggies.

SHREDDED BRUSSELS SPROUT PERSIMMON SALAD

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Don’t forget to get your veggies in during this Holiday! Just because it’s Thanksgiving, doesn’t mean you can’t have a festive salad.

Related Post: 10 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes My Kids Go Crazy For

Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf

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At first thought, lentil loaves may not sound that delicious (then again, meatloaf has never sounded good to me), but after trying this recipe; you won’t be disappointed!

Fall Harvest Kale Salad

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Trick, Treat, or Yummy Gypsy Soup

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Alright, so this recipe may have been meant for Halloween, but a nice warm soup paired with biscuits or rolls on Thanksgiving; that sounds pretty good to me.

Warm Apple Butternut Farro

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Try a new dish this year and opt for this Warm Apple Butternut Farro. Expand your taste buds, they’ll thank you for it!

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Mushroom Lentil Loaf with Cranberries

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A flavorful twist on lentil loafs, that your kids will be asking you to make all year long!

WILD RICE SALAD WITH APPLE AND POMEGRANATE

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Fall is apple season, don’t forget to include it in your Thanksgiving dishes; and no, not just the applesauce!

Related Post: THE BEST Vegan Apple Crisp!!

15 MIN ORANGE, PISTACHIO AND POMEGRANATE COUSCOUS SALAD {VEGAN}

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Need to through something together quick to bring to Thanksgiving, or hosting Thanksgiving and just found out you’re going to have a vegan guest; whip up this main dish in no time and help them feel more welcomed!

 

These are just a few of the many vegan Thanksgiving main dishes that are out there that you can make!

You can veganize almost any Thanksgiving family recipe, search for more on google, or on Pinterest. I’ve even started a board on Pinterest to collect some delicious vegan Thanksgiving recipes. Follow me @stresslessbehealthy

Comment below with your favorite vegan Thanksgiving main dishes and don’t forget to share with vegan friends, or Thanksgiving hosts who will having vegan guests. I’m sure they’ll appreciate the extra help. Maybe you could even make a board on Pinterest that you all share for recipes you might want to try for Thanksgiving; make sure to pin this post for some inspiration and the amazing recipes above!

Looking for a vegan thanksgiving main dish? Easy vegan thanksgiving dinner recipes? Whether it's salads or a heartier meal you're after, come check out these 9 thanksgiving recipes for vegans!

 

Dishes for Thanksgiving

15 AWESOME Vegan Dishes for Thanksgiving; Picky Eater Approved!

Are you vegan, or curious what vegans can eat on a day celebrated by eating turkeys?

Well, just to let you know, in 2016 there were 45 million turkeys killed for thanksgiving. Can you believe that? It’s the real number; it may be slightly estimated, but a simple google search will prove that I’m not making it up!

Us vegans; we don’t contribute to that number.

This can make some family members frustrated and racking their brains on what they should serve us at Thanksgiving.

But, in all honesty, it’s quite simple. Many things we eat on Thanksgiving are the same as non-vegans; take it from someone who became a vegetarian at age 7.

And again, this is a day of thankfulness; don’t get caught up on what we can’t eat, there are so many options for what we can eat.

To make it a bit more simple and lay out some vegan Thanksgiving dishes for you; I’ve compiled a list of meal ideas and side dishes.

(That I’d like to bet are even more delicious than your ‘non-vegan’ or traditional Thanksgiving dishes.)

I hope this helps clear a few things up and makes it easier for you to eat, or prepare food, for Thanksgiving. Because, this holiday is mostly about food, you know.

And, don’t be scared, I’m only adding ‘normal’ food to the list, or vegan versions of ‘normal’ Thanksgiving foods.

Only dishes that you’re children won’t say ‘eww, gross’ to, will be on the list below. This way they are safe enough to bring to your own Thanksgiving dinner without getting too many people rolling their eyes at you. Plus, you won’t have to go to a special health food store to buy the ingredients. (Nothing worse than finding a recipe and then realizing you don’t even know what half the ingredients are; or worse, not even knowing where to go to buy them!)

If you need help with teaching thanks to the children you know, head over to 8 Ways to Teach Your Children to be Thankful.

Meals

Sure, omnivores have their turkey or ham, and to be honest, I don’t even really know what other main dishes omnivores eat at Thanksgiving anymore.

One thing I can tell you is that vegans have just as many, if not more, delicious options to choose from. Below are a few that I’ll be making (and probably attempting to freeze) for Thanksgiving. We’re going to be eating these for days, if not weeks after, as I’m making a homemade Thanksgiving feast for just my family this year. (This includes myself, husband, and two little girls. We, unfortunately, can’t make it back east for the holidays this year.)

Vegan Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

My favorite recipe for vegan mac and cheese is called Vegan Cauliflower Mac and Cheese from Vegan Insanity. I’ve been loving this recipe for almost 2 years now!

Vegan Pot Pie

I’ve never even had a pot pie before I became vegan. Honestly, I always though they sounded gross. This recipe has changed my mind about that!!

SWEET & SAVORY STUFFED ACORN SQUASH (VEGAN & GF)

There are a ton of ways to eat stuffed squash for Thanksgiving, and you can use pretty much any kind of squash. This recipe makes a sweet and savory meal that you’ll want to include in your Thanksgiving feast (and your meal plan at least once every month through out the year)!

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

A veganized traditional Thanksgiving dish; this dish looks soo good with the breadcrumb topping. A must have for this year’s Thanksgiving table!!

Sweet Potato Casserole

I found this gem of a recipe Mom’s Sweet Potato Casserole Made Gluten-Free and Vegan that takes a childhood favorite comfort food and turns it into a healthier vegan version. With how sweet this recipe is, I wasn’t quite sure whether to include it in with the main dishes or desserts; let’s count it as a main dish so we can eat more of it!!

Sides

Side dishes were my ‘go to’s’ when I was a child and decided to be a vegetarian.

Sides were basically all I could eat; they were the only thing at my families Thanksgiving that didn’t have some type of meat in them, well, besides the desserts.

My favorites growing up were my aunt’s amazing homemade applesauce (that I for some reason never asked the recipe for), cranberry sauce, and my mom’s pumpkin bread. Even my mom knew that these three things would always make it to my plate!

Apple Sauce

Even though I don’t have my aunt’s amazing recipe for the applesauce she makes every Thanksgiving, I do have my own amazing recipe for this classic side dish. Try it here.

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Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce always has it’s place on the Thanksgiving table; right in front of me! I have found a recipe for this, but with all of the other dishes to make; sometimes it’s just easier to buy this one. Luckily, cranberry sauce is vegan, even when bought in a can from the store, or  even on Amazon.

Sweet Potatoes

Whether you add a little brown sugar or maple syrup to them, or not, is up to you; but when I do my 5 year old can’t get enough! You also have the option of having baked sweet potato (stuffed or not stuffed) or mashed sweet potatoes!

Dinner Rolls or Biscuits

My favorite recipe that requires basic dough is Vegan Crazy Dough. Once you make the dough you can add spices or whatever else you’d like to it. Which is exactly what I do. I love to add some garlic and sea salt to this bread. But, for rolls and biscuits; just form and bake, nothing needs to be added.

Pumpkin Bread

I used to love my mom’s pumpkin bread whenever she made it. I never knew how much sugar and butter went into it until I started making it myself, or attempting to. Her version also contained eggs; not very vegan friendly. So, I took on the challenge of creating my own vegan version of pumpkin bread. And, even my five year old (who is in a stage where she is convinced everything I make is disgusting) loves this…we split a whole loaf by ourselves (in a single day).

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Roasted Veggies

This recipe is a must try, it’s called Autumn Roasted Veggies with Apples and Pecans and it is delicious!! Although, it is a mixture of fruits and veggies. But hey, it is certainly jazzed up enough for a Thanksgiving side; go ahead and give it a try!

Desserts

Apple Crisp

After loving the unhealthy version of apple crisp that my mom always made; I finally decided to make a healthy version that also happens to be vegan!!

BEST Vegan Apple Crisp

EASY VEGAN PUMPKIN PIE

Because who can have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie?

Pumpkin Cookies

This pumpkin cookie recipe was the one I grew up with that my mom always made, with a few tweaks to make it vegan (and a little healthier)!

vegan pumpkin cookies

Pecan Pie

Or, mini pecan pies cookies that are vegan. These are even better than making a whole pie. It’s less messy, for the kids, and no worrying about having to cut yet, another full pie. These would even make it worth it to go out and buy the mini muffin tins I’ve been wanting, but haven’t had a good enough excuse yet to buy. Now I have an awesome excuse!!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Feast

Whether you have been vegan for years, just starting out, or simply preparing food for someone who is vegan; I hope these Thanksgiving dish ideas helped you out.

Some of the dishes I tried for the first time this year and fell in love with, others I’ve been making for over a year and my go-to’s that I try to make at least once a month.

If you have any other vegan dishes for thanksgiving suggestions that are vegan, please include them in the comments and links would be appreciated as well, especially if you are the one who created it!!

Dishes for Thanksgiving

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23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

Everyday after school your kids need to eat, right?

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.

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) is to give them a healthy after school snack rich in protein! (AKA a High Protein Vegan Snacks) 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.

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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23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

High Protein Vegan Snacks: Energy Bites and Bars

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!

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!

Related Post: Apple Spice Energy Bites (the Perfect Energy Bites for Autumn)

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

the best energy bites

 

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.

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 the some of the recipes below. Plus, it’ll help you make tons of 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 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!)

 

23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

 

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 fr 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, instead!

 

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 others 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 can 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!

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 above is bound to turn picky eaters into happy little kids with an empty plate in no time!)

23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

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10 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes My Kids Go Crazy For

10 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes My Kids Go Crazy For

10 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes My Kids Go Crazy For

Want to start eating vegan, but don’t want to give up your favorite comfort foods? You don’t have to! Below you can find the vegan comfort food recipes that my two little kids will go crazy for and eat anytime I make them.

Even if you don’t eat a vegan diet, you and your kids will still benefit from the recipes below. They provide more nutrients on average than other homemade snacks and meals, and certainly more than their processed food versions!

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1. Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

I don’t like to make a lot of cookies for my girls, and when I do make them I like them to have quite a bit of nutrients in them. I usually opt for some type of oatmeal cookie, but figured if vegan brownies can be made with black beans, why can’t I combine chickpeas with peanut butter to make more filling peanut butter cookies!

Hint- freeze these cookies to make them crispier! That’s how my girls and I like them best. Unfortunately, even if I freeze these, they don’t tend to last more than a day or two. Get the recipe here. 

2. 1 Minute Coffee Cake In A Mug

Photo by chocolatecoveredkatie.com

This coffee cake in a mug from Chocolate Covered Katie is amazing! If anyone in my home is craving something sweet for breakfast, and I offer this, I get an immediate answer of ‘yes’ from everyone. Which is amazing, especially since my husband will even be quite happy eating these, and he doesn’t like eating things considered vegan, or healthy.

To be completely honest, I may use a big soup bowl mug and quadruple the recipe for my two girls and I to split. It’s less of a mess and enough for everyone.

3. (Vegan) Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins

I must make these at least once a month with my two little girls. I usually double the recipe from Baker by Nature and freeze them in hopes that they will last longer than a few days. I can barely get them to last a week, even with freezing them, but I can tell you that they freeze well and only take about 30 seconds to warm up in the microwave.

I sometimes even chop up apples and mix them in the dough before baking these. I don’t know what it is, but I love adding apples to baked goods!

4. healthy peanut butter cups

Photo from thehealthyfamilyandhome.com

Eating less processed foods, or even vegan, does not mean you have to give up your favorite candy! This recipe from the Healthy Family and Home is proof of it. I make these once a week…for myself. These help with my peanut butter chocolate craving, and are more satisfying than store bought reese’s. They only downside to these is if my girls see me eating one, then I’ll have to share and they disappear even quicker.

5. Homemade Spaghettios

I never ate spaghettios as a kid, I hated the thought of them from a can and most had meatballs in them. (I became a vegetarian when I was seven.) However, my husband grew up on spaghettios and other unhealthy food, so my oldest daughter ended up eating the canned spaghettios a few times when I was the working parent. Luckily, I was blessed enough to come across this recipe and both my girls love it!

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6. Light and Fluffy Vegan Waffles with Blueberry Sauce.

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Photo from theprettybee.com

If you are EVER looking for an easy and delicious waffle recipe; this is it! I know there are other posts on my blog that feature this same recipe; what can I say, it’s a favorite in my home. Go check out some of Kelly’s other recipes on her site the prettybee.com.

7. VEGAN CRAZY DOUGH

Photo from kitchennostalgia.com

This crazy dough boasts it can be used for everything, and it comes pretty close! We use it for pizza dough, regular sandwich bread, italian bread, cinnamon swirl bread, rolls, and more! It’ so versatile you can pretty much use it for anything. Go check it out here.

8. How to Make Awesome Avocado and Tomato Sandwiches

avocado tomato sandwich
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

My oldest daughter used to love grilled cheeses, and sometimes she still eats them. But, I wanted to find a healthier alternative that was actually vegan, seeing as how she does not like the taste of vegan sliced cheese and I’d prefer to go a less processed way when it comes to feeding my girls. Enter avocado tomato sandwiches, they can be made just like a grilled cheese, too. They just add in quite a few more nutrients, such as a healthy fat and vitamin C!

9. Split Pea & Sweet Potato Soup

I was kind of surprised about how much my girls love this recipe! It has a ton of veggies and a healthy protein in it, split peas. But, they love it and so do I. Go here to check it out for yourself! And, try not to get side-tracked by all of the colorful food on Kristen’s site, I’m a little jealous of all the pictures of her fridge that look like a rainbow.

10. Vegan Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Photo from veganinsanity.com

This may be the last recipe on the list, but it certainly isn’t the least. My girls and I absolutely love this mac and cheese recipe. It makes it so we don’t even miss the boxed mac and cheese that I grew up eating. Go here to check out the recipe and try it for yourself. It’s a great way to get more veggies into your childs diet without them even noticing, too!

I hope that you and your children love these vegan comfort food recipes and include them in your meal plans as much as my children and I do!

10 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes My Kids Go Crazy For

 healthy smoothie recipes

27 Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Kids

Are you trying to get more healthy food into your child, or maybe even yourself?

Or, maybe you’re struggling actually eating your greens?

At some point, or another, you’ve probably struggled with eating enough produce; according to Time Magazine about 90% of people in the United States don’t eat enough fruits and veggies!

90%…

That’s almost everyone!

And, let’s be real here, I don’t want you or me to be apart of that statistic.

So, check out the recipes below ASAP, get a blender (or nutribullet or nutri ninja) and start drinking the real food your body craves for!

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Healthy Smoothie Recipes – Green Smoothies

Green smoothies are one of the most well-known smoothies out there to help add more fruits and veggies into your diet. Even for the pickiest of kids who refuse their veggies. Check out the ones below!

1. PEAR KALE SMOOTHIE

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from sugarspiceandglitter.com

This recipe has been tested over and over again to make sure it is picky eater approved. The sweetness in it from the pear helps mask the flavor of the kale. So, go give this one a try, and get those veggies in your kids during breakfast, and quickly!

 

2. My Go to Green Smoothie Recipe

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

Alright, so this is my personal go to green smoothie; created purely from experimentation, trying out some superfoods, pure laziness, and trying to save some money.This smoothie will get you up and going all morning, and will provide the nutrients that both you and your kids need!

 

3. EASY BERRY GREEN SMOOTHIE

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from dancingthroughtherain.com

Another mom trying to get their kids to simply eat their veggies came up with this easy smoothie. The best part, other than the taste, may just be that it’s not even green! This smoothie is perfect if you’re really having difficulties trying to get your kids to eat, or drink, their greens. They won’t even know there’s any greens in it.

4. the Best Green Smoothie Recipe ~ Simple

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from veggiesociety.com

So, there’s no hiding the greens from kids, or yourself, in this smoothie. But, all of the health benefits it boasts is sure worth drinking this dark green healthy smoothie! Maybe tell your kids it’s a ‘hulk’ smoothie, to help them grow big and strong like their favorite super hero.

 

5. KID FRIENDLY BLUEBERRY KALE SMOOTHIE

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from hotpankitchen.com

Yes, another green smoothie that doesn’t show the ‘green’! Perfect for kids, and make sure you go check out the post to learn why you should use the ingredients in this smoothie, and what health benefits you and your children will gain from drinking it!

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Healthy Smoothie Recipes – Chocolate Smoothies

If you and your children have more a sweet tooth when it comes to breakfast and snacks through out the day; check out these chocolate smoothies to curb your cravings and provide you with plenty of nutrients!

6. Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from avirtualvegan.com

This healthy chocolate smoothie is rich and heavenly. It has a secret ingredient that I bet you can’t guess, and it’ll keep you full all morning! An ideal breakfast for a child too busy to eat before school and too picky to drink a green smoothie.

7. VEGAN CHOCOLATE SWEET POTATO MILKSHAKE

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from rhiansrecipes.com

Ok, so this may not necessarily be a smoothie, but a milkshake is close enough, right? It may require some prep work the day before (or when you normally meal prep), but you’ll thank yourself you did it! Plus, you can make this with only 3 simple ingredients (that are rather cheap, and absolutely good for you, and your children). So, put aside some time to peel and chop a veggie to freeze and reap the benefits the next morning with this milkshake!

8. Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from texanerin.com

If you’re looking for a thick, creamy, chocolaty smoothie that tastes almost like pudding (or could practically be pudding if you leave out just one ingredient); then this is a smoothie for you! Don’t worry, you can’t taste the avocado in this, it simply helps with creating a richer taste and creamier texture.

 

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Healthy Smoothie Bowl Recipes

Looking for something a bit more, that may be a little more filling; part smoothie, part food you actually have to chew? Check out the amazing smoothie bowl recipes below. Don’t forget to post your beautiful smoothie bowl picture on instagram before you eat it!

9. Healthy Vegan Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Healthy Vegan Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

This is my personal smoothie bowl recipe that put smiles on my little girls faces! Including 4 different kinds of fruit, kale, a few superfoods, plus non-dairy milk; this smoothie bowl is delicious and nutritious! God ahead and try it out for yourself!

10. STRAWBERRY BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE {BOWL}

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from recipesfromapantry.com

This smoothie bowl has a whole lot of berries, and plenty of protein and fiber; making it perfect after a long, tiring day. It also looks super pretty! Just be sure to use non-dairy milk if looking for a vegan smoothie bowl, instead of the recommended milk in the recipe.

11.  AVOCADO BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from thebakingfairy.net

Mmmm…rich and creamy, protein packed smoothie, topped with hints of what’s on the inside! This smoothie bowl is perfect for a quick breakfast before a long hard day; at work, school, or chasing after little ones! Find the recipe, along with the protein packed almond milk used in it, at thebakingfairy.net.

 

12. AFTER SCHOOL SNACK – KIDS SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPE

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from smartfundiy.com

This smoothie bowl recipe for kids is actually quite adorable.  First make the smoothie, then make a cute little face with the toppings; brilliant idea for a kids snack!! Check it out to see what ingredients are used.

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More Healthy Smoothie Recipes

There are sooo many different types of healthy smoothies recipes for kids; it’s hard to put all of them into specific categories

13. Creamy Banana Smoothie

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from avirtualvegan.com

This creamy banana smoothie is super filling and delicious! It’s also really easy to make, especially if you prep and freeze ahead of time. But, even if you don’t prep ahead of time, you don’t have to worry about any of the ingredients going bad; it surprisingly has no fresh fruit involved.

14. KIWI, MANGO AND PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE {VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE}

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from recipesfromapantry.com

This healthy smoothie is tropical, fruity, and delicious. It may not have any veggies in it, but with 5 different types of fruit; it’s still super healthy and a great way for kids to get more produce into their diets! Just be sure to give them the kids version.

15. healthy vegan frozen peach mango smoothie

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from myfoodstory.com

Nothing hits the spot like a rich and creamy peach smoothie. Add a mango to it, and it’s like a party in your mouth. Go check out this healthy vegan frozen peach mango smoothie; you’ll even get a few extra tips on how to make smoothies taste so good it’s like eating dessert!

16. strawberry banana coconut smoothie

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from myfoodstory.com

If you’re looking for a super simple smoothie that is relatively thin and only has 3 ingredients; go ahead and check out this smoothie that’s quick to make! It’s also vegan, whole30, and paleo friendly. So, unless you can’t stand bananas, are allergic to strawberries, or don’t like coconut water; this smoothie is for you.

17. Strawberry Mango Smoothie

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from mamalovesfood.com

This super simple healthy smoothie recipe is a little bit less classic and more tropical than the prior recipe. It, too, only has 3 ingredients, but these ingredients are frozen, not fresh, to make for a thicker, creamier smoothie. You can find the recipe at mamalovesfood.com.

18. WHOLESOME BANANA ALMOND MILK SMOOTHIE

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from nourish-and-fete.com

This healthy smoothie recipe seriously tastes like dessert; so it shouldn’t take much effort to get your kids to drink. It was also inspired by a smoothie from a beach vacation. Go ahead and check out this recipe (and the story behind it) at nourish-and-fete.com

19. RASPBERRY AVOCADO SMOOTHIE – DAIRY FREE

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from lowcarbyum.com

Does your child not like avocado, but you want them to get the health benefits from them? Check out this avocado smoothie that cleverly hides the avocado taste from picky eaters! Although, I don’t have an issue getting my two little girls to eat avocado plain by the spoonful; I know some other’s may not have such an easy time get this super healthy food into their kids.

Related Post: 6 Healthy Eating Rules to Live By

20. HEALTHY PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE WITH BANANA

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from savorytooth.com

This fruity smoothie is simple, can be prepped ahead of time, and has a hidden veggie in it. Can you guess what it is? Click over to this healthy pineapple smoothie to find out, and to learn the other ingredients!

21. EASY 4 INGREDIENT VEGAN CREAMSICLE SMOOTHIE

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from fearlessdining.com

Do your kids love creamsicles as much as mine do? I’m going to guess they do! Go check out this creamsicle smoothie, just be sure to leave out the honey if you’re looking for a truly vegan dessert smoothie.

 

22. Paleo Blueberry Smoothie

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from texanerin.com

This recipe is perfect if you’re looking for a blueberry smoothie with a lemony twist to it, or bright blueberry flavor! You can even customize it with suggested options for your dietary needs or preference! Check it out at texanerin.com.

 

23. EASY BREEZY CHERRY PINEAPPLE GINGER SMOOTHIE

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from dashofjazz.com

Want a quick and easy smoothie that’s healthy and only takes 2 minutes to make after your meal prepping session? Yes please! This smoothie is great for all of your busy weekday mornings that you barely have time to get yourself ready before you have to take your child to school. Go check it out at dashofjazz.com.

 

24. Unicorn Frappuccino Smoothie – A Crazy Healthy Version

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from pinkfortitude.com

Want a unicorn smoothie that isn’t full of sugar? Kid friendly? AND full of amazingly good for you real food? My 5 year old sure does, and she’s been all about the unicorn everything craze that’s been going on. Check out the full unicorn frappuccino smoothie at pinkfortitude.com!

 

25. TRIPLE BERRY CHIA SMOOTHIES WITH BLUE SPIRULINA (DAIRY-FREE, VEGAN, PALEO, WHOLE30)

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from urbanblisslife.com

Ever have a blue smoothie before? Yeah….me either. This super healthy smoothie is one your kids will be asking you for simply because of the color, and you’ll want to make it for them with the many health benefits they’ll get from it. Find out how to make this beautiful blue smoothie at urbanblisslife.com.

 

26. DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from joyfoodsunshine.com

So, I wasn’t sure if this should go with the chocolate or green smoothies at the top of this post, because it’s both! And, the fact that it has peanut butter and chocolate in it reminds me of reese’s, and who doesn’t like those? (Or, their vegan home made version.) Check it out at joyfoodsunshine.com!

 

27. PINEAPPLE STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

healthy smoothie recipes
Photo from organizedisland.com

Looking for a super simple refreshing smoothie? Check out this smoothie recipe; with only three ingredients, you can have this made in no time!

Go on a Healthy Smoothie Challenge with your Kids!

There are soo many healthy smoothies to choose from, go ahead and try them all.

If you don’t have anything to blend smoothies in, head over to amazon and check out the nutribullet and nutri ninja. I’ve used and loved both. My nutribullet lasted me about 4 and a half years (of using it every single day, sometimes even more than once a day). My husband bought me the nutri ninja for mothers day this past year, and I’m loving it!

See if you and your children can make a different smoothie a day everyday for a month! Pin this post on pinterest to come back to everyday during the challenge. Don’t forget to share with others and see if they can drink a different smoothie everyday for a month.

Good Luck!!

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Links for Healthy Smoothie Recipes

  1. https://sugarspiceandglitter.com/pear-kale-smoothie/
  2. https://stresslessbehealthy.com/green-smoothie-recipe/
  3. https://dancingthroughtherain.com/easy-berry-green-smoothie/
  4. https://veggiesociety.com/best-green-smoothie-recipe-simple/
  5. https://www.hotpankitchen.com/kid-friendly-blueberry-kale-smoothie/
  6. https://avirtualvegan.com/healthy-chocolate-smoothie/
  7. https://www.rhiansrecipes.com/vegan-chocolate-sweet-potato-milkshake/
  8. https://www.texanerin.com/chocolate-avocado-smoothie/
  9. https://stresslessbehealthy.com/green-smoothie-bowl-recipe/
  10. https://recipesfromapantry.com/strawberry-blueberry-smoothie-bowl/
  11. https://www.thebakingfairy.net/2016/06/avocado-berry-smoothie-bowl/
  12. https://www.smartfundiy.com/kids-smoothie-bowl-recipe/
  13. https://avirtualvegan.com/creamy-banana-smoothie/
  14. https://recipesfromapantry.com/kiwi-mango-pineapple-smoothie/
  15. https://myfoodstory.com/healthy-vegan-frozen-peach-mango-smoothie-recipe/
  16. https://myfoodstory.com/whole30-strawberry-banana-coconut-smoothie-recipe/
  17. https://www.mamalovesfood.com/strawberry-mango-smoothie/
  18. https://www.nourish-and-fete.com/wholesome-banana-almond-milk-smoothie/
  19. https://lowcarbyum.com/raspberry-avocado-smoothie-low-carb/
  20. https://www.savorytooth.com/healthy-pineapple-smoothie/
  21. https://www.fearlessdining.com/easy-4-ingredient-paleo-creamsicle-smoothie/
  22. https://www.texanerin.com/paleo-blueberry-smoothie/
  23. https://www.dashofjazz.com/cherry-pineapple-ginger-smoothie/
  24. https://pinkfortitude.com/unicorn-smoothie/
  25. http://www.urbanblisslife.com/triple-berry-chia-smoothies-with-blue-spirulina/
  26. https://joyfoodsunshine.com/peanut-butter-chocolate-green-smoothie/
  27. https://www.organizedisland.com/strawberry-pineapple-smoothie/

 

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12 Deliciously Healthy Kid Friendly Breakfast Recipes for Easy School Mornings

The school year is coming, and that means rushed mornings with cranky kids who don’t want to eat breakfast first thing in the morning.

Or, at least that’s how my oldest daughter was when she went to preschool; this year she starts kindergarten, and I hope to not have that same issue.

Have you had this issue with your kids?

Ever get up early to make a healthy breakfast for your kids and then they tell you they’re not hungry?

It’s not a good feeling; like ‘I just spent all this time making all this food, and no one wants it?’

It’s almost enough to make you want to stop making breakfast in the morning…..don’t stop, though. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; your children need nutrients to get their brains to turn on before school.

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So, check out these awesome breakfast recipes that your kids will love, and hopefully make it so they won’t think of skipping breakfast again!

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1. MINI CHIA PUDDING + BLUEBERRY NICE CREAM PARFAITS

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Photo from healthylittlevittles.com

Do you see that picture? You can find this beautiful and delicious breakfast recipe at healthylittlevittles.com. And, it’s not just a pretty picture; this desert-like breakfast is my 5 year olds new favorite breakfast! She said the nice cream in the picture reminds her of a unicorn; the one I make her isn’t quite as pretty, but it’s still colorful and nutritious. So, it’s still a win-win!

 

2. Light and Fluffy Vegan Waffles with Blueberry Sauce.

kid friendly breakfast recipes
Photo from theprettybee.com

This waffle recipe is the one I personally use as a go-to breakfast! It’s quick and easy to make, delicious, and my two little girls love it. Though, the ones I make out turn out a bit differently; we have a spider man waffle iron. And, I can say that these waffles freeze very well for an even quicker breakfast. So, go ahead, double the ingredients for these healthy waffles and freeze any leftovers. Then, all you’ll have to do in the morning is pop them in the toaster and add the sauce!

 

3. No-Bake Fruit “Pizzas”

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Photo from twohealthykitchens.com

These adorable little ‘pizzas’ are perfect for breakfasts, especially if you’re lucky enough to have energetic little ones in the morning before school who need something to do. Simply set out the ingredients and let your school age kids make these themselves!

 

4. BLACKBERRY COBBLER BAKED OATMEAL CUPS

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Photo from savorynothings.com

If your mornings are too busy to make anything, but you still want your kids to have a healthy nutritious breakfast; these oatmeal cups are a must! They’re vegan, which makes it a bonus in my books. Simply add these to your weekly meal prep (or anytime during the weekend), freeze them, and you won’t have to worry about breakfast all week! (To make freezing these easier, make sure you make them in silicone baking cups; I don’t know what I’d do without mine.)

 

5. RASPBERRY BLACKBERRY COCONUT PARFAIT

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Photo from cookeatpaleo.com
This healthy parfait is super simple to make and can be whipped up in about ten minutes! Help your children feel like they’re eating a dessert for breakfast with this parfait; you won’t have to convince them to wake up to eat breakfast anymore. From personal experience, experiment with making whipped coconut cream prior to the morning of making this; my first try was a disaster, the second time was the charm. (Along with every try after.)

6. Low-Carb Cauliflower Oatmeal

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Photo from diabetesstrong.com

Don’t skip over this one because of its name; cauliflower tends to take the flavors around it. So, go ahead and give this one a try….and get a veggie in your child before they even leave for school! Find the recipe at diabetesstrong.com.

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7. CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CHIA PUDDING

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Photo from thebakingfairy.net

Want your kids thinking they’re getting away with eating pudding for breakfast? Well, you can, and have it be a nutritious breakfast, as well! Try out this simple chia pudding recipe from thebakingfairy.net. It pairs very well with bananas, too!

8. 3 Delicious, Kid-Friendly Avocado Toast Recipes

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Photo from theresasreviews.com

9. VERY BERRY QUINOA BREAKFAST BOWL

kid friendly breakfast recipes
Photo from savorynothings.com

Looking for a healthy breakfast to nourish yours and your childrens body before they head off to school? Something that’s not oatmeal? Go check out this quinoa breakfast bowl created by a mom, like you and me, who wants to nourish her own body, and nourishes her children’s, as well. Why do our kids always think they can eat out of our bowls?! At least we know they’ll eat well if we do…

10. Healthy Coconut Chia Pudding

kid friendly breakfast recipes
Photo from diabetesstrong.com

I know there’s a chia pudding recipe above, but this one is completely different, with a citrus and coconut flavor. It’s super quick to make, too. Make it right when you wake up and let sit in the fridge til your kids get up and they’ll be pleasantly surprised to eat ‘dessert’ for breakfast!

 

11.  Plant Based Breakfast {Berry Quinoa Parfait}

kid friendly breakfast recipes
Photo from mommafitlundsey.com

This berry quinoa parfait is perfect for your kids if you want them eating better, or more plant based. (Or, if you’re trying to raise them vegan.)The quinoa in this adds plenty of nutrients to help your children stay full til lunch time, and the berries (natures candy) helps make this a sweet and delicious breakfast that your kids will love!

12. 4 INGREDIENT VEGAN BANANA OATMEAL PANCAKES

Photo from savorynothings.com

You know, I generally avoid making pancakes for breakfast; they always seem to take me an hour to make. Luckily, this pancake recipe does not! It only takes about 15 minutes and is suitable for little ones starting to eat solid foods. Add a little cinnamon or apple chunks in for older children, and you’ll feel like a supermom for making pancakes on a busy school morning!

Breakfast doesn’t have to difficult, or full of sugar. Take a few of these healthy recipes and let your children enjoy the nutritious flavors of whole, real, foods. Stop stressing out because you don’t know what to feed your kids for breakfast.Don’t forget to enjoy these breakfasts yourself, if your kids will let you, and let the recipe creator know how much your kids enjoy them!

Oh, and if you want an awesome spider man waffle maker, like I have, to make breakfast even more special for your little super heroes; get it on Amazon now, while it’s less than $15!!

kid friendly breakfast recipes

Links for Easy Vegan Dinner Recipes

  1. http://www.healthylittlevittles.com/mini-chia-blueberry-nice-cream-parfaits/
  2. https://theprettybee.com/light-and-fluffy-vegan-waffles-with-blueberry-sauce/
  3. https://twohealthykitchens.com/no-bake-fruit-pizzas/
  4. https://www.savorynothings.com/blackberry-cobbler-baked-oatmeal-cups/
  5. https://cookeatpaleo.com/raspberry-blackberry-coconut-parfait/
  6. https://diabetesstrong.com/low-carb-cauliflower-oatmeal/
  7. https://www.thebakingfairy.net/2018/01/chocolate-peanut-butter-chia-pudding/
  8. http://theresasreviews.com/kid-friendly-avocado-toast-recipes/
  9. https://www.savorynothings.com/very-berry-quinoa-breakfast-bowl/
  10. https://diabetesstrong.com/coconut-chia-pudding/
  11. https://www.mommafitlyndsey.com/2018/02/06/plant-based-breakfast/
  12. https://www.savorynothings.com/vegan-banana-oatmeal-pancakes/

 

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