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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!

If you found How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables: 12 Different Ways! useful, please share Facebook and save on Pinterest; or comment below with more suggestions or your thoughts on sneaking veggies into food for kids!

 

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

Need an easy homemade applesauce recipe to impress your relatives this year at Thanksgiving?

Or, just craving the nurturing flavor of right off the stove apple sauce?

I don’t want to brag or anything, but my apple sauce is pretty good, and really simple. It calls for only 3 ingredients plus water. If you’re ready to learn my secrets then go ahead and continue reading!

I started making my own apple sauce after my first daughter was born, or maybe a year or so after. So, I’ve been using this recipe for about 4 or 5 years. Sure, it may not be as good as my aunts recipe (who has been making home made applesauce for every Thanksgiving since I can remember). But, it’s still pretty good!!

I honestly have to limit how much of this apple sauce my girls, and myself, have at one time to make it last past the day I make it.

It’s that good!!

 

 


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IT ALL STARTS WITH Simple INGREDIENTS and EQUIPMENT

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4 Simple Ingredients

  • Apples
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Water

6 VERY Low Tech Pieces of ‘Equipment’

  • a teaspoon
  • a measuring cup
  • a pot with a lid to cook in
  • a peeler (optional)
  • a knife
  • a whisk

Yep, that’s all you need to make your future favorite recipe!

Once you have your ingredients, go ahead and peel and chop the apples. If you don’t want to peel the apples; you don’t have to, but it may not be as smooth and delicious!

And, as you can see with the picture below, I simply break off small chunks of apples with a knife rather than truly chop it up evenly. It makes cleaning up easier; no cutting board to wash.

Once you have the apples in the pot, add just enough water to be able to see it through the apples; see the picture below.

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Then, cover the pot of apples with a lid and let boil until the apples are soft.

This can take up to an hour or more if you have it set to medium heat, which is what I do.

You could also add in the cinnamon at this time, or wait til the end. I usually add half in when the apples are boiling and the other half right before I add the brown sugar.

Remove any excess water when needed.

By this I mean that once in awhile, maybe every 10 to 15 minutes, check the water to see if there’s too much. If you’re able to press your measuring cup into the apples and water fills the cup at all; remove the water from the pot. This will prevent runny applesauce. We want this to be nice and chunky.

This is one of the secrets I have for making delicious applesauce.

The other secret I have is to whisk the apples into applesauce with a whisk.

When the apples are soft, whisk them to see if it’ll turn into applesauce. If the apple pieces don’t separate well enough yet, keep boiling and try whisking every 5 to 10 minutes til you can get a get consistency.

It is not going to be completely smooth and that’s alright!

If you want your applesauce to be completely smooth, wait til all of the ingredients are added and the sauce is cool, then blend in a blender or food processor. I don’t personally do this, though.

Once the consistency is good; stir in the brown sugar, and the rest of the cinnamon. Let cool, and Enjoy!!

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This is the perfect warming healthy snack recipe for the winter ahead of us. Or, anytime of the year!

When you have it once, and have it with kids, they’ll start asking it for you all through out the year; yes, even summer!

It’s also the perfect side dish to bring to a family gathering. You may need to double or triple the recipe, though!!

 

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My Simple Homemade Applesauce

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My Easy Homemade Applesauce (that you'll regret not making)!!

Delicious and Easy Homemade Applesauce that's chunky and that you and your kids will love! It will become a fall (or anytime) favorite!

Keyword easy homemade applesauce, homemade chunky applesauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4 cups
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 10 Apples  
  • ½  tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • water enough to peek through the apples in the pot

Instructions

  1. Start by peeling and chopping apples into cooking pot. 

  2. Then add enough water so that you can see it through the apples. 

  3. Boil the apples until they start to get soft (on medium heat; this can take up to an hour or longer). 

  4. Add in cinnamon and whisk. If apples aren't soft enough to break apart yet with the whisk, keep boiling. 

  5. Remove excess water as necessary to keep the applesauce from being too runny. 

  6. Once you can get the apples at a good consistency with whisking it, add in the brown sugar and stir(or whisk) it in. 

  7. Let cook and enjoy!!

See, wasn’t that simple! Make a double or triple batch to bring to a large family event; you’ll need at least that much or they’ll be begging you to make more!

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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)


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

Please share in the comments which of these easy vegan simple recipes for healthy eating is for your favorite!

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130+ Healthy Snacks from A to Z | Alphabet Snacks for Kids

Do you need to find an alphabet snack for your child’s preschool or kindergarten class?

Or just want to teach your child about nutrition and the alphabet at the same time!?

Well, if you do, and you haven’t been on my site before; my girls and I went through an A to Z healthy snack challenge this past year!!

A 26 week challenge in which we on focused snacks starting with a different letter of the alphabet each week. (This was when my girls were 1 and 4 years old.) We came up with over 130 different snacks!!!

They absolutely loved it!

And, you and your kids can do the same. Maybe with not so many snacks, it as quite a challenge some weeks to come up with healthy snacks for some of the letters of the alphabet!

Just remember to make it fun; find out what part of the snack makes it healthy and tell your kids about it. Or, let them know the vitamins and minerals in a specific fruit or veggie they’re eating, and what it helps with in their body. (Example: Oranges and strawberries have vitamin C which will help them not get sick! Or, bananas have potassium which helps with electrolyte balance and will give them energy!)

I’m honestly amazed at how much my oldest has picked up about nutrition from me simply telling her an interesting fact everyday of this challenge, and in everyday life! She even helped me come up with some of the snacks below.

You can download a printable list of them all here!

If you’re interested in teaching your little ones the alphabet, with more than the use of snacks, you NEED to check out Prep Through Play: Letters!! Your little one will have tons of fun and conquer learning the entire alphabet in 5 weeks through playing games!

Check it out here!


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The Snacks

If you don’t want to print out the snack list yet, and to help you save some time from having to go into each post to find out which snacks we had each week; I decided to put together a master list of all the snacks.

If you want to know more about a snack we had for a specific week (for example, if we liked it or not); then you will have to go into that weeks post to find out (just click on the letter to get there). Or, you could always contact me if you have any questions about them.

Before you start reading off all of these snacks, I do want to let you know that even though we enjoyed, and even found some new favorite foods; some of the snacks we tried were not all that great. If you want to know which snacks we enjoyed and which ones we did not, simply click on the letter to go to that weeks post to find out.

(And, as I add my own recipes to this site, I’ll update the posts as needed and add links to the recipes here!)

A

  1. Apples with cinnamon
  2. Surprisingly Delicious Apple Muffins
  3. Apples with peanut butter
  4. Avocado and tomato sandwich
  5. Homemade applesauce

B

  1. Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
  2. Banana Bread or Banana, Berries, and Peanut Butter
  3. Banana with Peanut Butter and Toppings, such as Raisins
  4. Berry Chia Smoothie
  5. Berry Popsicles
  6. Blue Berry Muffins

C

  1. Carrots and Celery with Peanut Butter
  2. Carrot Celery Nutri Blast
  3. Carrot Raisin Muffins
  4. Clementines
  5. Cucumber Sandwiches
  6. Cantaloupe
  7. Chickpea Cookies

D

  1. Diced Veggie Vegan Burritos
  2. Delicious Fresh Juice
  3. Dried Cranberry Muffins
  4. Date Shake
  5. Date and Cashew Bars

E

  1. Eggplant Chips
  2. Ears of Corn
  3. Eggplant Pizza
  4. Edamame
  5. Eggplant Fries

F

  1. Fruit Salad
  2. Avocado Dark Chocolate Fudge
  3. Fugi Apple Dessert in a Mug
  4. Fig Newtons
  5. Frozen Banana Mini Sandwiches

G

  1. Green Grapes
  2. Grapefruit
  3. Grape Juice
  4. Golden Raisin Cookies
  5. Green Pepper with Hummus

H

  1. Hummus with Veggies
  2. Honeydew
  3. Honeycrisp Apple
  4. Honeydew Mango Smoothie
  5. Honeycrisp Apple Cookies

I

  1. Italian Bread
  2. Ice Cream (vegan)
  3. Insect snack
  4. Ice pops
  5. Ice cube (flavored)

J

  1. Juice
  2. Juice Pops
  3. Jam
  4. Jam Muffins
  5. Jalapeno Muffins

K

  1. Kale Smoothie
  2. Kiwi
  3. Kale and Veggie Pizza
  4. Kale Chips
  5. Kiwi Smoothie

L

  1. Lemon Cookies
  2. Little Candy Apples
  3. Lime Nice Cream
  4. Lemonade
  5. Lime-Strawberry Drink

M

  1. Mango
  2. Mango Jam
  3. Muffins
  4. Mango Coconut Ice Cream
  5. Melon

 

 

N

  1. Nectarines
  2. Nuts (mixed)
  3. No Bake Apple Bites
  4. Nuggets (home made chickpea)
  5. Nachos (apple)

O

  1. Oranges
  2. Oatmeal with Apple
  3. Owl snack
  4. Orange Creamsicle
  5. Octopus snack

P

  1. Papaya
  2. Plums
  3. Peaches
  4. Pears
  5. Pineapple

Q

  1. Quinoa Mini Blondies
  2. Quick Mini Pizzas
  3. Quick Blueberry Muffins
  4. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
  5. Quesadillas (Vegan)

R

  1. Red Peppers
  2. Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad
  3. Rainbow
  4. Red Grapes
  5. Raspberries

S

  1. Strawberries
  2. Sweet Potato
  3. Smoothie
  4. Salad
  5. Strawberry Milkshake

T

  1. Tangerines
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Toast with Avocado
  4. Tiny Pancakes
  5. Tortilla Chips with Fruit Dip

U

  1. Unbelievably Delicious Muffins
  2. Unicorn Snack
  3. Under the Sea
  4. Umbrella Snack
  5. Unicycle Snack

V

  1. Vegan Pancakes
  2. Vegan French Toast
  3. Very Vanilla Nice Cream
  4. Veggie Fries
  5. Vegetables

W

  1. Watermelon
  2. Wedges (potato wedges)
  3. Watermelon Strawberry Drink
  4. Whipped Coconut Cream
  5. Waffles

X

  1. Xigua Popsicles
  2. The Letter X
  3. Xylocarp Cupcakes
  4. Xylophone Snack
  5. X-ray Snack

Y

  1. Yogurt
  2. Yellow Pepper
  3. Yellow Squash Muffins
  4. Yellow Fruit
  5. Yellow Squash

Z

  1. Zucchini Muffins
  2. Zucchini Bread
  3. Zucchini Cake
  4. Ziti in a Cup
  5. Zucchini in Sauce

I hope you enjoyed the convenience of my master list of healthy snacks from A to Z. It was an adventure of a challenge, with a lot of new foods and new recipes tried!

Between this challenge and all the documentaries I watch about eating well; I hope my daughters will grow up eating well without even realizing it!

So many people go through life simply eating whatever snacks they want without realizing most pre packaged foods don’t have any nutritional value to them!

My girls are growing up with snacks that have plenty of nutritional value and snacks that are fun!

Comment below if you have any other snack ideas for any letter of the alphabet. I’ll update my list with your suggestion(as long as it’s healthy and mostly plant based!). And, don’t forget to share this with friends and family!

Or, if you want an amazing bundle to help yourself and children be healthy, check out this bundle I created specifically for busy moms who want their children to eat better!

 

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Don’t forget to check out Prep Through Play: Letters to teach your little ones the entire alphabet through fun games you can play with them. It’s like a mini curriculum to help get them ready for school!!

And, don’t forget to check out the individual alphabet snacks posts above!

 

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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
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

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)

Photo from flavourstreat.com
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

Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

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

Photo from thesoccermomblog.com

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

Photo from mypureplants.com

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

Photo from mypureplants.com

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
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

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}

Photo from recipesfromapantry.com

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)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

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

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

 

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

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

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
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

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

Photo from frieddandelions.com

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

Photo from frieddandelions.com

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

Photo from thishealthykitchen.com

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)

Photo from superkideats.com

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

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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!

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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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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

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Excellent Eggplant Fries Recipe

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

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


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Chocolate Banana Coconut Chia Pudding

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

 

Surprisingly Delicious Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe!!!

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

 

HEALTHY OVEN BAKED ZUCCHINI CHIPS RECIPE – NO BREADING

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Baked Zucchini Tater Tots

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My Go to Green Smoothie Recipe

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


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

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

NO BAKE HEALTHY VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE RICE CRISPY CAKES

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

 

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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)!

How to Keep a Clutter Free Home!!

 Are you sick of your home being cluttered? Do you wish to simplify your life, but not want to declutter your home every few months? Find out how to keep a clutter free home that even a minimalist would be proud of! #declutter #declutteryourhome #clutterfree #cluttertips #stresslessbehealthy

So, you finally got fed up and decluttered your home?

It was spotless!

Perfect even!

The headache you used to get everyday from looking at all the clutter all around you everyday, finally went away. You could barely even believe the mountain of stuff you got rid of!

You’re not even sure how you accumulated that much stuff in the first place.

But, some time has passed and you’re getting those headaches again. You’re in the same spot you were in before you decluttered.

What gives?

What gives is that you were in the mind set where once you declutter, that it would stay that way. Unfortunately, decluttering is not a ‘set it and forget it’ type of ordeal.


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I know, that sucks! But that’s how it is.

Now, I’m not saying that you have to do a huge declutter session every single day, or even every month to keep your house looking nice and avoiding those clutter-induced headaches (which suck by the way, making you feel super unproductive and possibly even mentally stuck).

There are a few things that you can do, however, to make sure the clutter doesn’t creep it’s way back into your home!


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The One in, One out Rule

I know you’ve probably heard of this rule before, but maybe you didn’t think it applied to you. Or, maybe you thought that it defeated the purpose of buying new things. But, forgetting this rule is the reason most people have to spend hours decluttering in the first place.

Logically, it’s not even that difficult; before you buy something new, choose something old to get rid of. Simple, right?

But in reality, logic doesn’t always beat out sentiment like that.

Sure, older items might lose monetary value if you ever try to sell it (until it becomes an antique), but the sentimental value you place on it increases with time and with every touch.

So, I get it. It’s hard to get rid of one thing to bring in a new thing. If this happens, which it will, think about how useful the older item is, or whether or not the new item is absolutely necessary. And, be picky with everything you bring into your home!

Can you find a home for the new item without making your home look cluttered?

What will you use it for?

Is it replacing an old item that broke? (Get rid of that broken belonging- it does not belong in your home anymore!)

And speaking of having a home for every item….

Be Organized!

Each item in your home should have it’s own little place where it belongs!

If you can’t find a place for it to go that feels and looks right; determine whether or not it’s worth keeping. This is something that should be done during the decluttering phase, but it needs to be kept up!

You can’t organize your home once and expect it to stay that way forever!

Many items you keep should be useful, and with being useful, those things get used. Meaning you need to put them back in their little home after each use.

Or, for new things coming into your home, like mail/paperwork, groceries, etc. have a system in place to get them put away in their new home right away. And, have a dedicated place where they should go if you can’t get to filing the paperwork, or going through the mail as soon as it’s brought in. Maybe a folder or wall file. Just make sure to actually go through the the paperwork; the folder or wall file is not their new home!


 

Take Care of Your Stuff ASAP

Better yet, instead of finding places for things to go before you can get to them; simply schedule in some time for you to take care of them right away!

Do you always get the mail after work, or picking up the kids from school?

Tell your family to give you 10 minutes to go through the mail when you get home before they can bug you for anything else. Set a timer if need be!

Put away coats and shoes as soon as you get home. Don’t wait!

Do the dishes, or put them in the dishwasher, as soon as the meal or snack is over! Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink or on the counter. That may just be a pet peeve of mine, though!

An exception to this rule; your kid brings you a broken toy.

Either fix it, throw it out, or dedicate a place for broken toys to go while waiting to be fixed!

If your kids are little, tell them they’re going in the ‘waiting room’. Don’t forget to give them an appointment for their ‘surgery’, so it actually gets fixed. I do this for all the stuffed animals that need to be sewn.

I actually just finished up 4 ‘appointments’ one day this past week! Fixing one toy every other day is not as productive as fixing 4 or 5 toys all at the same time. And, I hate using time unwisely, it’s hard enough for us to find the time do what needs to get done, as it is!

 

Have an OUT Basket To Get the Clutter Out

On the same grounds as having a ‘waiting room’ for broken toys, have a basket or a bin for items to be, while waiting to be taken out of your home.

You know, for those things that are in good condition that shouldn’t be thrown out, but you know they need to leave your home. You don’t love it, or don’t have a use for it anymore.

This could be for things like gently used clothes that you don’t like anymore, clothes/toys your kids outgrew, a decorative piece that you don’t love anymore that’s just taking up space.

Use it for pretty much anything that someone else might find a use for, so you can get it out of your home.

You may even want to keep this in the coat closet so you see it before you leave the house each day, to remind you to get the items out of your home. This step in keeping your home decluttered is a pretty important one, but it only works if everyone in the home is on the same page.

 

Get Your Family On Board to Be Clutter Free

There is nothing harder than trying to keep a clean and decluttered home when everyone in the home is not on the same page!

Seriously, it’s almost impossible.

Unless you live alone, you can’t be the only one trying to keep your home organized, clutter free, and a peaceful place to live. It takes everyone living there being on the same page.

Set rules in place that everyone can agree on and follow. Maybe even hang a sign with the rules in the rooms that seem to acquire clutter the fastest (like the kitchen or your childrens play room).


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Explain the expectations that are set to your children in a way they can understand. If necessary, have consequences in place for breaking the rules (be lenient in the beginning, this could be a difficult change of pace for some people).

Grab a list of rules to help keep your home clutter free here!

 

Have a mini declutter session once a month

One of the final steps in keeping a home clutter free is by checking in every once in awhile.

Once a month should be sufficient.

If you live a lone you may be able to get away with doing this less often. Whereas if you have a larger family, you may have to do this more often.

Just make sure you schedule in some time every once in awhile to go through your home and make sure everything you own is worth keeping; get rid of any clutter piles, and take things out of your home that you don’t need anymore.

If necessary, take some time to fix broken items, as well. You don’t want to be keeping broken items that you’ll ‘some day’ fix, and never actually end up fixing them!

This mini declutter session will help you so you won’t have to spend hours upon hours again; trying to declutter your home only when it’s so overwhelming that you just can’t put up with the clutter anymore. Be proactive about keeping clutter out, so it won’t feel invited in anymore!

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It’ll get Easier with Time To Keep A Clutter Free Home

It may take a little work at first, but what doesn’t?

Keeping the same number of items in your home, and giving them all places to live, will certainly help keep the overwhelm of clutter away. As will having a dedicated space for things that need to leave your home, and making sure your family understands the rules about clutter and bringing new stuff into the home.

Keeping a home decluttered is not a one person job, unless you live alone.

Everyone needs to help with this.

If they have stuff then they need to be responsible for their stuff, be respectful, and not let it cause stress for other people in the home.

I know how frustrating it can be when you’re the only one trying to keep up with the clutter (I’ve been there, its quite a challenge sometimes).

Little kids may be an exception, and will need lots of extra help.

But keeping your home clutter free, and checking in on your items once a month will be so much less stressful than having to fully declutter for hours on end every few months.

It takes time to declutter, and it’s worth it to do a few simple and small things everyday to keep it up, than to have to declutter all over again and feel like you just wasted your time the first time you decluttered your home.

If you have any other suggestions for keeping clutter free home, please share them in the comments!

 


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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

How to Stock Healthy Snacks at Home for Kids

How to Stock Healthy Snacks at Home for Kids

How to Stock Healthy Snacks at Home for Kids

Has your child ever said ‘mom, I’m hungry’ ?

If your child(ren) can talk, I’m going to assume they have; and probably at the oddest times of the day, too.

My girls have even been signing the word ‘eat’ since before they could talk. It’s one of their first needs after they’re born.

Sometimes it’ll seem like we can never fill them up! They’ll eat, and eat, and eat some more.

As moms, we want to make sure they are eating food that is good for them. Food with nutrients. Whole foods that will help them grow and be healthy!

How do we this, though, if they won’t stop eating?

Some people may just tell you to buy snack foods for them at the store and call it a day. That’s the easy way to do it.

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But, there’s a few downsides to just buying pre-made snacks for our kids, even the healthy pre-made snacks.

For one, it can get expensive with our kids eating as much as they do; even for the junky, void of all nutrients types of snacks, it can be pricey. Plus, those are the snacks that our kids literally get addicted to, from certain ingredients they contain, along with the high fat and high sugar contents. These junk food snacks are also the ones the promote (as in contribute to) obesity or other health issues. And, I’m pretty sure no parent wants that for their kids.

As for the healthier versions of premade snacks for kids, they still tend to have quite a bit of sugar in them. And, they’re even more expensive, especially when labeled non-gmo or organic. (It actually costs them money to have those labels placed on their products; they have to make up that cost somewhere.)

So, let’s get into how we can stock healthy snacks at home for our kids.

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Simple Tips to Start

It can be hard to get started with stocking your kitchen with healthy snacks that your kids will actually eat. I get that. My oldest daughter is a very picky eater. There’ll be times where she will refuse to eat what I make, and instead goes out to the kitchen and makes herself a sandwich. (She’s 5…)

You may also have trouble with not even knowing where to start with keeping healthy snacks at home for your; that’s where I come in!

I want to let know a few things first, to help keep you motivated and provide you with a few simple tips.

First, it may take some time to catch on. As in, you may have to experiment with different snacks, recipes, and ingredients to find what works best in your home and for your kids.

Second, don’t get discouraged when your hungry kids won’t eat some of the healthy snacks you try to give them. It’s best to start kids out young with giving them all healthy food and avoiding junk food. If you’re starting with older kids, or simply picky eaters, it may take a few different tries to get them to actually want to eat what you’re giving them; instead of unhealthy alternatives. They’ll eventually realize that they don’t feel as good after eating junk, as they do after eating food that is good for them!

A few more things to keep in mind:

  • some food have an acquired taste; just keep having them try it
  • try to pair a fruit or veggie with a protein or carb, to help keep them full longer
  • you shouldn’t have to spend a ton of money
  • keep track of the food, or snacks, your kids tell you they like
  • get your kids involved

Check out this (free) bundle of printables to help get your child eating healthier!

Get Your Kids Involved

One of the easiest ways to get started with keeping healthy snacks at home for kids is by letting them help!

Depending on your childrens’ age, there are many things that they can do to help you make sure there are plenty of healthy snacks at home for them. Such as:

  • planning out what snacks they want for the week
  • help put healthy food in the carts at the store
  • choose which fruits or veggies they want in their smoothies for the week
  • check to see what ingredients you have, and which ones you’ll need to get
  • help make the snacks

Allowing your child to help with some of these tasks will make them more eager to eat the healthy snacks, rather than the processed store bought snacks. This is especially true if they help make the snacks!

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Plus, letting your child help you will also help them learn healthy eating habits that they will develop and keep their entire lives. So, take advantage of the time you spend with your child in the kitchen, or at the store, working on stocking healthy snacks at home.

A few things you can do to encourage healthy snacking (even with picky eaters):

  • teach them what food is healthy for them and which are not, and why
  • teach them what well known nutrient a certain food has (example: protein in peanut butter, or potassium in bananas)
  • explain to them why we need certain nutrients (example: protein for muscle)
  • watch health documentaries together (just make sure you watch them first, they may not want to see how some animals are treated)

Just make sure you include them in this process; they will feel like they are more in control of what they eat, and therefore more likely to actually eat it. It’s also never too early to start having them develop healthy habits for life!

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How to Stock Healthy Snacks at Home for Kids

What to look for

Alright, so you know a little more about why you should keep healthy snacks at home for kids, and why or how they can help you; but, what in the world do you stock your kitchen with?

Think simple.

The best thing keep in your home will be unprocessed, whole foods.

These can be fruits, veggies, baking ingredients, non-dairy milks, nuts & seeds, and more.

Basically, anything that doesn’t have a nutrition label or ingredient list, or has a very small ingredient list. *Hint- you should know what everything on the ingredient list is, and how to pronounce it.

To make this easier on you, I’ll let you know exactly what to stock in your kitchen.

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Pantry Staples to stock for healthy snacks at home

This may differ depending on allergies, food intolerance’s, and other circumstances. But, the basics you should try to have on hand are:

  • flour (preferably not all purpose or white, find another type that works for you- I like making my own oat flour, other people like coconut flour)
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • some type of sweetener (such as agave, coconut sugar, dates, or maple syrup)
  • cocoa (or cacao, chocolate chips, cocoa nibs)
  • spices (like cinnamon and nutmeg for sweet snacks, garlic and cumin for savory snacks)
  • salt
  • vanilla or other extracts
  • nuts and seeds (peanuts, cashews, sunflower kernels, etc.)
  • nut butters (peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter)
  • beans (to make hummus, and more: check out this chocolate chip cookie recipe with chickpeas!)
  • shelf stable milk (coconut milk, or other non-dairy milk)
  • tortillas
  • flaxseeds
  • chia seeds
  • old fashioned oats
  • coconut oil
  • dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc.)
  • rice
  • vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • quinoa

Fridge and Freezer Staples to stock for healthy snacks at home:

  • lemon juice
  • non-dairy milk
  • hummus
  • frozen fruit (big mixed bag)
  • tofu (silken, firm, or extra firm)
  • frozen berries
  • frozen veggies (any)

Fresh Produce to always have available:

  • bananas
  • apples
  • oranges
  • lemons
  • kiwi
  • spinach
  • kale
  • cucumbers
  • baby carrots
  • tomatoes
  • potatoes (including sweet potatoes)
  • onions
  • garlic

Other Produce to Consider, depending on the season:

  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • mangoes
  • pineapple
  • melons
  • raspberries/blackberries
  • cherries
  • eggplant
  • avocados
  • grapes
  • peaches
  • apricots
  • plums
  • basically any fruit or veggie you can think of!

Please don’t let these lists overwhelm you; it may take some time to start swapping out the unhealthy snack foods with the healthier plant-based ones. But, it will be in the best interest of yourself and your children.

Also, don’t think of these lists as exhaustive lists, or items that you absolutely need to have. These are mere suggestions to start feeding your children healthy snacks at home. What you keep in your kitchen will depend on quite a few variables. Such as allergies, food intolerance’s, the time you have to prepare food, whether or not you meal prep, and even how creative you are in the kitchen!

Don’t let these list be the be all and end all, simply use them as a guide for healthier ingredients and healthier snacking for your kids.

The Snacks We Provide Will Shape Their Habits

With the amount of food that our kids eat, it is super important to keep plenty of healthy snacks at home for kids.

The snacks they eat may end up being half of the food they eat in a day; don’t let that half of their daily food intake be addictive junk food, like cookies and chips.

Make sure to always have fresh produce and other healthy snacks and ingredients on hand for your kids to eat and get nourishment from.

It will be worth it. Plus, your kids will stop eating when they are full, unlike processed snack foods, which they will just keep eating til they’re gone.

So, will it take a little more time each week to keep healthier snacks available for your kids at all time?

Yes.

But, it will be worth it to know that the food they are eating will help them grow up healthy and prevent health issues in their future.

Follow the guide above to help encourage your kids to develop healthy eating habits for their lives! They deserve it.

How to Stock Healthy Snacks at Home for Kids

Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Healthy Vegan Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Have you ever seen on instagram or tumblr and wonder how someone was able to make something so beautiful and delicious looking?

Well, I have, so I tried it for myself, and 2 little girls, and it was quite a success!

This green smoothie bowl recipe will teach you exactly how to make a breakfast that is:

  • quick to make on hectic mornings
  • beautiful
  • delicious
  • fruity and flavorful
  • very healthy
  • high in potassium, vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, and more!

Once you make this once, you’re going to want it everyday! I’m not joking, my 5 year old begs me to make this for her EVERY SINGLE MORNING.

How good would it feel if your child did the same?

No more forcing your child to eat their veggies; now they’re begging you for them in this beautiful breakfast!

(Which, by the way, you’re probably going to want to take a picture before you eat it and post on instagram #slbhsmoothiebowl)

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Let’s Make this Healthy Vegan Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe!

First, you’re going to want to make sure you slice and freeze 1½ to 2 bananas the night before making this. (Or, be like me, and just keep a bag of sliced frozen bananas in the freezer at all times; it’s a great way to keep bananas from going bad.)

Once your bananas are frozen and you’re ready to make this…

Get out all of the ingredients for this green smoothie bowl recipe

This includes:

  • kale
  • frozen bananas
  • flaxmeal
  • chia seeds
  • mixed frozen fruit
  • soy milk (or another type of non-dairy milk)
  • sliced fresh banana
  • sliced fresh strawberries
  • fresh blueberries
  • sliced fresh kiwi

Make sure you do not use frozen ingredients for the topping and think it’ll be fine to simply thaw them out or heat them up; it will not look as pretty.

Make Your Smoothie

Next, you will make your green smoothie. Fill your appliance (whether it be a blender, nutri ninja, or nutribullet) with all the ingredients except the fresh fruit. Fill it according to the directions as to not damage your appliance, seeing as how we’re using frozen fruit in this recipe.

Pour the soy milk in last and start with a half cup. Start blending, add more milk as needed. We want this smoothie to be as thick as possible, but it also needs to be smooth and well blended. It’s alright if you use more than 1 cup soy milk, as long as everything is blended well and the smoothie is still thick enough for sliced fruit to float on.

Add the Toppings

Once the smoothie is done, pour it into 3 separate bowls.

Slice up all of the fresh fruit and add it on top of the smoothie however you would like. I prefer to arrange mine in lines and layer the slices; banana and kiwi slices on bottom, strawberry and blueberries (unsliced) on top in the middle. But, it should be beautiful however you do it. In the picture below, I let my 5 year old put the toppings on hers and her sisters.

Now, look at how beautiful your own green smoothie bowl is!

Take a picture of it (#slbhsmoothiebowl) share it with friends and family.

Then, go ahead, dive in and enjoy!

If you gave some to your kids, be ready for them to get the nutrients they need and have smiles on their faces!

Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Healthy Vegan Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

A beautiful smoothie bowl that you and your kids will go crazy for!! Perfect for a quick breakfast right before school.

Servings 3
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls Kale
  • 1 ½ Frozen Bananas sliced before freezing
  • 1 tsp flax meal
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 large handful of frozen mixed fruit strawberries, peaches, mango, and pineapple
  • ½ to 1 cup soy milk or just enough to get everything to blend well

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh banana thinly sliced
  • 2-3 kiwis
  • 5-6 strawberries
  • ¼– ½ cup blueberries

Instructions

  1. Fill blender, nutri ninja, or nutribullet with smoothie ingredients (fill according to directions on appliance).

  2.  Blend til smooth and pour into bowls. 

  3. Slice the toppings and place on top of the smoothies in the bowls. Be careful to not let them sink below the smoothie. Enjoy!!

Don’t forget to share this on Facebook to help your friends out on making this delicious smoothie bowl.

Share a picture of your smoothie bowl on instagram #slbhsmoothiebowl

And, make sure you pin it on Pinterest in case you need a refresher on how to make it!

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