Since then I have received a number of questions about my children’s diet. Most specifically questions regarding what they eat and if they eat a plant based diet like myself.
For the sake of authenticity, here’s the truth.
Unfortunately there will be people who will not be happy with what I am about to say next. To that I say, I’ve never been one to shy away from the truth based on the opinion of others.
Short answer? My kids eat a plant based diet . . . with me, when I am in control; in my home they are served plant based meals. At their grandparents’ home, they eat what they want. At school, they eat pizza on pizza Friday.
Do I hope my children grow up and want to eat an entirely plant based diet? Yes, absolutely. At 7 and 5 years old, both of my children are very aware of the way I eat and why I eat that way. I don’t sugar coat it.
Mommy, why don’t you drink milk?
Because I don’t like it and I don’t like the way they treat animals to get that milk.
My kids and I discuss my choices often. They have seen the documentaries. They get it. And most of the time, they choose plant based over any other way of eating. My daughter would gladly choose broccoli over pizza. My son will tell you his favorite food is strawberries.
Again, I know there are going to be people who will shun me for allowing them to eat animal products at all. No one wants my children to eat the way I do more than me. Unfortunately, because I chose this lifestyle well after they were born, they became accustomed to certain foods. For now, I do what I can and continue to educate them about the unhealthy and unkind treatment of animals. Just as my husband and I do with most things in life, we guide them but do not force them.
PHEW! Okay, moving on. I just want to be fully transparent so you have a little backstory going into the video.
Allllllllll of that being said, as I mentioned, in my home they eat plant based. The following video showcases a typical day of meals.
Watch the video and then continue reading to learn more about their daily food habits.
- This is not what my children eat every single day. I offer them a variety of foods, but these meals are some of their favorites.
- This is obviously during a day when they are home. When school is in session they typically eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch with some of these items on the side.
- Even if I know one of my children doesn’t like something, I still offer it. More times than not, they come around.
- I do not force my children to eat something they don’t enjoy. I wouldn’t be happy if someone forced me to eat something I don’t like, so I don’t do that to them.I do, however, make them try everything at least once.
- As I mentioned earlier, my children prefer fruits and vegetables over most everything else. I have encouraged it since the baby led weaning days and truly believe that has helped to shape their love of fruits and vegetables.
So there you have it!
Curious to know what are some staples in our household for the kiddos?
- LOTS of fruit and vegetable options
- “Interesting” noodles such as spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles
- Carrots and hummus
- Smoothie ingredients
- Non-diary milks
- Vegan ranch
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Gallo pinto (black beans and rice/Nicaraguan dish)
- Cereal with no additives or added sugars
- and Shakeology!
I leave you with this; never give up on offering healthy options to your children. And remember, you are their role model. Act and they shall follow!