VEGAN CHILDREN

HOW TO INTEREST CHILDREN IN PLANT BASED FOOD

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Greta, thank you for your suggestion. You have inspired me to spend an afternoon collating lots of vegan info for you all! Hope you find this useful
I love plant based eating and am always looking for ways to increase this. However I can get bored with just another round of roasted veggies and different herbs. We have been experimenting with so many new plant based dishes over the past few months (some of which meet with my carnivore loving husband’s approval and some are definitely earmarked solely for me when he is night flying!) but it’s been a delight to become more plant based.
Below are some food ideas and recipe suggestions, website links and an all important infographic about children’s nutritional requirements. Many thanks to Caroline B for allowing me to share some of her superb family friendly vegan meals.

NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • B12 – found in eggs, cheese & milk. Replace with fortified breakfast cereals, non dairy milks and yogurts
  • Iron – add beans, chickpeas & lentils, seeds & nuts, dark green vegetables, wholegrains (wholemeal bread & brown rice), dried fruit
  • Omega 3- found in fish. Other sources: flaxseed, walnuts (to be ground up for children under 5 to prevent choking), ground chia seeds & hemp seeds
  • Iodine to support thyroid function – I recommend taking in a child friendly multivitamin supplement

Top children friendly supplements:

Hopefully this infographic helps fill you with confidence that children can follow a vegan based diet with a bit of extra food thought and a little multivitamin as well to ensure all minimum levels are topped up sufficiently

 

FUN VEGAN IDEAS FOR KIDS

  • Tacos – roast babycorn, onion & peppers together or create a black bean version
  • Buddha bowls
  • Homemade pizza
  • Bean spaghetti bolognaise
  • Porridge oats with chia seeds & fruit on top
  • Overnight oats – oats, chia seeds, coconut yogurt & almond milk
  • Wholemeal wraps with hummus, spring onion, avocado, red pepper, lemon juice
  • Mix and match bowls for them to help themselves including baked potato slices, smashed avocado, mixed beans (e.g. roasted chickpeas, kidney beans), spinach, tomatoes, roasted vegetables, coleslaw. Obviously not all these at once
  • Homemade soups
  • Falafels with side salad

HEALTHY DESSERTS AND SNACKS

  • Fruit slices
  • Homemade sorbet – melon & strawberries plus ice cubes in a NutriBullet – simple!
  • Coconut yogurts
  • Coconut chocolate pots – add some fruit on the side to dip in
  • Hummus with toast dippers
  • Fruit smoothies

 

WEBSITE IDEAS & RECIPE SUGGESTIONS

 

 

 

Bach flower remedies

Hands up if you like using Bach Flower Remedies? They are simple FABULOUS at helping us manage our emotions. Over the next few days, I’ll post about the most commonly used remedies and how they can help you.

Bach flower remedies show up as helping in the majority of sessions and I thought it would be helpful to share the most popular ones. Read below to see which fits with how you’re feeling and give them a try.

Each of the 38 remedies discovered by Dr Bach is directed at a particular characteristic or emotional state. They are not necessarily a personality test answer but do help with how you’re feeling at a particular moment.

How to use:
Suitable for use with babies and children as well as us grown-ups, you can squeeze 3-4 drops under your tongue or pop in a glass of water. Adding them to a bottle of water you drink throughout the day will be a great way to provide ongoing support.

If you would like any advice on choosing a Bach flower to help you, please pop a question below or email me [email protected]

Eczema help

ECZEMA HELP

My 6 year old nephew who suffers from eczema was staying with us this weekend and, me being me, I was chatting to his Mum about how to help. We had already identified a lactose and wheat intolerance using kinesiology testing and this had really helped clear it up. However, they found this change hard to stick to so we discussed how to make life easier just by swapping his milk, bread and cereal to gluten free. It’s about removing the triggers for a short period of time to allow the inflammatory markers to reduce whilst we support the body’s natural immune system. Sounds a bit tricky but it’s quite simple and I can help you with this. (I’m not a massive fan of gluten free replacements long term as they are often high in sugar and starchy ingredients but if it helps a 6 year old reduce his itchy and sore eczema then I’m all for quick wins).

My lovely nephew doesn’t like the thick, gloopy prescription cream and squirms his way out of your arms if you’re trying to apply it but – bribed with an Easter egg – he agreed to let us play ‘The Arms and Leg Game’, essentially trying different creams with my NYR Organic lotions suitable for eczema, certified by the Soil Association. We put Stellaria lotion on his legs and Calendular lotion on his arms. He loved the feel of the Stellaria and was quite happy to have it on at night and it stopped him itching, what a result! 🙂

No chat with me is complete without discussing what goodness to put INTO the body (it’s not all about cutting things out), so we tried the Organic Berry powder as a healthy Ribena and discussed adding in the omega 3,6&9 NYRO oil into his morning smoothie (another new idea) to help boost the immune system with vitamin C and essential fatty acids to help his skin. I can’t wait to hear how he gets on 🙂

Only £7 a tube, Stellaria & Calendula creams test up really well and are incredibly soothing. If anyone wants to try them, let me know and I can send you a sample.

https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/sarahtegg/product/8276/stellaria-cream-30ml/?a=12&cat=0&search=stellaria
eczema

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