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

 

 

 

30 Days To Healthy Living Programme

Are you feeling out of sorts, drained of energy, stuck in a rut, suffering with headaches or digestive grumbles and don’t know how to feel better? Are you also feeling confused and overwhelmed about all the different options?

Believe me, I get it. I can relate to this both through personal experience of fatigue and IBS, and also through my years of experience as a kinesiologist and nutritionist. Clients come to me all the time trying out the latest thing or with bags full of nutritional supplements but not sure what’s actually working.

THINGS CAN BE BETTER! Imagine waking up every day with your energy tank restored, knowing your body is being fuelled correctly with the correct balance of vitamins and minerals to help you cope with your busy life.

I want to help you feel better LONG TERM. I am not offering you a quick fix but a simple, easy plan to start following with an initial 30 days. You will see the results both mental and physical.

We are looking at educating you, building healthier daily eating habits, understanding your body and what it’s trying to tell you.

 

This simple reset in 30 days can improve so many areas of your health:

  • Increased energy and vitality
  • A happier gut and a digestive system working better
  • Radiant skin
  • Improved quality sleep
  • A better understanding of using food as healthy fuel
  • Many people also experience weight loss

 

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

I have completed this programme twice now, once because I was feeling out of sorts and a bit sluggish and overweight, and the second time because my body and hormones had been messed around by IVF drugs. Many of my clients have also enjoyed this programme, Sandra shared this with me:

“It was so simple to follow and I can’t belive how much more energised I felt. I also lost some of the weight which had been bothering me!”

 

The 30 day programme (full name “30 Days To Healthy Living”) is an amazing programme to help you kick start your health journey. You will received daily recipes, knowledge and inspiration to keep you on track alongside meal plans and digestion boosting products.

Our 30 day kit supports balanced nutrition with:

  • Plant based protein for smoothies
  • Fibre boost
  • Herbal tea
  • Energy fizzy sticks (caffeine free energy boosts with B vitamins, ginseng and guarana)
  • Digestion enzymes for healthy gut (enzymes & probiotics)
  • Body cleanse (detox support for the liver)
  • Plus you have access to me all the time (well except when I’m sleeping!) to ask advice.

 

The next group starts on Mon 3rd Feb and new groups start every other Monday (although you can join at any time).

This week is prep-week so you will be guided to order you customised 30DTHL pack this week and start checking in with me about how to prepare and stock your fridge.

There is an online Facebook page packed full of info which I’m happy for you to have a look around before joining, just ask me and I’ll add you so you can check it out.

 

SAVE MONEY

RRP £384 but Preferred Client rate £230. This PC rate is available via an annual registration fee (usually £25 but reduced to just £10 in January) so 100% worth joining in January to save an additional £150!

 

Want to know more or have any questions? Just email me and we can chat further.

 

 

Chocolate recipe

CHOCOLATE RECIPE: A NOT SO NAUGHTY CHOCOLATE BAR

This is so delicious and perfect for when you want a sweet treat with a healthier twist.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp nut butter (almond or cashew ideally)
  • 3 tbsp coconut butter
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • ½ cup of mixed, crushed nuts (I use cashew and hazelnut and bash them with a rolling pin)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

If extra sweetness required:

  • 1 tsbp honey or Zylosweet (from Higher Nature)

Recipe:

  1. Mix all the ingredients bar the nuts and stir until smooth (or whizz in a food processor)
  2. Add the nuts and pulse to keep some larger pieces
  3. Spread into a dish
  4. Score with a knife to separate into bitesize chunks
  5. Pop in fridge for a few hours or overnight

Top tips:

You will need to keep storing this in the fridge otherwise it will melt!

You can get Coconut Butter and Zylosweet (and lots of other healthy stuff) from Higher Nature.  www.highernature.co.uk Tel: 0808 457 4747 (you may need to give my reference which is P566941)

Coconut butter is a totally healthy fat that boosts the immune system, is anti-fungal and anti-viral and also boosts the metabolism and supports the thyroid gland and is exceptionally good for the brain.  It is very safe to cook with as it is never damaged by heat.

Hope you enjoy this chocolate recipe. Let me know how you get on!

PS This is a stock image, I’m not that good at photography!

Prepare for the week ahead

Prepare meals and snacks to keep you on track

What a Sunday! Food preparation is key to keeping your nutrition goals on track. Whip up sugar free snacks to always have them on hand when hungry strikes

Sunday saw me spend some of the afternoon on food prep to keep me going for the next few weeks. Gluten and dairy free breakfast, dinner, morning and afternoon snacks all prepared to keep me away from the temptations of bad food!

*Salmon, white and mackerel fish cakes made with goats cheese & butter
* Flaxseed crackers (scrummy with cashew nur butter and avocado on top)
* Deliciously Ella’s cinnamon and pecan granola
* Sugar free cocoa and berry antioxidant bars
(my new favourite)

Preparation is the key to success. When you feel hungry, you reach out for a snack irregarless of what it may be – muffin, biscuit, crisps. If you want to help fuel your body with nutritious food, you’ll need to prepare. I spent a while preparing the above so I had plenty for this week plus a stash of fishcakes and antiocidant bars in the freezer for later. Provided you store the granola in an airight container, it can last for a month.

Comment below if you’d like any recipes. Fail to prepapre, prepare to fail so go forth and sort your good snacks out!

Sunday food prep

Quick breakfast

Struggle to eat breakfast?

Try this super simple smoothie to get in plenty of vitamins, minerals & all important anti-oxidants to help boost your immune system. It really does pack a bit of zing and put a spring in your step and it only takes 2 minutes to prepare – perfect breakfast!

Super simple

Try this:

x1 banana

x1 apple

x1 carrot

x1 handful of spinach

x1/2 scoop of Berry and/or Organic Greens Complex Delicious Berry Complex from NYRO

x1/2 cup of almond, rice or coconut milk

x 1/2 cup of water

 

Have a try and let me know what you think? I’d love to hear if you like it and what else you put into it.

Happy springing 🙂

Sx