So what on earth does a Vegan baby eat? Pretty much the same foods as a non vegan baby! I get tons of questions from people asking about what types of foods I feed Harley, and how it’s going giving him “Vegan food”. Well guess what! It’s super easy and super NORMAL. Most all babies start solids off with only fruits and vegetables anyway. And most all “baby food” purees are made up of fruits, veggies, and starches like sweet potato, squash, or grains. All of those foods are Vegan and all of those foods are filled with tons of living nutrients that we should be prioritizing for our children. Harley is now 1 year old and has been introduced to most all fruits and vegetables. He has tried a wide variety of grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds. I strongly believe introducing these foods so early in life will set him up for a lifetime of healthy eating habits. Harley is still exclusively Breastfeeding, so he does get all of his essential nutrition through my milk. It is completely normal and SO healthy for children to Breastfeed for the first 2 years of their life. Later on when Harley is done Breastfeeding, he will easily meet his nutritional requirements through Plant foods. Another reason why I believe introducing foods from all food groups is important to do now, so later on he will be familiar with these foods and already love them! The most common error in our Health system today is recommending children be given Cow’s milk once they ween from their Mothers milk. This make us the only mammal to drink milk passed infancy. This also would make us the only mammal to drink the milk of ANOTHER species. Both of those facts are very odd to me. Milk is designed for rapid growth, exactly what developing babies need. Exactly what anyone with the ability to eat real food does not need. Milk is recommended for children to provide their Calcium and Protein requirements. Milk/Dairy products have also been known to be one of the most popular allergens, and the leading cause of most all heart diseases. So why not get our kids Calcium requirements met through beans, almonds, and green vegetables. There have never been any recorded downsides of these foods ever. I would love to talk more about these topics in the future with you all, and I would love to continue to share kid friendly meals I come up with while raising Harley. That being said, food is still new to Harley, so everything you see here does not actually get into his mouth, chewed, swallowed, and into his belly. But I like to give him a wide variety of foods to choose from and to experience. Im trying to set that foundation for later on and so far he loves PLANT foods. I'm hoping this post will give you some meal ideas for your littles and after reading the facts below you will see that ALL plant foods are in fact SUPERfoods!
Breakfast- Oatmeal Bowl
1/4 cup rolled oats (cooked in water)
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp hemp seeds
Oatmeal provides a significant amount of Iron and a significant amount of Fiber.
Oats are also an excellent source of healthy carbohydrates and provide a good amount of Plant protein.
Blueberries are loaded with Antioxidants, and are a low glycemic fruit.
Hemp seeds are a nutritional powerhouse! I sprinkle these on EVERYTHING.
Hemp seeds are a complete Plant protein source, meaning they contain all essential amino acids. They are extremely high in Omega-3s, and have the perfect Omega3 to Omega6 ratio (healthy fats). This is so important for brain development and function.
Snack- Cracker with Hummus
Grain Cracker made from Brown Rice, Corn, Quinoa, Millet, and Flax.
All grains provide healthy whole plant food carbohydrates, plant protein, iron, calcium and fiber. Flax seeds contain the highest amount of Omega3s of all seeds.
Grains also provide a large amount of Manganese and Magnesium.
Hummus made from beans, and tahini (sesame seed butter) is an excellent source of complete Protein. It also provides a great deal of healthy fats. Tahini has an extremely high amount of Iron and has more Calcium than any other nut butter.
Lunch- Toast w/ fruit and veg
1/2 piece of organic bread
with peanut butter
Cucumber w/ hemp seeds
Bread with minimal ingredients and no preservatives can make a great meal for kids. Organic whole grain bread can provide most all of the same nutrients as the grains listed above. Most healthy breads contain extra protein, healthy carbohydrates, omegas, and iron.
Peanut Butter provides an amazing amount of healthy fats for kids, it has the highest amount of protein compared to all nuts, it is extremely high in copper, magnesium, calcium and iron.
Grapes, Mangos, and Cucumbers are all extremely hydrating fruits. They are mostly made up of water. They do also contain many vitamins and minerals. Grapes have a very high antioxidant count. Mangos contain a significant amount of Folate, B vitamins, and provide 100% of our Vitamin C requirement. Both have a great amount of fiber and Vitamin A.
Dinner- Baby Buddha Bowl
1/2 a baked and mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup green peas
1 tbsp cashew "cheese"
Sweet Potatoes are a wonderous superfood, they are high in several nutrients. Sweet potatoes provide 100% of our daily Vitamin C requirement. They are extremely high in Vitamin A and contain Vitamin K. Sweet Potatoes are a great source of natural energy because of their high amount of carbohydrates. They also provide a great deal of Antioxidants and are an anti-inflammatory food. They have one of the highest levels of potassium of all plant foods. Sweet Potatoes are also a great source of Folate and have a good amount of Iron in them.
Green Peas are one of the best sources of Plant protein. Most all Vegan protein powders are made from Peas. Green Peas are also an outstanding source of Calcium and have a great deal of Fiber.
Broccoli is another Superfood. Broccoli has double the amount of Protein than red meat per 100 calories. 2 servings of Broccoli has the same amount of Calcium as a glass of Dairy Milk. Broccoli is also high in several vitamins such as, Vitamin A, K, and C. It also contains a great deal of antioxidants, potassium, and magnesium.
Cashews, which are actually a legume, not a nut, making them allergen friendly, are great sources of Healthy plant fats, protein, and a great source of Calories.
Cashews are another great source of magnesium.
They are a good source of Copper which is great for Hair health.
Cashews are also another plant food high in Calcium.