A plant-based diet can be great for adults and kids alike! With so many health and environmental benefits, plant-based eating is often an easy choice for parents to make. We wanted to share a few tips and tricks we’ve found to be helpful in convincing growing kids to choose veggies in today’s world.
We’ve talked before about all of the wonderful nutrients plants provide to our bodies, and it’s especially true when our bodies are developing. Calcium, a nutrient very well known for its importance to growing bodies, is found in edamame, spinach, broccoli, tofu, soy milk, and more. Good sources of protein include beans, quinoa, asparagus, lentils, peas, sweet potatoes, and oats. In addition to calcium and protein, plant-based foods can provide plenty of omega-3, iron, vitamin D, and vitamin B12.
Aside from supplying an ample amount of the many nutrients required for healthy growth, plant-based eating delivers some nice extras too! Studies have shown that children raised on a plant-based diet tend to have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight and have less trouble with acne, allergies and stomach problems.
The temptation of unhealthy food choices can be all around. From grocery store shelves to what friends at school have packed for lunch to TV commercials, convincing kids to make healthy choices can feel like an uphill battle. It can seem even more so if your kids are used to eating processed foods, like so many are. Here are a few strategies that we’ve found to be very helpful:
We’re working on our line of plant-based foods for kids, and can’t wait to share it with you. In the meantime, we’re hearing rave reviews from parents about many of our current dishes. For little ones, check out the Rustic Lentil or Hearty Split Pea and Barley Soup. They’re fresh, natural, healthy options that are packed with plants and ready to heat and eat. What could be better on a crazy weeknight after a long day at work (or any night!)?
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The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a report calling for stronger federal food safety requirements of common food additives. While this new study focuses on the effect of these substances on children, we at Fred and Ricky’s were wary of additives and chemicals long before this report was issued.
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