Can Your Toddler Go Vegan? For Sure!
The Parent Herald has taken an interest in veganism among young children, and for once, we have a fair source of information from a mainstream source! In “Vegan Diets for Kids: Should Toddlers Go Vegan?” the parenting blog explored some of the positive sides of choosing a vegan diet for your little one.
The vegan diet gets a bad rap for parents of young children. “How can you force that viewpoint on a child, and give them such an unhealthy diet? Don’t you want them to thrive?” I hear, more often than not. These claims are all based on ignorance when it comes to both ethics and nutrition: youngsters can absolutely thrive, and even be more healthy than their peers on a vegan diet. Mainstream diets for children, rife with chicken nuggets and endless boxes of mac and cheese might not be the most nutritious option, and it’s just plain silly to think that a vegan child would be any less healthy than another pre-schooler.
“One of the biggest hesitations on why parents would not want to convert to veganism is the thought that their kids, most especially pre-schoolers might not like eating their veggies,” reads the article. Author and Yoga Expert Rainbeau Mars counters this argument, discussing how children enjoy helping with meal prep and preparing vegetables. Having myself worked in a Montessori school for a number of years, I can tell you firsthand than children love their veggies, and chopping them up, too!