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Raising Vegan Kids With Soy Allergy- It’s Possible

by | May 21, 2019

If you have been wondering about the possibility of raising vegan kids allergic to soy, here’s the good news- it is POSSIBLE and here’s how.

Like any other allergy, soy allergies can complicate your kid’s diet for a little bit until as a family, you learn how to navigate around it. Soy allergies for vegans specifically can leave a lot of vegan favorites off the table, unfortunately. With tofu, tempeh, certain vegan “meats”, miso, soy milk, and other soy-based products off the table, you might be scratching your head trying to figure out the game plan.

Luckily, there’s still a lot of other options to get in protein and enjoy delicious foods even with your vegan kids suffering from the soy allergy. Continue below to learn more about how to survive as the parent of a vegan kid with a soy allergy.

Raising Vegan Kids With Soy Allergy- It’s Possible
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Raising Vegan Kids With Soy Allergy- It’s Possible

How do I know if my kid has a soy allergy?

Although soy allergies most commonly manifest in babies and children, your vegan kid can also develop a soy allergy as a teenager or even as an adult (I developed an allergy to soy milk when I was 15!)

Allergy skin tests performed on children are the most common way to discover that your child has a soy allergy but there are certain symptoms that can also be a giveaway. Some symptoms that kidshealth.org give are throat tightness, difficulty breathing, wheezing, stomach pains, vomiting, and hives.

What to look out for while shopping

Raising vegan kids with soy allergy successfully starts at the grocery store. Although tedious at first until you have a set of tried and true soy-free vegan products, you’re going to be doing a lot of label reading in order to ensure that what you are buying does not contain soy.

There is a number of smartphone applications that can aid in helping you shop for soy-free products such as the free app “Allergy Reality” which also provides awareness, tips, and educational puzzles août all the major food allergies. Apps like Spookin can help detect food allergies when you go out to restaurants.

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Essential Soy-Free Protein Sources

Tofu and vegan “meats” are some of the common ways to get protein into your vegan kid’s diet but with a soy allergy, you’ll have to source protein from elsewhere.

As you may already know, beans are an amazing source of protein, whether your kid’s favorite beans are garbanzo, kidney, or pinto. Ditch the pre-packaged vegan burgers that contain soy and simply make your own vegan burgers at home (check-out our recipe for black bean burgers here)

Soy-free vegan meats do exist if you’re not so savvy in the kitchen. The famous and delicious Beyond Burger is soy-free as well as Field roast’s products!

No soy milk? No problem. With dairy and soy-free alternatives such as almond, hemp, oat, coconut, and rice milk on the market, enjoying a large bowl of is still possible for your kid! For the next best to soy “milk” protein, opt for almond milk.

Are you raising vegan kids with soy allergy? What tips do you have for other parents in the same boat? Let me know in the comments below.

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One Response to “Raising Vegan Kids With Soy Allergy- It’s Possible”

  1. Karla
    June 10th, 2019 @ 10:36 pm

    Almond ‘milk’ is not an appropriate beverage alternative for vegan kids as it does not provide the necessary nutrients for proper growth and development. A ‘milk’ alternative should have adequate calories, fat, carbohydrates and protein. The next best thing to soy would be a pea-based or flax with added protein. Almond, coconut, oat, or rice beverages just don’t provide this nutritional profile. Parents should also look for fortified plant beverage with calcium, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D.

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