Busy Parent’s Guide: Vegan Toddler Meal Plan
Easy Vegan Toddler Meal Plan for the Busiest Week Day
In a house full of little ones, the days where you ate sitting down instead of now standing, comforting a crying baby or picking spaghetti off the wall when your toddler decides he doesn’t like his food anymore, can seem like a distant memory. The days where being spontaneous with cooking is not always within reach anymore, now in order to avoid a total two-year old meltdown, things have to be a bit more planned and based off their taste buds. A vegan toddler meal plan is needed to get through the week.
The reality is meal times change when you have a toddler.
It doesn’t mean they have to be less tasty or less enjoyable. It just means a little extra planning and some tricks to making meal times great for everyone, no matter the family member’s age.
Timing is Everything
Young children are creatures of habit. Toddlers especially thrive on routine, it helps them feel in control of their surroundings, which isn’t easy to feel for the smallest member of the family. Ever try to give a Toddler a red plate when his favorite is the blue one? Dinner will end up on the floor, or you’ll have a little one refusing to eat and that’s obviously not the goal.
Dinner doesn’t have to be ready at exactly 6:30pm every night, but having the same 1 hr window for dinner will help keep hungry tummies happy. It can also help you in your time management and might even help keep the bed time routine smooth.
Offer Healthy Snacks
The best meal times are the ones when I’ve set out a tray of veggies or fruit in advance. The kids can graze while they wait for dinner to be ready, and it keeps the toddler from running into the kitchen when you’re trying to pull a baked potato out of the oven.
Check out our toddler friendly meal ideas for awesome snacks and more!
Serve customizable meals.
Picky toddlers often hate when their food touches eachother. Let the peas touch the rice… dinner is ruined. Offering a salad or vegan taco bar gives a sense of being in control for them, but still allows you older children and parents to customize their plate. Offer guac on the side and allow kids to drizzle their own cashew cheese, spread their own vegan butter, and help them create a meal they feel is their own.
Get Our Vegan Toddler Meal Plan
Raise Vegan is proud to offer family meal planning through the group Ask A Plant Based Dietitian. A Facebook group that gives vegan families 24/7 access to a Registered Dietitian. Lead by Lauren Panoff, MPH, RD, Plant Based Lifestyle Strategist, weekly meal plans are sent to members who add it to their plan.
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