Hi friends! I can’ believe it’s already Wednesday. This week is flying by! The weather has been so warm this week and I hope where you are spring has finally sprung. I’ve been enjoying the sun, swimming, line drying my laundry outside (is there a better smell??) and all the flowers and green everywhere around town.
To follow up on my last post about my philosophy of feeding my kids, this post is a lot of meal ideas for small children (or adults!) I keep trying to get it together and document a full day of eating for Vin or Carmela (see old ones HERE and HERE), but inevitably I forget to photograph pieces of the day, or remember only after they’re almost done with the food. So I thought I’d put all the photos of what I did remember to document in one big post, as a sort of meal inspiration for plant based meals for kids.
I got a question on Instagram about how I handle eating around other kids or events where there is food we typically don’t eat, like pizza, meat, dairy etc. I simply bring our own food. I respectfully talk to the host beforehand and ask what will be served and to confirm it’s ok with them to bring our own version. Then, I make or buy a similar but healthier option to what will be there. Of course, if there’s vegan options there I don’t bring our own food. But this has worked out really well and is pretty unobtrusive. I always bring enough to share for other curious kids and adults, and because I feel sharing food is an important ritual I don’t want my kids to miss out on.
Anyways, here’s some delicious food:
afternoon pool snack: kiwis (skin on!) tangerines and hemp seeds.
burcha with a bit of raspberry jam, this was a to go snack for the park.
quick dinner: polenta, garlic sage cannelini beans, asparagus, artichokes.
miso noodle soup lunch: Wakame seaweed, black rice noodles. carrots, cilantro, collards, tofu, miso kombu broth. His favorite- he loves to slurp the noodles haha
he came outside and was so proud he made this by himself for a snack: “take a picture mom”. A date with peanut butter and chocolate chips. Turmeric stained little hands from helping me make golden milk.
More noodles lol- do you see a theme? Anytime I ask him what he wants for lunch, most of the time it’s noodles. Fine with me, kid. I then ask him to pick out some veggies from the fridge to go with. This day he chose broccoli (an all time fave) carrots and tofu. I sautéed in some sesame oil. Pumpkin seeds and tamari to finish.
Snacks on the go: dates and PB again, dried persimmon made by a friend, strawbs, tangerine, cucumber, carrots, apple. Not pictured is a little jar of hummus for the veggies. I always bring snacks when we go out to avoid the hangries. Container from Eco Lunch Box (its like 6 years old and going strong!).
Sometimes I let him watch Super Why while I get a quick workout in. He likes to snack while doing so. Pistachios and tangerines.
peanut noodles and a sweet little smile. What did I say about noodles?!?
more miso noodle soup haha. It’s a lunch tradition. This time with chickpeas, carrots, spinach, sesame seeds, avocado and black rice noodles.
more to go snacks: banana sweetened oat cookies (I make a batch and keep in the freezer for lunches/snacks), avocado with black sesame, tangerines and carrots.
tofu banh mi with pickled radish, avo and cilantro.
chocolate rawnola balls + tangerines. Lego guy unintentional but awesome.
afternoon snack of green smoothie with kale, almond butter, mango, ginger, water and some hemp seeds. I made this for myself and then he wanted one too.
glory bowl dinner with chickpeas and chive flowers. He had to get mint from the garden for his bowl- his latest obsession is to add it to everything.
fruit bowl for Carmela after school: mango, kiwi, strawberries
Well, that’s all! Let me know if you prefer one big post of meals like this one or a more structured post of exactly what he eats in a day like the previous ones. I hope you’re having a wonderful week! Lots of love xx