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Expert Nutritionists in Plant-Based Nutrition for Children

Get personalized recommendations for your baby, child, or teenager to ensure they receive all the nutrients they need.

Nutritionist for vegan children

We are a team of nutritionists specializing in child nutrition and vegan diet

Every child is unique, and we’re here to guide you in identifying crucial aspects of their nutrition. As pediatric nutritionists, we help ensure your child consumes the elements necessary for their well-being.

It is entirely possible for your child to adopt a vegan diet without risking deficiencies, provided you understand the food groups, portions, and supplements they need.

To discover our team of plant-based nutritionists, visit our About page.

Personalized Vegan Recommendations for Your Child

Toddler (1-3 years old)

A pediatric dietitian will provide you with a clear understanding of what and how much your child needs to eat. Additionally, we will offer meal and snack ideas suitable for vegan toddlers.

Child (3-11 years old)

During this phase of growth, nutrients are more crucial than ever. A pediatric dietitian can assist you in finding creative ways to incorporate essential nutrients into your child's diet and address picky eating habits.

Teen (12-17 years old)

At this age, children may become more independent with their diet and might exhibit disinterest in healthy meals. Engaging in a conversation with a dietitian can help them become more receptive to potential solutions.

Why Collaborate With a Plant-Based Dietitian for a Child Following a Vegan Diet?

New Meal and Snack Ideas

Many of our clients seek specific ideas for quick and tasty meals and snacks. Having a tangible and adaptable diet plan for a vegan child will assist you in planning meals in advance.

Assistance for Picky Eaters

Dealing with picky eaters involves navigating numerous dos and don'ts. A pediatric nutritionist can provide support in addressing your frustrations and concerns.

Reassurance


Having a family dietitian review your child's diet and make recommendations will help ensure they are getting what they need.

Some Topics That Will Be Covered During the Sessions:

  • Recommendation of portions adapted to food groups
  • Creation of new balanced meals specifically designed for vegetarian/vegan children
  • Proposition of simple and tasty snacks
  • Suggestion of specific supplements if necessary
  • Careful evaluation of your child’s growth curve
  • Assurance of essential protein and calcium intake for healthy bones
  • Guidance on iron and vitamin C-rich foods for improved absorption

The Benefits of Working With Us:

  • Assurance of adequate vitamin and mineral intake
  • Assistance for parents dealing with picky eaters
  • Support during the introduction of new foods
  • Guidance through your child’s phases and food preference
Plant-Based Dietitians

Process & Fees

Step 1: The Initial Assessment

Mandatory for all clients, the one-hour initial assessment is crucial. The dietitian will learn about your goals, assess your medical profile and diet, offer recommendations, and suggest packages to kickstart your journey and achieve your desired results.

 

Step 2: Follow-Up Sessions

In these follow-up sessions, the dietitian will coach and guide you to achieve your desired results. Sessions can be either one hour or 30 minutes long.

 

For essential details about our process and fees, please visit our pricing page using the link below.

How to Start Your Journey

Option 1 – Direct Booking:

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Click on the link below to access the nutritionists’ schedules and book directly with them.

 

Option 2 – Free Discovery Call:

Schedule a 5-20 minute free discovery call with your future vegan dietitian. They will address your queries and kickstart your journey.

 

Click on the link below to schedule a discovery call.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a vegan diet healthy for a child?

A vegan diet can be healthy for children but may pose a risk of deficiencies such as vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and calcium. Your pediatric dietitian can advise you about fortified foods and vitamins and supplements beneficial for your children.

How do I get my kid to eat vegan?

Children nutritionists recommend starting by making your child’s favorite meals vegan and offering new vegan kids’ recipe options to transition them slowly! Encourage your child to eat more fruits and vegetables, and stay patient throughout this process.

Does a vegan diet affect child development?

A recent review of vegan diets in children brings data from 437 publications confirming that vegan children have normal growth rates and a number of benefits from a plant-based diet.

Is it ethical to raise a child vegan?

This is a controversial topic as some people believe that raising a child vegan is “forcing their beliefs”. However, children nutritionists believe that as long as you are providing a well-balanced, adequate, and nutritious vegan diet, there should be no concerns as long as the child is happy!

What are the benefits of my child becoming vegan?

Vegan diets can benefit kids by decreasing the risk of developing obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

What do vegan kids lack?

Nutrient status in vegan children can be tricky as they are at risk of becoming deficient in B12, calcium, and vitamin D, which require supplementation. A pediatric dietitian can effectively collaborate with parents to plan a well-balanced diet for their child.

How do vegan kids get protein?

Sources of protein for vegan children include legumes, grains, tofu, tempeh, soy milk, and many others. Check out my ultimate vegetarian grocery list for a more comprehensive list.

Can being vegan affect puberty?

A child nutritionist believes that being vegan does not affect puberty as long as you are eating a balanced, nutritious vegan diet just as someone who eats meat should. 

Is it appropriate for an adolescent to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet?

Yes, according to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases."

Why are vegan children at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency?

Vegan children are at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency as B12 is not found in any plant food other than fortified food. Identifying vegan foods higher in vitamin B12 and supplementation is important when practicing veganism.

What should a vegan toddler eat?

According to a pediatric dietitian, some examples of good foods to start with include sweet potato, soy milk, banana, and porridge. Pureed fruits add vitamins, and mashes lentils, chickpeas and tofu provide iron. Additionally, you can slowly begin incorporating finger foods such as soft, cooked vegetables, and strips of bread when they start teething.

Do vegan babies develop slower?

Infants and young children require more protein, calcium, and vitamin D and B12 than adults because of their rapid growth rate. Vegan diets do not use any animal products and parents who raise their children vegan need to provide their baby foods like cooked beans, lentils, tofu, avocados, soy yogurt, and nuts. Seeing a pediatric dietitian is highly recommended if you are unsure what vegan foods to provide your child.

What do vegan babies drink instead of milk?

There are several vegan baby formulas for vegan infants. Of course, it is highly recommended to discuss a vegan child’s diet with a registered children's nutritionist to ensure the infant is not at risk of any nutritional deficiencies.

Is meat important for toddlers?

While meat is rich in nutrients, your toddler can get the same nutrition with vegan substitutions. In fact, in a well-balanced vegan diet, there is the same amino acid content as in a meat diet.

Are vegan children shorter?

Yes and no. Vegan children are at risk of stunted growth and having a lower bone mineral content if they do not receive adequate vitamin B12, calcium, and vitamin D. However, this can be prevented if they follow a well-balanced vegan diet.

Do vegan children develop an eating disorder?

There is no evidence that a vegan child will develop an eating disorder. A parent can decide what a child eats at home, however, a child nutritionist recommends not being strict when children are out with their friends as this can cause social isolation and could lead to eating disorders when they become older.

Can toddlers eat tofu every day?

Yes, a children nutritionist recommends one serving of soy food per day is right for kids which is equivalent to 1 cup of soy milk, ½ cup of cooked soybeans, or ½ cup of tofu.

What do I do with my child who doesn't want to be vegan anymore?

If your child is at a stage where they can make a decision, it is important to allow them the freedom to choose what they eat. Therefore, respect and support them with this decision as controlling their diet will only create more resistance. Consulting a children’s dietitian can give you guidance on how you can navigate your child’s diet at home.