Raising Veg Kids

http://www.RaisingVegKids.com

RaisingVegKids is a blog for parents raising vegan/vegetarian kids that offers tips, advice and inspiration on veg pregnancies, baby showers, meal plans, holidays, vacations, recipes and much more. It also features guest posts from experts in the...

Robyn is a winner of Top 25 Vegan & Vegetarian Moms - 2013

What's your favorite vegan or vegetarian friendly product?

There are so many-- and more and more come out every day making it very easy to be vegan. So easy there's no excuse not to be. For kids, I love Hopscotch Kids vegan, non-toxic nailpolish, Today I Ate a Rainbow Kit, Fur & Feathers boardgame, Cynthia King's vegan ballet slippers, Ruby Roth's vegan kid's books, and for moms I love Aveda, LUSH, Juice Beauty by Alicia Silverstone, Arbonne, and Pinterest (for finding the most creative kids vegan recipes and crafts!), and Some of my favorite vegan family resources are Vegbooks, Institute for Humane Education, HEART, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, VegFamily, Mitch Spinach, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Vegan Cupcakes take Over the World cookbook, and of course the many wonderful veg moms blogs-- which are priceless in terms of offering resources, tips, ideas, advice, support, and inspiration.

What's the biggest misconception people have about being a vegan or vegetarian?

People think that you have to give up things and make a sacrifice. They think that we need meat and dairy to thrive (that's what we've been brainwashed to think by the agribusiness industry--they've poured (and continue to pour) billions and billions of dollars into marketing their products to us)-- but now the science overwhelmingly points to the opposite. Our society is full of illness and disease because of what we're eating. The solution is real food-- fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, etc. I highly recommend watching the documentary, Forks Over Knives. People think that vegan food is bland and limiting. That's crazy. The opposite is true; a whole new door opens up when you give up animal products. I went vegan as a way to boycott the abuse and exploitation of animals, and now I am learning that it's also the absolute best thing you can do for your health, and the environment. Becoming a vegan is the greatest gift I've given to myself (and my daughter)...and of course the animals.

What's your best tip for families who want to start living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle?

It's the best decision a family can make-- it's based on responsibility, compassion, integrity and strength. As long as you're doing it for reasons that you feel strongly about, then things will naturally fall into place. Don't worry about what other people think, most people including doctors are still stuck in the past when it comes to nutrition. Be proud and excited to take on this important lifestyle for your family. Scour the internet and you'll find tons and tons of vegan resources from food to personal care products to clothing. There are many amazing vegan family websites/blogs that offer valuable tips and resources on how to raise a healthy, compassionate vegan family, from how to have a healthy vegan pregnancy and vegan baby shower, to making vegan Christmas cookies and gingerbread houses, to handling birthday parties, field trips, doctors, teachers and more. You can find support and get advice from other veg parents. The most important thing you need to remember is that you are doing the right thing for your family!