Everything You Need to Know About Raising Vegan Children: Eric C. Lindstrom’s New Book Review and Giveaway

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What does raising vegan children look like in today’s society?

I started asking this question long before I became pregnant. As someone who’d been vegan for over four years by the time baby J was born, I knew that I wanted to raise her vegan.

In today’s world, especially here in the Pacific Northwestern part of the US where we live, leading a vegan lifestyle has gotten easier. Lots of new vegan products are popping up on the market, and many restaurants are adding vegan-friendly options on their menus.

Yet when it comes to raising vegan children, things get more complicated than ordering a tempeh bacon sandwich at your favorite brunch spot. How do I explain to my daughter what being vegan means to our family? How do I tell her the reason why we don’t go to the zoo like the rest of the kids her age? How do we navigate birthday parties, or Halloween trick-or-treating?

The deeper I got into the intricacies of raising little vegans, the more questions I got.

Yet, like any parent with a big vision for their child, I was determined. I decided to see if there was any literature devoted to the subject of raising vegan kids.

Luckily for me, I quickly found what I was looking for. Eric D. Lindstrom, the founder of Meaty Vegan Blog and the author of The Skeptical Vegan book, had just released a vegan parenting book that was exactly what I needed.

The Smart Parent's Guide to Raising Vegan Kids - a new vegan parenting book by Eric D. Lindstrom

The Smart Parent’s Guide to Raising Vegan Kids: Lessons for Littles in Plant-Based Eating and Compassionate Living combines Eric’s experience of raising his own two vegan children with stories from multiple other vegan parents.

The Smart Parent’s Guide leaves no stone unturned when it comes to various aspects of raising vegan children. The book is full of tips on:

– Building your child’s health through a plant-based diet;

– Helping your child understand the importance of being compassionate and embracing veganism as they grow older;

– Communicating with your pediatrician about your child’s nutritional needs;

– Navigating birthday parties, holidays, road trips, etc. as a vegan family;

– The importance of vaccinations for vegan children (yes, I know that vaccines are tested on animals, but you really should hear Eric’s point here).

In addition to all this, this book is a true goldmine of vegan resources for kids and families: Eric lists movies, books, online resources, ideas for vegan child-friendly activities, and an extensive list of vegan food options at mainstream restaurants. Plus, there’s a list of easy kid-approved vegan recipes that Eric lists from A to Z. Banana sushi! Cheesy macaroni! Watermelon burgers!

A review of The Smart Parent's Guide to Raising Vegan Kids by Eric D Lindstrom
Eric C. Lindstrom with his kids

But my favorite thing about this book were the stories from real vegan parents about raising their kids vegan from birth or transitioning them to veganism later on. It was reassuring to hear real parents like myself talk about their everyday challenges and successes, and sharing tips for bringing up kids as vegans. Ultimately most of the parents Eric interviewed agree that raising their kids as vegans has been easier than they originally thought.

Not a big fan of reading books because you get bored easily? I’d still recommend The Smart Parent’s Guide because it’s written in a conversational, easy-to-follow way with plenty of moments that will make you laugh out loud. Or at least smile 🙂 

The Smart Parent's Guide to Raising Vegan Kids - a book on vegan parenting by Eric Lindstrom

Did I get you interested yet? The Smart Parent’s Guide to Raising Vegan Kids is available now wherever you buy books. Amazon (linked) is a well-known book-selling heavyweight, but if you’re interested in supporting independent booksellers instead, just stop by your favorite local book store.

Giveaway Time!

Eric C. Lindstrom has graciously provided me with a copy of The Smart Parent’s Guide to Raising Vegan Kids to give away to one lucky reader of Vegan Runner Eats blog! To participate in this giveaway, just answer this question in the comments:

What’s one vegan-friendly snack that you and/or your kids love?

Giveaway Rules:

  1. This giveaway is open for the readers of Vegan Runner Eats 18 years of age or older who reside in the US or Canada (sorry international folks!). Anyone can comment on this post, but only US or Canada residents qualify for participation in the giveaway.
  2. The giveaway starts on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, and ends on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST. The winner will be randomly selected, and their name will be announced on Vegan Runner Eats blog page on Facebook on Wednesday, January 16th. The winner will be contacted via email that they submitted when leaving their comment.
  3. By submitting a comment to this post, you agree to participate in this giveaway. Please note that you still need to follow the rules in #1 above to be eligible to win.
  4. The email address you submit with your comment will not be visible to anyone except the admins of Vegan Runner Eats. We will never share your email address with any third parties, and will not send you any promotional materials from Vegan Runner Eats unless you explicitly allow us to do so (or if you’re already subscribing to the Vegan Runner Eats mailing list).

Images in this post are courtesy of Eric D. Lindstrom.

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About Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats

Alina first made a switch to a vegan diet in 2013 to optimize her athletic performance as a marathon runner. Being vegan eventually opened her eyes on the issues of animal welfare, environmental protection, human rights and feminism. Alina hopes that her blog will help its readers on their path to making this world a better place.

27 Responses to Everything You Need to Know About Raising Vegan Children: Eric C. Lindstrom’s New Book Review and Giveaway

  1. Amy says:

    I would like to bein drawing. I have two kids 10 and 7. Its hard to keep them 100% vegan ir know if i should even try or they should make up their own mind.

  2. Johanna says:

    Mine and my husband’s favorite vegan snack is buffalo cauliflower “wings”. They are not the easiest to make, but we LOVE how they taste (and I love that I can enjoy them guilt free). The best recipe I have found for them is on the Hot for Food blog. We don’t have kids yet, but we are hoping to start trying this fall and are hoping to raise them vegan! Thank you for your blog <3

  3. Teresa says:

    We are raising 3 1/2 year old twins vegan and they’ve always been vegan. We love fresh fruit in our house and that’s a fave go to snack. Kiddos love the Made Good granola minis, which are awesome for being vegan and nut-free, so can be sent to daycare too!

  4. Désirée says:

    Our boys are 8 and 5 and love to eat non-stop. 🙂 fave snacks are apples with wow butter, veggies with hummus, chips and salsa, sunflower seeds, pistachios, MadeGood granola bars (mentioned by someone else too!), my homemade granola bars when I have time, muffins…so many options! ??

  5. Abby says:

    I was watching a documentary the other day about how it takes 1000+ liters of water(Alfalfa) to make one Ham-burger. With time more and more people will turn vegan with time, which also means the more vegan restaurant will pop up, book books will be written about this subject. And, the life of a vegan will become really very easy. The only thing I worry about whether the vegan kids are getting the proper nutrition that their growing body needs. But, since so much useful information is available nowadays, most of the parents are doing wonders with their kid’s diet.
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  6. Sharon Daley says:

    Our go to snack for my 1.5 year old is white bean hummus snacks or cucumber and hummus! Thanks for holding this giveaway!!

  7. Brittany Webb says:

    My husband and I are currently expecting our first little vegan! We have thankfully been able to test kid friendly foods on our omni niece. She loves “chicken” nuggets. She has no idea they’re any different. In fact, if you ask her if she wants to eat a chicken, she says “ewww, no” and it makes me so sad that she can’t make the connection. We are excited to raise our baby vegan, despite the backlash it’s already causing, we know it’s best for her!

  8. Christa Burns says:

    We love Larabars, only clean ingredients and my daughter loves them!

  9. Diana says:

    Veggies and Hummus are always an easy quick go to snack.

  10. Kallie says:

    My kids aren’t completely vegan yet, I’ve only been wfpb/vegan a few months, but they are working their way there. They love smoothies and smoothie bowls after school. Two of my four children have peanut and tree but allergies, I’d love some new ideas. Thank you for the giveaway!

  11. Gaylemaire says:

    Oreos ? But really a honeycrisp apple and vanilla almond butter always do the trick!

  12. Gary Harders says:

    Vegan Rob’s anything. Our kids are long gone. But I have co-workers who have kids, or just had kids.

  13. Mary Flenner says:

    I just went vegan after 12 years as a vegetarian. I have two girls, ages 4 and 2 and a third girl on the way. They are both currently vegetarian and I was just wondering if I should also make them be vegan now as well with me and how to get them on board as they get older. This book looks awesome! Our favorite vegan snack is either plain roasted Brussels sprouts right off the pan or tortilla chips and salsa.

  14. Jessie Billone says:

    My favorite vegan snacks are kale chips and cauliflower buffalo wings (my fav recipe for this is in Thug Kitchen). Also, dolmas are amazing. I’m pregnant with my first baby, due in April, and I’d love to learn how to support a vegan family. I’ve been meat-free for almost 20 years. ❤️

  15. Jeanette Atkinson says:

    My kids have been vegetarian, but I would like to transition our family to more plant-based. My daughter will be the easiest, but my son is extremely picky and my husband was raised meat-and-potatoes and only eats vegetarian some of the time. This book sounds like it would be a great place to start.

  16. Kristie Quinn says:

    My three boys love apple cut up and cinnamon sprinkled on it! Also seaweed 🙂

  17. Amanda Rahimian says:

    My 10 month old daughter’s favorite snack is whole wheat peanut butter toast with banana slices!

  18. Hmmm, favorite vegan snack for my 8 and 11 year old vegan boys…cut up veggies with a Thai peanut sauce, popcorn, Zing or NuGo bars (both vegan and gf and delish!), tomato soup with bread, seaweed snacks…this book sounds great!

  19. Catherine Blowe says:

    My kids loved dried seaweed! And we do a lot of hummus. Give them a bowl of black beans with a dollop of veganaise any day and they’ll be happy.

  20. Natalie says:

    Sweet potato waffles with maple syrup. Nice cream.
    Salty snack is crackers, hummus and veggies. I absolutely want this book.

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