Yes you can raise children vegan.
The purpose here is to select and recommend the most pertinent, useful and, most importantly, sound and reliable science based advice when it comes to raising animal friendly children following a plant based diet.
Of course, it is not meant to replace regular check ups as advised by one’s local health authorities and if you are concerned about something, consulting a registered health professional is always the way to go. Note that naturopaths and homeopaths are NOT registered health professionals.
Below you will find:
1/ A list of links to science based advice on vegan diets for children of all ages;
2/ A list of educational resources;
3/ The most important thing you need to know, and do;
4/ Meal ideas and recipes;
5/ A list of various articles and opinion pieces on raising vegan children.
1/ Science based advice on vegan diets for children of all ages
The Vegan RD website is a great source of reasonable advice:
Safety of Vegan Diets for Babies
Vegan diets aren’t dangerous. However, people with irrational ideas about nutrition are. The stories of vegan parents…
Vegan Diets Are Safe for Children
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported about a preschool in Jersey City, NJ that offers only vegan food. The…
Taking Responsibility for the Health of Vegan Children
No doubt you’ve heard about the legislator in Italy who is proposing to make it illegal to raise kids as vegans…
Fortified Soy Milk is Healthy Alternative to Cow’s Milk for Toddlers
A joint news release from Dietitians of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society urges parents to be careful in their…
Vegan Health is another very good site:
Pregnancy, Infants, and Children
Last updated May 2018 This page features information about specific details about vegan diets for pregnancy…
The official National Health Service in England has a reliable page on this and perhaps your local health services do too:
Vegetarian and vegan babies and children — NHS.UK
How to give vegetarian or vegan children a healthy diet with all the energy and nutrients they need, including protein…
“Well-planned vegan and other types of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence.”
Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Vegetarian diets. - PubMed…
J Am Diet Assoc. 2003 Jun;103(6):748-65. Guideline; Practice Guideline
Raising vegetarian or vegan kids | HCF
According to Sydney dietitian Shirley Chan, the key to raising healthy vegetarian or vegan kids is a combination of…
Vegetarian and vegan diets
Plant-based diets can help reduce your risk of disease and provide you with all the protein, minerals and vitamins your…
Vegetarian diets and children
Vegetarians are people who don't eat meat and meat products. People may be vegetarians or vegans for ethical…
And the excellent new Canadian Dietary Guidelines which have been updated very recently:
Canada's Food Guide - Canada's Food Guide
Canada's Food Guide
- Canada's Food Guide Canada's Food Guidefood-guide.canada.ca
From The Vegan Society:
Vegetarian diets in children and adolescents
Language: English | French A well-balanced vegetarian diet can provide for the needs of children and adolescents…
“ Well-planned vegetarian and vegan diets with appropriate attention to specific nutrient components can provide a healthy alternative lifestyle at all stages of fetal, infant, child and adolescent growth. Appropriate education of the family and follow-up over time are essential.”
Vitamin B12: A Vegan Nutrition Primer
There’s no doubt about it: Vitamin B12 is the big issue in vegan nutrition. It’s not that it’s difficult to get enough…
Please do take B12 seriously — read the above. There is no plant based source of b12. We must supplement and/or eat enough b12 enriched food.
2/ Educational resources
Activities and Tips to Teach Children about Responsibility
“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” — Denis…
Raising Kids On a Vegan Diet
There’s a long list of reasons why more and more people are opting for a vegan diet — from reducing their carbon…
Health Check: how to get kids to eat healthy food
Hippocrates said circa 400BC that “food should be our medicine and medicine should be our food”. He would probably turn…
Vegetarian & Vegan Friendly Books for Kids (121 books)
121 books based on 76 votes: That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things…
3/ The most important thing you need to know, and do
On-time vaccination offers the best protection for your child.
Each vaccine plays an important role, so timely vaccination is the best way to protect your child. This website offers…
Straight Talk about Vaccination
Whooping cough, measles, mumps. These are the diseases that preyed on our parents’ and grandparents’ generations and…
As the Vegan Society themselves put it: Vegans avoid using animals ‘as far as is practicable and possible’. This definition recognises that it is not always possible to make a choice that avoids the use of animals. Sometimes, you may have no alternative to taking prescribed medication. Looking after yourself and other people enables you to be an effective advocate for veganism.
4/ Meal ideas and recipes
100 Vegan Recipes That Even Your Kids Will Eat | Nursing Schools.net
It’s hard enough to get picky kids to eat foods that are good for them and will help them grow up strong, even without…
WhyVeg.com | Vegetarian Recipes | Recipe List
Delicious, easy-to-follow vegetarian recipes.
Protein-rich vegetarian recipes kids will love — Today’s Parent
Enjoy these delicious protein-packed, plant-based recipes kids will love — from Canadian cookbook author and mom of…
Vegan kid-friendly recipes — Vegangela
Vegan kid-friendly recipes loved by readers’ children, including many gluten-free and low-carb options.
We’ve got an abundance of family-friendly veggie recipes, whether you are after a simple snack or a hearty supper.
5/ Articles and opinion pieces on raising vegan children
Can kids really thrive on a vegan diet?
Sightings of vegan pizza (usually in the inner-city hipster heartlands) used to be rare. Now it’s on the menu of pizza…
Vegan diets for children aren’t abusive — raising a child to eat meat is actually more extreme
You may have seen recent news stories about a malnourished child who was removed from his parents. A sad case, of…
Real Vegan Children
The children on this page have been vegan their entire lives-including their mothers during pregnancy-providing…
My toddler is vegan. What’s the problem? | Sarah Campbell
I had never met a vegan before I became one myself, so was a little naive about how it would be greeted by my friends…
Is Raising Children to Be Vegan Bad for Their Mental Health? — One Green Planet
Parents who raise their children vegan often get a lot of flak about whether their children are getting proper…
The above article is pertinent but I do not endorse nor recommend One Green Planet as I have not found them to be reliable when it comes to scientific matters.
Isn’t a vegan diet dangerous for children? — Veganuary
Any diet needs to be carefully planned to ensure correct nutrition, and this is obviously all the more important for…
Dead vegan babies and rational responses — The Vegan Strategist
In Italy, a controversial proposal by a rightist politician would have vegan parents who raise their children as vegans…
Footnote: I am not including anything from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). They do produce useful material as well, yet I have found that they tend to cherry pick anything which comforts their ideological bias and it is not what I want to see in an organisation with a name like this.