Struggling to cook healthy meals and want to introduce your family to a plant-based diet?
You’re probably thinking that moving to more plant-based eating sounds like a great idea however, you don’t know where to start!
As per Forks over Knives, one of the most powerful steps you can take to improve your health, boost energy levels, and prevent chronic diseases is to move to a plant-based diet.
If you are thinking to shift your family’s diet to plant-based eating, you’re in the right place—we’ve got the tools, and insights to make the change easy and enjoyable.
In this post, our guest blogger, Morgan Fitchett, is a Vegan Life & Wellness Coach and the owner of The Veg Query. She will share to us her Tips on How to Shift your Family (both the husband and kids!) to a Plant-Based Diet.
Here it is.
You’ve decided to make the switch; you know the health benefits. Plus, you’ll finally, be able to manage and stabilize your weight, but your kids and husband aren’t on board.
You’re going to take away chicken nuggets and spaghetti with meatballs? You must be out of your mind.
Well, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. Your family doesn’t need to give up the foods they love for the sake of a plant-based meal.
Let’s breakdown how to get everyone on board with a plant-based diet.
1. Recreate your Favourites
While you may be coming to plant-based eating for health, know that there are alternatives that can help bridge the gap.
Opt for pre-packaged and processed alternatives. There are plenty of plant-based options that are
close to the real deal.
While they aren’t much better for your health (other than having no cholesterol!), they can help satisfy those picky eaters.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
Instead of opting for more processed options, try making whole-food (think vegetables, fruit, nuts, beans, seeds, and whole grains) versions of the
family faves. Make homemade black bean burgers or oat-based meatballs.
There are so many great recipes online – find one you’re confident you can pull off and try it! Trial and error is a part of the process.
3. Make it Fun!
Make the meals fun for the kids (and the husband too!). You can decorate and make their meals cute! Cookie cutters are a great way to make this happen. Use them to mould and shape rice into cute shapes and characters.
You can then garnish them with little seaweed clothing or veggie hair and accessories. You can use this technique on their sandwiches, fresh fruit, and veggie snacks too!
4. Make Meals Interactive
Win them over with hands-on meals; make them interact with their food!
Meals, where they can add their own toppings or ingredients, are a great
way to make everyone feel in charge of what is on their plate.
Think to build your own tacos, burrito bowls, pizza (surprisingly good without cheese – but there are plenty of plant-based cheese alternatives too) or rice
paper rolls. Incorporate their favorite plant-based toppings and fillings.
5. Let them Help
Get the kids and your husband involved in cooking, preparing, and planning some meals.
Brainstorm and get a list of new foods and meals they would like to try. If they see and contribute to all the hard work being put in, they
maybe more open to trying the family’s creations.
6. Keep Trying
Tastes buds adapt and change! Just because a meal wasn’t a hit, one night doesn’t mean it won’t be another night. You can make some changes and
come back stronger next time.
7. Ease them In
Another option is to continue preparing your regular meals but swap out additives to make it plant-based friendly.
Pick up dairy-free milk and butter for your mashed potatoes and create your own plant-based cheese sauce for broccoli.
This way, you can still enjoy all the sides without worry, and they have a familiar experience. You can prepare an animal-based protein for them and
a plant-based protein option for you.
Find the parts of your meal you can have in common and make them work for everyone.
Preparing two completely different meals isn’t practical or sustainable.
You should be able to increase your plant-based options and meals as they get more and more familiar with new flavors.
7. Win them over with Baking
Plant-based baking is really great! Make a loaf of banana bread or chocolate chip cookies – they won’t know the difference.
Wait until they start singing you praises before telling them they are vegan! Be prepared for them to say something like, “I knew they tasted funny”(they didn’t).
8. Watch Your Calories
Plant-based eating tends to be less calorie-dense than animal-based foods.
Make sure everyone is getting enough – you may need to eat larger meals! If you aren’t sure about your intake, track your food for a few days in Cronometer or a similar calorie counter.
Your plate should generally be 1/2 fruits and vegetables, 1/4 protein, and 1/4 whole grains.
Canada has a great visual food guide that is pretty plant-diet friendly. You can check out their guide here.
9. Keep a Positive Attitude
Accept feedback, change, and adapt. Try to stay positive!
If your family doesn’t enjoy a meal, ask what they liked and didn’t; pick new meals accordingly. Adapt and change your menu to what works. There is no one fits all approach.
Take some time to gently educate your husband and kids. Discuss why the switch is important and what the benefits are.
While you can’t force them to adopt the lifestyle, you can encourage them to make good choices most of
If your husband is particularly resistant, sit down and watch The Game Changers on Netflix with him. This documentary is sure to warm him up to
This film showcases many impressive and high-performance plant-based athletes, including every man’s favorite, The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)!
Along with plant-based eating, be sure to also align this with your exercise routine. If you’re looking for simple mom and baby workout, we have some short videos for you! Be sure to check us out and subscribe to our Youtube channel!
So, what’s the takeaway?
A big lifestyle change can take time. Be persistent and patient. Experiment, try new things, ease your family in, and find ways to make it fun!
It won’t be perfect, you’ll make mistakes, but that’s okay. As they become more familiar with plant-based eating, your family will show less resistance and be excited to try new meals.
About the Author
Morgan Fitchett is a Vegan Life & Wellness Coach and the owner of The Veg Query. She is passionate about the benefits of veganism and has been vegan since 2013.
Morgan is a mother of 2 and married to an omnivore – so she gets it! Morgan frees women from their limiting beliefs surrounding food, mindset, and self-worth through the adoption of a vegan lifestyle.
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