Most moms know that getting kiddos to eat their veggies can be a bit tricky. Whether you鈥檙e making a creative plate of cut veggies into animals or turning your healthy green smoothie into a fun monster face, you know that a daily serving of fresh fruits and veggies does your children鈥檚 body good. Believe it or not, there are moms out there who have been feeding their kiddos a plant-based diet way before Beyonc茅 started her vegan food delivery company (holla, Yonc茅!). If you鈥檝e ever thought about raising your tot on less meat and more plants, these three vegan moms 鈥 Jessica Schoech, Marisa Miller Wolfson and Michelle Schwegmann 鈥 are here to share their advice for healthy, happy kids.

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1. Read up on vegan kid nutrition. Just like with an omnivore child, it鈥檚 best to know what nutrients your growing babe needs daily. Marisa, mom of two-year-old Gabriel, highly recommends Raising Vegetarian Children, The Complete Idiot鈥檚 Guide to Vegan Eating for Kids and Disease-Proof Your Child as great resources for learning the basics. For vegan mommy blogs, all three recommended Bonzai Aphrodite and Plant-Powered Kitchen.

2. Always be prepared for events. Cooking for your child at home makes it easy to be vegan, but before attending another child鈥檚 birthday party, Michelle recommends to 鈥淏ring a special treat for your child whenever there is a celebration.鈥 She also points out that, 鈥淢ost people these days go out of their way to be nice and provide something for everyone. In those times when they aren鈥檛 prepared, we are ready so Ruby isn鈥檛 left out.鈥

3. Connect with other vegan parents. Community is super important for new parents, and that鈥檚 why chatting online with other plant-based parents can be so helpful. Marisa suggests Facebook groups such as Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting and What Vegan Children Eat, as well as Pinterest for menu-planning inspiration 鈥渂ased on what other vegan parents are posting.鈥

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4. Pack awesome school lunches. Michelle posts her daughter Ruby鈥檚 school lunches on Instagram as a way of showing the variety of yummy snacks and nutritious meals she eats every day. Michelle often packs fresh fruit like grapes, strawberries and bananas, and even snap peas straight from her garden. Search #rubybirdslunch on Instagram for instant lunch inspiration (adults included!). (Photo via @HerbivoreClothing)

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5. Buy some family-friendly vegan books. All the mamas cited Dreena Burton鈥檚 Plant-Powered Familiescookbook as a must-have for easy whole foods ideas. Michelle says, 鈥淎ll of Ruby Roth鈥檚 children鈥檚 books are great for vegan kids of different ages.鈥 During pregnancy, Jessica said The Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide was her go-to resource. (Photo via Herbivore Clothing)

6. Get creative in the kitchen. Some of the most requested meals that these vegan moms make are ones that they鈥檝e crafted themselves. 鈥淥ne of my son鈥檚 favorite meals is something we call 鈥榥oochy noodles.鈥 I mix quinoa lentil pasta, vegan butter and lots of nutritional yeast 鈥 it鈥檚 packed with protein and B12 鈥 and he loves it,鈥 says Jessica. Marisa says Gabriel loves 鈥渁vocado toast with homemade cashew cheese, chia pancakes or healthy muffins with almond butter on them鈥 for breakfast.

7. Keep the conversation going. Curious kiddos will ask questions about why some people eat meat and some people don鈥檛. When Jessica鈥檚 son asked why they don鈥檛 eat honey, Jessica explained to him, 鈥淗oney is made by bees who collect nectar from flowers to make honey for their families in hives. If we eat it, then they won鈥檛 have anything to eat.鈥 Michelle suggests keeping the discussion age appropriate and tailoring the talk as your child grows. 鈥淲hen Ruby was very small,鈥 says Michelle, 鈥淲e would simply say, 鈥榃e love animals and don鈥檛 want to hurt them. It hurts them when people eat them, so we don鈥檛 want to do that.鈥 鈥

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8. Visit a farm sanctuary together. Sanctuaries such as Gentle Barn, Farm Sanctuary and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary are great places for children to meet animals who are typically seen as livestock. During a recent trip, Jessica said her son saw a turkey and declared, 鈥淚 like turkeys. We don鈥檛 eat turkeys. We eat plants.鈥 (Photo via Farm Sanctuary)

9. Respond with logic rather than an emotional outburst. Curious omnivores might ask you tons of questions about feeding your child a vegan diet. 鈥淚 have found the key is to stay calm when people ask tons of questions. I simply take a deep breath and respond with logic and well-researched information rather than from a place of emotion,鈥 says Jessica.

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10. Don鈥檛 fret that it will take you forever to make your child鈥檚 meals. A common misconception is that vegan cooking involves expensive shopping trips to Whole Foods and hundreds of hours in the kitchen. Marisa disproves that and says, 鈥淓very parent, omnivore or vegan, who wants to feed their kids well will have to spend more time in the kitchen.鈥 Michelle agrees: 鈥淚t is incredibly important to me to make healthy, delicious food for myself and my daughter, so I make it a priority.鈥 (Photo via Herbivore Clothing)

11. Learn how to answer the inevitable question, 鈥淲hat if your child decides to eat meat some day?鈥 This is a common question that these three plant-based parents are asked by well-meaning friends and family curious about their lifestyle. Marisa handles this question by answering honestly, 鈥淗e might. He will probably decide to do all kinds of things I won鈥檛 be thrilled about like dating the wrong people or wearing ridiculous clothes. Parenthood at some point is an exercise in surrendering control.鈥

Would you consider raising your children vegan? Tell us in the comments!

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