My 4-year-old, has been invited to a party tomorrow, it’s probably her second birthday party since living in France. The first thing I thought about was I would need to prepare some healthier snacks for her to eat. After all it’s not others responsibility to feed your child the right things when you’re not around, and you still need to make sure that your children eat the healthier options.
In France, where we live, Plant-based Lifestyle is somewhat unheard of, we haven’t met another vegan family as of yet
The French diet for children is somewhat high in cheese and chocolate treats as well as meat, it’s rare that I see children here, take a fruit for their 4 pm snack time, after school. So you can imagine, what challenges of healthy option choices at a child’s party.
It’s imperative and before you leave the house but you know it your child with a full meal. In an average case of attending a party, we tend to wait till we arrive before we dig into the party buffet. Instead of arriving to a party famished, it’s great for the kids to already be satisfied and then look forward to the treats you provide
PREPARE ABUNDANCE OF FOOD TO SHARE
It’s so important to prepare your children with snacks for the party there are so many choices on a plant-based diet that you can never go wrong! Kids naturally gravitate towards colourful foods such as fruits smoothies dried fruit, vegan cupcakes bread sticks and Vegan Dips. Be ready to share all these yummy foods with their little friends as well, it’s too irresistible for the other kids not to be tempted
TRUST YOUR CHILD TO MAKE A HEALTHY CHOICE
You have educated your child enough in regards to the reason why we don’t eat meat, they understand, now it’s time to put all your hard work to the test. In some cases, parents leave their children at parties and the get picked up when it’s over, so you have limited say when you’re gone. During the time you aren’t there, do you think your child will make the healthy choice? Better still, do you think they will get tempted by a grown up that offers them non vegan food. Try not to fret, the Parents at the party , you’ve already equipped your child with every snack that can fit into their vegan stash box, so just relax!
REASSURE THEM THEY ARE NOT MISSING OUT
We’ve taught our children to be compassionate individuals that is the main basis of eating a plant based diet. it will be hard for them to feel like they’re missing out because they naturally gravitate towards the Protection of Animals and to know that each cupcake made with milk and eggs doesn’t support the reason for this lifestyle. Our kids know that there’s an alternative to each and every day that are the children are able to read and this is why you can take advantage of this by filling up their snack boxes with the best plant based foods as possible.
BE FLEXIBLE TO VEGETARIAN OPTIONS
If there is a situation that none of the above options you’ve mastered, i would say be flexible with the kids. Some People are aware of the vegetarian and vegan differences people can be very compassionate and try to cater, by offering vegetarian options only. If that’s the case I wouldn’t decline and I would accept only very few occasions that you don’t have your own pre prepared when you didn’t eat beforehand always be grateful so for example it will be difficult to eat a full pizza with melted real cheese but if you were offered letters with cream sauce it won’t be too bad
Continuing to educate our children about the right foods will help us trust our kids to maintain their lifestyle when you’re not around.
I messaged the Mother of the birthday girl, to let her know what my daughter doesn’t eat; which includes cow’s milk, egg, cheese and milk chocolate and most importantly no meat, and that I’d prepare something primarily for my daughter, that she can also share with the other kids, if she wished.
The Mother was kind enough to reassure me , she said she was able to cater for my daughter. She replied stating ‘ Its OK, but if you want to bring something, that’s fine too’ I didn’t want to explain by text that if my child had sweets and soda mixed together, she would bounce off your walls!! and probably come home and throw up, as she rarely has Sweets or Soda. I would not blame the mother either but it’s great that people can be understanding.
My children are used to snacking on fruits and vegetables throughout the day, from the moment they could eat at 6 months, that has never changed.
Kids will be kids, they naturally want to eat what their friends are eating, unless they have the knowledge of what’s good and bad nutrition and that starts with us.
Let’s educate our children (the way that they understand) to eat the right way, it’s easy and exciting and oh so delicious!