Coming up with delicious vegan lunches and snacks is challenging and time-consuming. Thankfully, there are five options every child loves.
1. Rainbow Fruit Salad
A rainbow fruit salad is a perfect addition to any day. Busy moms or dads will appreciate how quickly a basic salad can go together, and their little ones will love the pop of sweet flavors. Eating fruit salad contributes to a healthy immune system, hair, and skin. For a fun, colorful fruit dish, try the rainbow fruit salad.
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup red grapes
- 1 cup blueberries
- Three kiwis
- Two tangerines
- One mango
Fruit Salad Dressing:
- One tablespoon honey
- Three tablespoons of lime juice
- Rinse all the fruit and drain the water. Peel and cut all fruit into small pieces, removing all necessary seeds. You do not have to cut the grapes if you don't want to.
- Mix the lime juice in with the fruit. Top with honey, and serve.
2. Vegan Grazing Board
A vegan grazing board is a vegan alternative to the charcuterie board. This snack platter is ideal for your children when they play at home with their friends.
You can follow a flexible recipe to make a grazing board. You only need to include the items your child loves. For example, a grazing board may have a variety of peppers, vegetables, fruits, breadsticks, hummus, vegan pate, olive oil, etc.
3. Nut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
Several recipes for clever and over-the-top vegan nut butter and jelly sandwiches can be found. For a basic sandwich, a recipe is unnecessary, but if you're feeling creative, you can make this triple-decker sandwich for your little one.
- Eight slices of multigrain bread
- One avocado
- 1/4 cup creamy nut butter
- 1/4 cup raspberry jam
- 12 fresh raspberries
- One tablespoon plus one teaspoon of agave syrup
- Two teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
- Using a blender, combine the lemon juice, agave syrup, and avocado (sliced and peeled). Blend until you have a smooth consistency.
- In a small bowl, crush the fresh raspberries.
- Spread out six slices of bread. Two pieces will receive the avocado mixture. Two slices receive the nut butter. Two slices are topped with crushed raspberries.
- Stack the slices in two piles and top with the remaining pieces of bread. Serve immediately.
4. Crispy Cauliflower Bites
You can find many recipes for crispy cauliflower bites online. One of the best recipes is from Wow; It's Veggie?!
- 1 Medium Cauliflower
- 1.5 cups panko breadcrumbs
- 1 cup flour, plus three tbs
- 1 cup milk, non-dairy
- Two teaspoons of dried oregano
- Two teaspoons paprika
- One teaspoon turmeric
- One teaspoon pepper
- One teaspoon salt
- Oil for brushing
- Preheat the oven to 400° F. Destem the cauliflower and cut it into bite-sized pieces.
- Using a medium bowl, combine 1 cup of flour, non-dairy milk, and half of each of the spices. Mix to a pancake batter consistency.
- Pour the breadcrumbs, remaining flour, and spices using a large plate. Mix with a fork.
- Put the cauliflower into a large bowl and pour the wet mixture over it. Toss the mixture to coat the florets.
- Remove the florets from the wet mixture and cover them in the breadcrumb mixture. Place each floret onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes, and then flip the cauliflower. Return the cauliflower to the oven for another 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
5. Smoothie Bowl
Like the grazing board, smoothie bowls are simple and customizable. You can use any fruit you want, fresh or frozen. Combine the fruit in a blender with dairy-free milk and nut butter and blend until smooth. You can top the bowl with nuts, dried fruit, or granola.Make meals simple. If you're worried about your little one's nutrition, consider adding a dietary supplement to their routine, such as Wellements Organic Multivitamin Gummy.