How to Raise a Vegan Family

Veganism is a type of vegetarianism that involves eating plant-based foods and no animal products. In addition to abstaining from meat, vegans do not eat dairy products or eggs or honey as they think it is cruel to confine, exploit, and ultimately kill animals in order to take these things from them. In addition, as much as possible vegans do not wear leather, wool, or silk or use cosmetics or other products containing animal-derived ingredients for similar reasons. Veganism may involve following the philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient beings.

If you are an ethical vegan already, or have heard about the health or ecological benefits of a plant-based diet, you might be interested in raising your family with this set of ethics in-mind. This guide will help you do that.


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    Get married, if you already aren't or find a long-term partner. Talk to your partner about veganism in the family you will raise together. If they are already vegan, they will be very receptive! If they are not vegan, the discussion may take some time and be ongoing.
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    Have children with your partner. After you have a child (or children), eat plenty of wholefoods such as vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds, beans, lentils, and soy products, and supplement with plant-based oils and B-12 as necessary. (Remember that human breastmilk is vegan and essential to a growing infant during the first 1 or 2 years at least.) They will grow to love these healthy dishes and will love their healthy vegan lifestyle later on. Once your child(ren) are around 5 or 6, talk to them more about why you are only eating plant-based foods. Tell them that you are doing good for Earth's animals, because, before consumption, they are killed in slaughterhouses, and the meat products and byproducts are packed up and put in trucks, and the drivers take them to the grocery store, where they will be bought, cooked, and eaten. Discuss animal cruelty briefly, and how animals feel pain just like we do, and that is why you are a vegan family.
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    Buy vegan foods. Just a few healthy and earth-friendly choices are: lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, apples, watermelon, nuts, cabbage, eggplant, blueberries, pears, coconuts, bananas, potatoes, jalapeƱo peppers, habenero peppers, snow peas, pea pods, and packaged salads. Many more options are available at you local grocery store! All of these benefit your health. Remember children need more fat in their diet, so include plenty of coconuts, avocado, tofu, nuts and seeds. Refer to guides written about raising vegan children written by vegan dieticians for the best, more informed advice.
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    Study veganism online. Veganism is lifestyle that includes foods and other products - such as clothing and cosmetics - that are from plants or have been made from plant-based or synthetic materials. The foods you eat are good for you because you aren't eating a lot of saturated fats, cholesterol, hormones, contaminants like antibiotics in animal feed, and refined oils. Some drinks have animal products, like dairy milk from cows and goats. You cannot drink animal milk or cheese on your vegan diet, but there are plenty of similar products available made from soy, nuts, seeds, and other plants. You can find these online stores or in organic specialty stores and some major chain stores.
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    Vegan-raised children often learn to enjoy vegetables that other children will avoid. Some of these are broccoli, asparagus, artichoke, spinach, Brussels sprouts, garlic, celery, and onions. Experiment with different ways of preparation to make these more palatable. Invest in a few vegan cookbooks specializing in recipes for children or look them up online. There are quite a lot of vegan parenting blogs that include recipes.
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    Raise your family this way! You can then help your children live to be healthy! Congratulations!


  • Some of the aforementioned foods aren't good for you unless they are properly cooked. Eggplant and potatoes, for example. They don't taste good unless they are properly and thoroughly cooked. You can get healthy vegan recipes at many food websites, you can also add interesting and healthy recipes there.
  • Think very seriously about this lifestyle. If your partner says no to this idea, don't force your partner into this. You can't force anybody to do anything.
  • Talk about the health benefits the diet will provide your children and provide evidence. There are plenty of books and websites and lectures by vegan doctors and dieticians that support your position. Get familiar with the science of plant-based nutrition.
  • You can teach this lifestyle to other children and families who are interested if you keep yourself well-informed. Don't expect other people to accept it or change overnight. Be friendly and positive, not critical. You want to make friends, not enemies!


  • Meats, cheeses, and other animal products are unacceptable in a strict vegetarian / vegan diet, however veganism includes other consumption habits: vegans do not wear leather, wool, or silk, and use bathroom products free of animal-derived ingredients as well. Do your research! There are lots of vegan communities and websites to help you with this.

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