Raising Vegan with Brittany

Brittany Theresa, @themindfulmamanola, is a vegan mama to a precious vegan baby girl. Wanting to empower other mamas, her segment “Raising Vegan”will cover everything from struggles to nutrition and even some vegan recipes for babies and kids.

Her first segment sheds some light on dealing with little to no support on your decision to raise a vegan child, how to handle it and what to do in the situation.🦋

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In a world where companies don’t disclose what’s really in our food or where it’s coming from, we quickly turn to over priced “healthy” food that is also heavily processed & loaded with additives. So, why not make something yourself with ingredients that cost you only cents by the pound/ounce & you know exactly what’s in it.

Sweet potatoes are a must have in any vegan kitchen, especially mine - they’re filling & loaded with nutrients, so these muffins are made quite often.

They’re the perfect snack & my daughter loves them!

She eats them for breakfast, in between meals or on the go & I don’t feel guilty giving her 2 or 3 at a time because they’re actually good for her.

You can make them any size, but I make them small because tiny muffins fit better in tiny hands. 

This recipe is so easy, you could even get your kids involved in the process. Cooking & baking is an act of love, so doing it together makes it even more special.

INGREDIENTS:

3 small sweet baked potatoes

1 and a 1/2 cup almond flour

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 and a 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt

2 flax seed eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

1/2 thumb of ground ginger, equivalent to a 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

1/4 teaspoon turmeric 

DIRECTIONS:

bake the sweet potatoes at 375° for about 45 minutes

peel them, add them to a large bowl, mash them & set them aside

make you flax “eggs” - take 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds, add 6 tablespoons of water & set aside 

add your dry ingredients to a separate bowl - flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, & ginger, if not using fresh

add your wet ingredients to the bowl with the mashed sweet potato - flax “eggs”, vanilla, milk, oil, maple syrup

once everything is combined well, slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients & mix until smooth

add your mix to your greased muffin pans & put them in your preheated oven at 350° for about 15-20 minutes (if using regular sized muffin pans the time will be more about 25-30 minutes) or until a toothpick comes out clean after sticking it in the center

let muffins cool completely before removing them from the pans

ENJOY!

Nutritional facts based on the recipe as a whole, not individual servings

PROTEIN: 52.8g CARBOHYDRATES: 96.3g OMEGA 3: 3.3g

OMEGA 6: 23.1g VITAMINS- A: 34623.5UI

B1: 1.1mg B2: 1.8mg B3: 10mg

B5: 3.3mg, B6: 0.9mg C: 35.8mg,

E: 42.4mg K: 8.9mg CALCIUM: 639.7mg

COPPER: 2.5mg IRON: 12.7mg MAGNESIUM: 666.2mg

MANGANESE: 9mg PHOSPHORUS: 1320mg POTASSIUM: 2551mg

SELENIUM: 33.6mg SODIUM: 105.8mg ZINC: 9.3mg


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“How to Deal With Negativity”

As a mom, the main goal in life is to do right by your kids; guiding and molding them to be happy, healthy, good human beings, but having little to no support for your vegan lifestyle can be hard. Leaving you feeling isolated, there’s a lot of room for self doubt. Is this the right thing to do? Will my child get all the proper nutrients? Am I “forcing” my beliefs onto my child? These questions race through my brain constantly and most likely yours too. Well, I’m here to put your mind at ease, or at least make that attempt.

Ethics

We are all born innocent, the “vegan gene” is in us from the very beginning. Even as adults, vegan or not, we cringe when we see an animal mistreated, but children are pure, they don’t know cruelty, they don’t understand it, so why teach it to them? Teaching kindness is always the right thing to do, it’s not forceful at all. What is forceful is the opinions thrown at us from non vegans. If others wish to feed animals to their children while loving the family pet, that’s their decision. Vegans have chose a completely route in raising their children, and not only should it be respected, it should be praised and admired, not ridiculed and frown upon. We are raising the next generation to be kind and loving in a world of cruelty and that’s something to be proud of.

Health

When it comes to nutrition, everyone thinks they’re a doctor, even some vegans, but when it comes to children, people will always throw in their two cents. How every, all that’s needed is a little bit of research and education and it’s all easy to find.

For example: my one year old daughter needs around 16 grams of protein a day and about 900 calories. Now, how do I track it? I downloaded the Chronometer app on my phone and started logging in my baby’s meals. The app breaks down all the nutrients, so I can track her intake.

This can easily be shown to those who express their concern or just simply to boost your confidence in your decision to raise your child vegan and to increase your knowledge because knowledge is indeed the greatest power. 

Being criticized and sometimes even attacked by people is frustrating, trust me, I know. It’s so easy to get angry and fight back, but in my experience, it’s get you nowhere. You simply cannot fight negativity with more negativity. The best tactic is to lead by example. If your baby is thriving, strong, full of life and growing properly, then that’s all the proof that is necessary, because, in the end, that’s the goal, no matter what a mother decides to feed their child. Right?

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