Basic Nutrition for
A recap of the recent Plant-Based Juniors launch party in Washington, D.C. and some fast facts on basic nutrition for plant-based children.
Last month, I headed to Washington, D.C. for the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), a three-day gathering of dietitians, physicians, nutrition science researchers, policy makers, and industry leaders to share and discuss the latest research on nutrition.
As always, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the cutting edge research going on in my field and interacting with other passionate nutrition nerds.
This year was extra special, however, as my Plant-Based Juniors partner Alex and I threw a luncheon to celebrate the launch of our new company.
We had a great turnout and were so excited to share our love of plant-based nutrition for babes with our fellow dietitians while chowing down on a bunch of tasty grub.
The luncheon included a fully stocked Avocado & Hummus Toast Bar courtesy HOPE Foods and a make-your-own Vegan Yogurt Parfait Station with frozen raspberries.
Guests also walked away with “PBJ” goodie bags full of Suja Juice, HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Superfood Powder, Made in Nature Organic Dried Mango, and free memberships to my favorite meditation app, Stop, Breathe & Think.
While everyone enjoyed their delicious creations, Alex and I gave a quick overview of the “need-to-know” facts of plant-based nutrition for kids.
Because I know many of you are parents looking to raise happy, healthy predominantly plant-based eaters, I figured I’d share some of the bullet points with you today!
BASIC NUTRITION FOR PLANT-BASED CHILDREN
- Balance plate with the “PB3” at every meal
- Fruits + Vegetables
- Nuts, Seeds + Legumes
- Grains + Starches
- Focus on fat
- Fat should make up about 30-40% of children’s diet
- Pair iron-rich foods with vitamin C to maximize absorption
- Supplement when needed
- Vitamin D
Looking for more information and resources on raising plant-based babes? Scoop up our ebook, First Bites: The Definitive Guide to Baby-Led Weaning for Plant-Based Babies.
Weigh in: Did you know these important facts about nutrition for plant-based children?