Raising a vegetarian toddler is easy and rewarding!

My baby is HEALTHY and HAPPY and I want to share some great Vegan and Vegetarian dishes that I serve!

Monday, October 29, 2012


One of our favorite go to spots in Charleston is the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry.  Baby J loves exploring, playing in the toddler room and seeing all the children.  It is a place where she will grow into and learn through play.

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Eating out with your Veggie Tot

Eating out with a vegetarian can be challenging, especially when they only have 3 teeth!

But luckily Charleston, SC rocks and we have restaurants that cater to veggies and vegans.  One in particular is Puree' Organic Cafe.  Baby J ate here when she was still eating puree's and now has had her first finger food meal here!  All their food is organic and vegetarian with many vegan options and GOURMET!

Baby J chowed down on the vegan chikn strips which were gourmet breaded and tasted delicious.  They were soft enough that she could tear through them with her 3 teeth.  Our tot doesn't like food in bite sizes, so she ripped through them on her own.  It came with homemade honey mustard, which she didn't care for yet, even though it was delicious!  She also had chips.  But after eating her nuggets and smoothie, she didn't need the chips!

She washed it all down with an organic fruit smoothie! 

Eating out with a veggie tot doesn't have to be challenging.  Not everyone will have an organic cafe' to pop into, so just order your tot what you eat.  Be creative, look at sides and mix and match.  If you are in Charleston, Puree' is a must!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Babies like smoothies too!

Who doesn't like a refreshing smoothie after a hard day of learning to walk?

Baby J loves smoothies and if you ever have one near her, you might as well hand it over!

A smoothie is an easy way to pack in a lot of nutrients for a powerful snack.

In this smoothie, I add organic fruit, spinach, chia seeds and rice milk. 

As a veggie baby, I micro manage her iron, protien and omegas! So with the spinach, chia seeds and rice milk, I can rest easy. 

Here are some trusty ingredients.  Then you add whatever you like.  Just watch how much fruit is added.  Don't want to over load the sugar! I added passion fruit yesterday to her smoothie.  If you have never had a passion fruit, then you need to RUN, not walk, to Whole Foods and get one!

Into the baby bullet......

And into the sippy for optimal drinking by a 10 month old!

Tips for fruit:
** I like to buy organic in-season fruit and cut it up into finger food size and freeze.  That way every morning I have fruit for her to eat with breakfast and to throw into smoothies.  If you can catch it on sale, stock up and freeze!!!

Tofutti Cutie

Baby J LOVES her tofu!  It's packed with protein and can be made to taste any way you like.

I buy the firm or extra firm sprouted ORGANIC tofu from Trader Joe's.  I like this because it's split into two packets, so you get more use out of one pack of tofu.  Little kids don't eat that much!

Next I drain, rinse and cut the tofu into little bite size cubes.  Perfect finger food size.  Then I saute them in sauces.  Baby J's favorite is teriyaki sauce!  yum!!

This dish was pair with steamed asparagus and fruit for desert.  I like to serve fruit to add that Vitamin C to help with the iron absorption.  The asparagus, I diced up to finger food size.  I choose to steam my vegetables, because that is how you keep in the most of the nutrients!
And Viola!  She has a healthy, nutritious and yummy dinner.