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Book Review: The CIG to Vegan Eating for Kids

Updated on July 18, 2011

Are you a vegan who wants to learn more about the best way to approach the vegan lifestyle for the entire family?

If you've chosen to be a vegan, regardless of your reasons, it only stands to reason that you'll want to raise your children to follow the same type of eating plan.

Of course, there's a good chance that you'll find yourself having to deal with negative comments and attitudes from people in your life who don't understand veganism and who'll try to make you feel like you're hurting your children rather than helping them.

The naysayers will likely try to make you feel like your decision could deprive your children of the nutrition they need to grow into healthy adults.

That's where The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Eating for Kids comes in. With this book, you can learn everything you need to know about veganism and children.

About the Book: The CIG to Vegan Eating for Kids

Written by Dana Villamagna and Andrew Villamagna, M.D., a husband and wife who are vegans and who are raising three vegan children, The CIG to Vegan Eating for Kids is a practical guide for parents who want to learn more about veganism and children.

Part 1: The Basics of Raising a Vegan Child

The first part of the book focuses on details about what's involved in raising a vegan child. It contains a wealth of information about the health benefits of vegan eating for children as well as tips for dealing with the unique challenges of maintaining a vegan lifestyle when dining outside of the home, as well as suggestions for helping children learn how to handle questions from adults about their way of eating.

Part 2: Nutritional Needs of Vegan Kids

The second part of The CIG to Vegan Eating for Kids focuses on providing parents with the information that they need to know about making certain that all of the nutritional needs of their children are met. This part of the book is divided into age groups, providing information specific to babies, toddlers, young children (4 – 8 years), and tweens (9 – 13 years).

Part 3: Stocking the Vegan Kitchen

The third part of the book provides information about the best way for vegans to approach stocking the pantry and refrigerator when there are children and adults following in the household. You'll learn information about what items to keep on hand, how to keep grocery expenses within your family's food budget, and suggestions for involving your child in meal preparation.

Part 4: Let's Eat

The fourth –and final -- part of the book features a number of tasty vegan recipes that youngsters and adults alike are sure to enjoy. Examples of the easy-to-prepare recipes featured in this book include After-School Smoothie Snack, Banana Cake, Easy Vegan Guacamole, and many others.

Additional Features

The The CIG to Vegan Eating for Kids also features a glossary of terminology specific to vegan living as well as suggestions for additional resources that parents who are raising vegan children may find to be helpful and informative.


Thanks to the Penguin Group for providing me with the opportunity to review this book. ~MW


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