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Eating well: Vegan Infants & Under 5s

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Eating well: Vegan Infants & Under 5sWritten by Dr Helen Crawley, First Steps Nutrition Trust (2014). A4 with spiral binding. 978-1-908924-20-9
Revised and reprinted October 2017 978-1-908924-49-0


This report provides an outline of how infants and under 5s on a vegan diet can be supported to meet their energy and nutrient recommendations, and how those who support vegan families or children in early years settings can do this effectively. 

The recipes are also suitable for children who avoid dairy products or eggs.
 
CONTENTS:
  • a summary of the key principles of eating well for vegan infants and 1-4 year olds
  • some example meals and finger foods to show how the nutritional needs of vegan infants can be met
  • example breakfasts, snacks, savoury meals and desserts for 1-4 year olds, with recipes for the dishes shown in the photos, and
  • additional useful information for anyone supporting vegan under 5s.
HOW IS IT ORGANISED:
  • The first 6 months of life offers advice on breastfeeding and explains why it is the best way of feeding vegan infants
  • Eating well for vegan infants from 6 months offers ideas for introducing foods other than breast milk (or infant formulae) to vegan infants. It gives ideas for first foods - vegetables, starchy foods, protein foods and fruits - as well as first finger foods.
  • Eating well for vegan 7-0 months old and Eating well for vegan 10-12 months old include photos of some example breakfasts, savoury meals and desserts, with recipes.
  • Eating well for vegan 1-4 year olds gives ideas for encouraging younger children to eat well, with ideas for breakfasts, snacks, savoury meals and desserts for 1-4 year olds, and recipes for the dishes shown in the photos.
  • The Additional information section contains 
  • Energy and nutrient requirements for 1-4 year olds
  • Food based guidance
  • Good sources of vitamins and minerals, and
  • a Resources section with sources of further information