Resources

Here are some helpful books, websites, and social media accounts to help you start or continue on your journey of Raising Vegan.

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Vegan Meal Planner: Baby Edition

As a vegan mom raising vegan children, I was struggling to find a meal planner that checked all the boxes. My requirements were: be able to map out a week of meals over an easy to maneuver two-page spread, log the food items my baby enjoyed, track signs of teething and decreased appetite, and have a way to quickly visualize if my baby had a well-rounded week of food. After no luck I decided to create one and the Vegan Meal Planner: Baby Edition was born. I also added weekly pages with fun memory logging prompts. There is a bonus page with a breakdown of plant-based milk options. This meal planner will work for omnivores and herbivores and whether you are using the baby-led weaning method or not.

Vegan Meal Planner

I created and designed this Vegan Meal Planner with my family in mind. We were grocery shopping more after relocating to an area that had fewer vegan dining options. My husband and I were cooking a lot at home and we needed a way to get organized. Meal planners help in several ways. It takes the stress out of creating a daily menu on the fly, it reduces over-buying or food waste, and it allows for tracking successful meals. I included a recipe page, and here is why. I was constantly searching for vegan recipes on Pinterest or blogs, or would come across a post on Instagram featuring a dish I definitely wanted to try. The screenshots weren’t working for me and I needed a way to quickly find these plant-based gems. So I included a recipe page per week. These encourage you to add some variety to the menu with a new dish without the time of finding the recipe when it comes time to cook. I also wanted to give my readers some quick references specific to veganism. The first few pages are dedicated to helpful substitutes.

Books:

How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease. by Michael Greger M.D. FACLM and Gene Stone

The authors of this book do an amazing job of gathering medical and nutritional studies, explaining the findings in layman terms, and providing the steps one can take to better their health based on the evidence explained. The book is divided into chapters based on body system or disease, so the reader can begin to target changes specific to their needs before having to read the entire book. Of course, I still recommend reading the entire book, because the second half really dives into how to make changes and which changes are most vital for your health.

The China Study: Deluxe Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health. by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II

The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, And Get Healthy. by Neal D. Barnard MD FACC and Marilu Henner

Of course if you are a fan of audio books, you can find these on Audible. I really enjoyed listening to Dr. Greger read his own book!

Websites:

NutritionFacts.org

21-day Vegan Kickstart

Apps:

21-day Kickstart (Free)

Daily Dozen (Free)

Happy Cow Find Vegan Food ($3.99)