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  • Choose The Best Vegan Baby Food For Your Babies And Toddlers

    Choose The Best Vegan Baby Food For Your Babies And Toddlers

    For vegan parents, the idea of raising your child non-vegan can be pretty strange. Understandable, really. You wouldn’t put animal products into your body, why would you want to put them into your baby’s?

    Fortunately, there’s an ever-expanding range of high-quality vegan baby foods on the market to put your mind at ease. You heard right! Let’s explore the best vegan baby food for you and your child.

    Vegan baby formula

    You or your partner may have breastfed your baby with no major issues. Or perhaps, like many parents, you looked to baby formula for some support. 

    Frustratingly, there is a serious lack of 100% vegan-friendly baby formula out there today. The toddler age range seems to be covered, but the entirely plant-based baby formula is hard to come by. That’s why we’ve created this summary of the best vegan baby foods, suitable for even the youngest babies.

    Why are dairy-free baby formulas often not vegan?

    Lots of dairy-free baby formulas out there contain Vitamin D3. This can be made from either lichen (a vegan-friendly source) or from sheep’s wool, which is an animal product. 

    If the dairy-free baby formula you’ve got your eye on states that it’s 100% plant-based on the label, you should be fine. 

    What do vegan babies need from their food?

    • Protein: in the form of pulses, nuts and soy.
    • Fats: preferably healthy fats such as avocado and olive oil.
    • Vitamin B12: a micronutrient found in animal products, it can also be found in soy products and some cereals. 
    • Iodine: usually found in eggs, dairy products, and fish. Although it can be found in grains, it’s best to speak to your doctor about possible iodine supplements for your baby to avoid them developing a deficiency.
    • Try to go organic where you can - whole foods are the healthiest option for babies. 

    Some of the best vegan baby food out there today

    So, let’s take stock and check out some of the amazing options there are available for your vegan baby.

    1. Pumpkin Tree Organics Organic Fruit Purees with Oat Seeds

    Pumpkin Tree Organics - Organic Fruit Purees with Oat Fiber & Seeds

    Unbelievably convenient, delicious, and jam-packed with nutrients for your baby. This handy little pouch is a definite favorite among the parents here at PlantX. 

    Coming in a wonderful variety of flavors, these squeezy pouches of joy are super fibrous and bolstered by chia, flaxseed, and oats. Excellent for the health of your child!

    Being proudly 100% organic, you know you are giving your child the best with Pumpkin Tree Organics.

    2. Serenity Kids’ Veggie Pouches

    Serenity Kids - Veggies Pouches, 3.5oz

    Similar to Pumpkin Tree Organics, the guys at Serenity Kids have done parents a huge favor by making great vegan baby food unbelievably convenient and easy.

    Packed into these humble pouches are plenty of organic vegetables such as spinach, sweet potato, squash, and many more. 

    Serenity Kids have been on a mission to create vegan baby food recipes which mimic breastmilk in terms of the nutrients and vitamins included. 

    Also, healthy fats like olive oil and avocado are added to encourage cognitive development and nutrient absorption.

    3. Happy Baby’s Organic Broccoli and Carrots

    Happy Baby - Organic Squash, Chickpeas & Spinach, 4oz

    Happy Baby has an impressive range of vegan baby food pouches, too. One of the best is this broccoli and carrots option. 

    Particularly excellent at interesting flavor combinations, other Happy Baby vegan baby food triumphs include their Organic Purple Carrots and Cauliflower, and Organic Squash, Chickpeas and Spinach. Your baby is going to have a seriously mature palette, and will grow just as strong as pop-eye!

    100% organic and full of healthy fats, such as extra virgin olive oil, this delicious food pouch is a welcome burst of nutrients and minerals for your developing baby.

    4. Else Nutrition’s Complete Nutrition for Toddlers

    Else Nutrition - Complete Nutrition for Toddlers, 22oz

    A beacon of hope to vegan parents, Else Nutrition has come up with a fantastic 100% plant-based formula for toddlers that has been endorsed by pediatric dietary experts and nutritionists.

    Thank goodness for that!

    Almonds, buckwheat, and tapioca constitute the three key ingredients of this pioneering plant-based formula. These whole plant foods are amazing sources of fiber, protein, healthy fats, and iron. What more could your baby want?

    Vegan snacks for toddlers

    1. Smart Sweets Peach Rings

    Smart Sweets - Peach Rings

    Smart Sweets Peach Rings are perfect for using as bargaining power against your toddlers. Delicious, peachy, and juicy, you’ll struggle not to snaffle them all yourself instead of feeding them to your kids.

    They may taste just like sweets, but these peach rings are also a great healthy vegan food - they contain plenty of fiber to keep your child’s digestive system ticking along.

    2. Happy Baby’s Tomato and Basic Organic Snackers

    Happy Baby - Tomato & Basil Organic Snackers, 1.5oz

    Yummy and made from ancient grains, this handy snack is great for tiding kids over between meal times. 

    These cheeky snacks are organic and gluten-free, meaning they are easy on the tummy and suitable for your child if they have a gluten intolerance. 

    3. Bear Yoyo’s Strawberry and Mango Fruit Rolls

    Bear Yoyo - Strawberry and Mango Fruit Rolls, 35oz

    A die-hard favorite with PlantX parents, Bear Yoyo strawberry and mango fruit rolls are great for chucking in the bag quickly for a picnic or as an emergency snack when you’re out running errands with the kids. 

    With no added sugar and 100% natural ingredients, you get all the benefits of a snack hit whilst in the knowledge your children are eating something nutritious, healthy, and plant-based!

    Here’s to happy healthy vegan babies!

    Whatever other parents may say, it is most certainly possible to feed your babies good quality, healthy, wholesome vegan baby food. 

    Although 100% vegan breastmilk alternatives are thin on the ground, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to high-caliber vegan baby food suitable for babies aged 1 and over. 

    With Else Nutrition coming through on the vegan formula and the likes of Happy Baby and Pumpkin Tree Organics leading the charge on the pureed pouches, you can rest easy knowing your baby will have all the nutrients they need from vegan baby food. 

  • Season 2 – Episode 15

    Season 2 – Episode 15

    Sean speaks with CEO and Co-Founder of Dream Pops, David Greenfeld about Dream Pops, how it began, the challenges that were overcome, the plant-based industry, and so much more!

  • Season 2 – Episode 14

    Season 2 – Episode 14

    Sean speaks with President of Joyva, Richard Radutzky about how the company was founded, what it’s like being in a highly-specialized business, the plant-based industry in general, and so much more!

  • Season 2 – Episode 13

    Season 2 – Episode 13

    Sean speaks with Carli Blum & Chelsea Fisher of Sunscoop about her journey into the vegan ice cream business, scaling a specialized company, the plant-based industry, and so much more!

  • Season 2 – Episode 12

    Season 2 – Episode 12

    Sean speaks with Olympic skier, certified holistic nutritionist, and vegan chef, Julia Murray about her career as an olympian, her plant-based experience as a nutritionist and chef, the plant-based communities in Squamish and Whistler, BC, and so much more!

  • Season 2 – Episode 11

    Season 2 – Episode 11

    Sean speaks with the current starting QB for the Chicago Bears, Justin Fields about Justin’s journey into plant-based eating, how his diet affects his performance, the plant-based industry in general, and so much more!

  • Season 2 – Episode 10

    Season 2 – Episode 10

    Sean speaks with CEO and Founder of Plant&Co, Shawn Moniz, and Chairman of the Board, Alex Rechichi, about how Plant&Co got started, what they have learned in the plant-based industry, and so much more!

  • Season 2 – Episode 9

    Season 2 – Episode 9

    In this episode, Sean speaks with the newly appointed executive chairman of the board of directors at PlantX, Fred Leigh, about Fred’s experience in the capital markets, the potential that Fred sees in PlantX moving forward, what it takes to properly scale a business up in size, and so much more!

  • Season 2 – Episode 8

    Season 2 – Episode 8

    Sean speaks with Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes, and current pastry chef at Pizzana in Hollywood about the plant-based movement, whether it’s actually difficult to make plant-based pastries, and trends for the future.

  • Season 2 – Episode 7

    Season 2 – Episode 7

    Sean speaks with Devon Lévesque, co-founder of Promix nutrition about vegan protein powder and supplements, how he succeeded in bear crawling a marathon and what he did to prepare for it, and the advice he has for others looking to accomplish great things!

  • Season 2 – Episode 6

    Season 2 – Episode 6

    Sean speaks with Actor and co-founder of Little West, Andrew Walker about juice in Hollywood, how the company began, why there’s synergy between Little West and PlantX, and so much more!

  • Season 2 – Episode 5

    Season 2 – Episode 5

    Sean speaks with Tennis World Champion and PlantX ambassador, Venus Williams all about the benefits of a plant-based diet and how it’s helped her improve her health and her sport.

  • Season 2 – Episode 4

    Season 2 – Episode 4

    Sean speaks with David Schneiderman, Co-Founder of Two Bears, all about his journey into the business of selling oat milk lattés, coffee, and oat milk.

  • Season 2 – Episode 3

    Season 2 – Episode 3

    Sean speaks with Kellie Davenport of Serendipity Wines, all about vegan wine - what makes wine vegan, how it’s produced, and whether the flavour is any different, amongst other things.

  • Season 2 – Episode 2

    Season 2 – Episode 2

    Sean speaks with big mountain skier and PlantX ambassador, Nick McNutt, about his experience surviving an avalanche, how plant-based eating has helped his performance, and about what got him into extreme sports.

  • Season 2 – Episode 1

    Season 2 – Episode 1

    Sean talks with professional mountain biker, Rémy Métailler, about what drove him to switch to a plant-based diet, how it has affected his focus when performing, what it means to be a PlantX ambassador, and more.

  • Episode 30

    Episode 30

    Sean talks marketing strategy with marketing titan, Melissa Cameron about trends, advantages and drawbacks in the plant-based industry.

  • Episode 29

    Episode 29

    Sean talks with the CEO of Purely Canada Foods, Tyler West about how Purely Canada Foods started, what they do, and growth in the meat alternative market.

  • Episode 28

    Episode 28

    Sean talks with PlantX Director of Greenhouse Operations, Kay Stratichuk about how she selects plants for PlantX.com, and the care that goes into packing and shipping each plant.

  • Episode 27

    Episode 27

    Sean Dollinger and Charlotte McKinney discuss her plant-based lifestyle and her involvement with PlantX.

  • Episode 26

    Episode 26

    Why content is king with Head of Copywriting and Content at PlantX, and the host of Taste This!, Adam Kruger.

  • Episode 25

    Episode 25

    Sean talks with the co-founder and owner of Little West, Cassandra Troy about sustainability, community, the importance of high-quality products, and how the new partnership benefits both companies moving forward.

  • Episode 24

    Episode 24

    Sean talks with celebrity chef and new PlantX Chief Culinary Officer, Matthew Kenney.

  • Episode 23

    Episode 23

    Sean talks about recent record breaking sales numbers and the growth of the plant-based industry with PlantX CFO, Lorne Rapkin.

  • Episode 22

    Episode 22

    Sean talks about shipping PlantX products between the US and Canada with FedEx Worldwide account manager, Mark Gause.

  • Episode 21

    Episode 21

    Meet the founder of Colder Fresher Longer, and learn more about sustainable packaging and its impact on the environment.

  • Episode 20

    Episode 20

    Sean Dollinger discusses the new PlantX RESET Program with creator and celebrity chef, Anne Thornton

  • Episode 19

    Episode 19

    Sean talks with Diego about the collaboration between PlantX and Farm Cup Coffee in Los Angeles.

  • Episode 18

    Episode 18

    Meet the newly appointed chairman of the PlantX advisory board, Jose Abbo. Learn about his experience in the financial markets sector, and his relationship to the plant-based community.

  • Episode 17

    Episode 17

    Sean Dollinger talks with Jack Taylor PR's Founder, Jon Bier, and Vice President, Heather Morris about their relationship with PlantX and the health and wellness industry as a whole.

  • Episode 16

    Episode 16

    Sean Dollinger talks with Drew Munro, the Co-Founder and CEO of UpMeals.

  • Episode 15

    Episode 15

    Sean Dollinger talks with Mikki Bernier of Nootka & Sea, a plant-based cosmetic and personal care company out of BC.

  • Episode 14

    Episode 14

    Sean Dollinger talks with the CEO of ELSE Nutrition (TSXV:BABY) about the company's future product lines and their partnership with PlantX.

  • Episode 13

    Episode 13

    Sean Dollinger talks with PlantX CEO, Julia Frank, about some of the best moments of 2020, and the company's plans for the new year.

  • Episode 12

    Episode 12

    PlantX founder, Sean Dollinger, talks with Mili Ben David and Michael Blicher about the company's expansion into Israel

  • Episode 11

    Episode 11

    Watch this vodcast to hear Future Money Trends President, Daniel Ameduri, share his thoughts on the plant-based space.

  • Episode 10

    Episode 10

    PlantX founder, Sean Dollinger, talks to PlantX medical advisory board members, Dr. Thomas Burdon & Dr. Eva Weinlander.

  • Episode 9

    Episode 9

    PlantX founder, Sean Dollinger, talks with Jonathan Diener, the Chief Creative Officer at Rootless Coffee Co.

  • Episode 8

    Episode 8

    Dollinger talks with the co-owner and the general manager of the Locavore Bar & Grill, Cory Balano & Grace Dwight

  • Episode 7

    Episode 7

    PlantX founder Sean Dollinger talks with Andy Burde from House Plants Shop.

  • Episode 6

    Episode 6

    PlantX founder Sean Dollinger talks with Nick from Mid Day Squares.

  • Episode 5

    Episode 5

    PlantX founder Sean Dollinger talks with Andrew and Rob from Les Marchés Tau in Montreal.

  • Episode 4

    Episode 4

    PlantX founder Sean Dollinger talks with Scott Kurz from IRIS Construction Management

  • Episode 3

    Episode 3

    PlantX founder Sean Dollinger talks with Bloombox Club Founders Dr. Katie Cooper and John Gilbert.

  • Episode 2

    Episode 2

    PlantX founder Sean Dollinger talks with PlantX Sales Ambassador Percy Wiredu.

  • Episode 1

    Episode 1

    PlantX founder Sean Dollinger talks with PlantX CEO Julia Frank.

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