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Hi all! I am newish to this board, and have just (a few months ago) switched from a mostly vegetarian diet to going full on vegan, and I feel like I can actually say that I am at least a total vegetarian, if not a vegan (whew! big gulp of air!)<br>
ANYWAY, my questions are this:<br>
1) What snacks do you all feed your kids? Now that we've kicked the dairy, our snacks are getting a little, well, hummusy. And we love hummus, but we are tired of it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
2) What do you all do about 'attitude' from extended family? We have dinner with extended family at least once a week....and while I was eating dairy they were at least slightly forgiving, now they act as though I am personally snubbing them b/c I won't eat their steak, or lasagne with cheese, or whatever. I just don't know how to deal with this!<br><br>
Thanks for any/all help<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
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I totally get where you're coming from.<br><br>
For dippable snacks, try making dill dip, onion dip, and 'cream cheese' dips using Tofutti, silken tofu, and vegan onion soup mix. You can make or buy graham crackers made w/flax, make muffins with veggies in them (zucchini, carrot, etc.) and home made juice pops. You can also make a snack plate with ww spaghetti w/peanut sauce, or sunbutter, or whatever you use regularly, veggies, fruits, etc. and let them graze.<br><br>
There are some good quips for what to tell people who are adamant that you are doing this to make thir lives harder, but basically I try to just nod and unhuh to most people. They often just need to get the feelings out, of making a choice that is somehow not as good as your choice. There is a feeling of inadequacy, as you mentioned, that people get - letting them know you don't disapprove (w/out actually saying this, because in my experience, that doesn't work) is important to them, somehow...good luck!!!
 

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Thanks for the ideas<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/neg.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="negative"> love the idea of a plate to 'graze' off of....my girls will definitely go for that!<br><br>
and thanks for the thoughts on the family issue. It is just so frustrating to me, because it makes me feel terrible...like I am hurting <i>them</i> just b/c I won't eat their food<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I don't want them to feel bad, but I can't eat the food they place in front of me. And then they (ok, my mom) makes this huge deal about how she can't cook for me b/c she 'doesn't know what I eat'....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> And then I say fine, I'll bring my own food, and she gets even more irritated....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Tofu is scary stuff. As a vegan I make sure to avoid it...the studies coming out show that we're already getting way too much of it (even non-vegans) and it's too high in estrogens for kids to handle.<br>
How about beans for protein? Nuts/seeds?<br>
I LOVE those orange crackers that are like goldfish but are vegan made out of nutritional yeast. I wish I Knew what they were called. Eco something?
 

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For the kids' snacks they love fruit, of course. They can go through cups and cups of berries like nobody's business. Avocados are also a big hit. They also like dipping stuff in peanut butter, like crackers or apple slices. They're also big on baby carrots.<br><br>
As far as family attitudes--that's always tough. I'm lucky in that my family has always been really accepting. I tend to be of the mindset that you just have to live the way you feel is right, be as kind and understanding of others' feelings as possible, and beyond that you can't control their reaction. Just tell them, this is the way it is now, it isn't a reflection on you. You can even tell them, if they want to make something vegan you'll be happy to help with recipes, or if they would rather you brought something, that's fine too. Again, you can only control your own actions. If people are going to get defensive and freak out about it, there's not a whole lot you can do to stop them. Good luck!
 

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My 2 year old ds is on a real smoothie kick for snack time...usually whatever fruit he didn't finish at breakfast blended with a half a frozen banana, flax seeds and almond milk..LOVES IT...you could also freeze something like that into popsicle molds...a "creamy" treat.<br>
he also loves these "fruit-to-go" bars?..think thats what they are called, no gelatin and pretty healthy, if you had a dehydrater that would work as well<br>
Baba ganoush is a big dip around here,but my dh always makes his with beans blended in to add some protein, we have them with really grainey crackers. You can also blend beans(white beans or chickpeas with other seasonings to make dips(instead of cream cheese)...maybe a little thick so just add some veg stock.<br>
We try and limit soy but when he does eat it, he has soy yougurt with granola and berries...and VERY occasionally he has soy pudding(thats usually if we'll be at a kids bday party).<br>
We're also big on sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, apple slices, bananas, peanut butter on crackers, carrot sticks(well was no wont touch a carrot!)<br><br>
My dhs parents have a really hard time with our choices..which is weird cause dh had been a veg for 7 years(wasnt when we met but now is again), and hes got atleast 5 cousins who are veg as well...his dad continues to feed ds dairy behind our back and when we went to a chinese buffet my mil fed ds JELLO!!! right in front of me! RED JELLO! couldnt believe it..I yell out thats meat!..no it isnt its jello...UM YEAH IT IS..gelaten! and red die to boot...errr family
 

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ooo! thanks for this thread. we are also in transition with me going vegan and DH and the kids going veggie (they're not ready to give up their yogurt, cheese and eggs completely yet, but i'm working on them!)<br><br>
the snack ideas were just what i was looking for. i feel the same way about the soy issue that a PP mentioned so the non-soy suggestions are much appreciated!
 

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Can anyone point me in the direction of where to buy popsicle molds? I've never seen them in the stores that I usually shop at.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Can anyone point me in the direction of where to buy popsicle molds? I've never seen them in the stores that I usually shop at.<br><br>
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Now might be a hard time to get them(off season) but I jsut got our last set at the grocery store(they were crap though)...i think any chain store would have them at the right season...if not you could use ice trays with a smaller stick, but with toddlers it maybe hard to watch them with such a small popsiclce
 

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Guess What? Found some great popsicle makers! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
I did a GoodSearch for Popsicle molds which let me to several retailers and I also found a lot on Amazon.<br><br><br>
Just an FYI, GoodSearch is like Google, but you raise money for the charity of your choice by searching through GoodSearch. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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Check out my blog for vegan snack ideas.<br>
And as for tofu or soy in general, moderation is good, but I have seen no evidence to avoid it entirely.<br>
As for the family dinners, good luck. I have no idea how I'd handle it except to avoid the dinners or bring my own food to share.
 

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Both of my girls go crazy for frozen peas or corn as snacks. Straight out of the freezer and into a cup--they act like it's candy or something. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut">
 
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