Why Plant-Powered Babies Are The Healthiest

Why Plant-Powered Babies Are The Healthiest

Why Plant-Powered Babies Are The Healthiest

Plant-based diets are growing in popularity and after trying a whole foods plant-based diet ourselves for 30 days, I can understand why! The best part about adopting healthier eating habits as parents is that Hudson seemed to catch onto the trend as well and now we have a toddler who LOVES his fruits and veggies!

Since partaking in the Thirty Day Vegan Challenge, we have taken a lot of what we learned and continue to apply it to every day life! We stay away from dairy products and keep our meat consumption to a minimum! We gained a new appreciation for whole and unprocessed foods and their ability to provide our bodies with everything they need without the toxins, bad cholesterol and unnecessary additives that come with the traditional American diet.

Two months ago I couldn’t get Hudson to eat a piece of spinach unless I hid it in his spaghetti, but now fresh vegetables, fruits & whole grains are his main source of power. By eating a primarily plant-based diet, we not only enjoy our food, we also get the multiple health benefits that come with avoiding meat and dairy products, including:

  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Lower Cancer Rates
  • Reduced Exposure to Antibiotics and Growth Hormones Used in Raising Animals
  • Increased Life Expectancy
  • Better Brain Health

Taking steps to better our health was a huge milestone for our family, and especially for my toddler. Once we established healthy eating habits, I wanted to be sure that we were able to follow through with them in all aspects of his diet, and especially his snacks. As much as I would love to be able to consistently pack him healthy snacks on the go, we all know that sometimes it’s easier to just grab a pouch or a pre-made snack. With so many snacking options for kids, and countless deceiving marketing campaigns, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and lost when it comes to finding the right snacks for your toddler.

Enter Sprout Foods.

I fell in love with Sprout Foods the first time I looked at their ingredient lists and knew what every. single. ingredient was. Lots of baby foods say pear and spinach on the front but once you turn the pouch over, pear and spinach are at the bottom of the ingredients list right after SUGAR! Sprout is the FIRST and ONLY baby food company to pledge that the names of their products are also truthfully the primary ingredients. They also ensure that their products are USDA certified organic, non-GMO, preservative free and free from concentrates!

On top of being honest, they also just rolled out a brand spankin’ new baby and toddler food range that is totally plant-based! Do you realize how AWESOME that is?? As moms, we now have seriously healthy snacking alternatives for our babies and toddlers! Instead of filling their little tummies with additives, preservatives and sugars, Sprouts new line includes whole organic foods like chia seeds, navy beans, red lentils, chickpeas, spinach, peas, white beans, corn, and quinoa and never any added sugars or preservatives. What does that mean for your little one? It means that they are getting fueled by plants instead of sugars. Personally, I love the peace of mind of knowing that I don’t have to flip over the label to make sure it’s got the good stuff in it because I know it does.

It is so important to teach our kids to be healthy and adventurous in their food choices from a young age and Sprout helps to make the weaning process delicious, healthy and adventurous for your growing baby. It also helps as a parent to know that when you see a Sprout Foods label on the shelf, that you can trust them and the ingredients in their products.

So before I say goodbye, let me just give you the run down on the awesome organic, totally plant-based food range and the products available for your babe whether they’re a baby or a toddler!

Sprout Stage 3 Plant-based Protein Baby Food Purees-

Completely Dairy-Free and Vegan, these pouches are an amazing protein alternative to meat and dairy. They are packed full of protein and fiber from organic lentils, chickpeas and beans perfect for hungry tummies and curious tastebuds. They come in three yummy flavors:

  • Butternut Chickpea Quinoa and Dates
  • Pumpkin Apple Red Lentil with Cinnamon
  • Sweet Pea Carrot Corn and White Bean

Sprout Power Paks-

These are the perfect to-go snack for your toddler as they are not chemically fortified and are made from 100% Plant Based nutrients! Each Power Pak contains 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, a full serving of fruit, and Omega 3 from chia seeds! With four flavors to choose from, even the pickiest of toddlers will find something they love:

  • Kiwi, Banana and Spinach
  • Tropical Fusion
  • Apple, Apricot and Strawberry
  • Strawberry, Banana and Butternut Squash

Sprout Organic Curlz-

Made from organic chickpeas and lentils these curls are totally gluten-free, non GMO and have the crunchy texture that every toddler craves! With no artificial colors or flavors and only the best sourced ingredients, these snacks are a perfect addition to EVERY toddler moms diaper bag!

  • Broccoli
  • White Cheddar
  • Sweet Potato & Cinnamon

Sprout Food snacks are the perfect to-go snack for moms and kids on the go! They offer a healthy, plant-based alternative to traditional sugary snacks and drinks and they are packed full of nothing but the BEST ingredients. Click HERE for Sprout Foods Special Offers & Coupons (and maybe even a pouch or two)!

Always,

Alexie

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Hi, I'm Alexie Flook

I am a twenty-something year old world-traveler, turned stay at home mom! I live in Maryland with my 2 year old son, one month old daughter, beautiful British husband, and neurotic boxer dog! This space is filled with honest reviews, personal musings, and my successes and failures as a natural homeopathic mother and wif

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  • Too many kids (and adults) grow up without having any real connection to the food on their plate. I grew up in the country where you can walk out your back door and cuddle a cow or get chased by a chicken. It's too easy to disconnect from the reality of HOW we get our food. Anyway, that's why I love that I can teach Hudson and Presley kindness and love for animals of all shapes and sizes. ❤️❤️
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  • Eat your veggies 🥕I realized this week that I was gonna have to think about weaning Presley soon and I just can't do it...so to delay the inevitable, I let her gnaw on a carrot. With Hudson we did totally BLW and he really didn't start eating until he was about 9 months old...he was way more interested in all things boobies! She seems waayyy more interested in trying to get food in her mouth and just like with Hudson, we will be doing all fresh fruit, veg, and legumes and zero processed foods and no sugar for the first few years! I swear that's why I have such a happy healthy broccoli lover on my hands!What are your best (healthy) weaning tips?! •
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