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On Feeding the Youngest in a Family of Vegans
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On Feeding the Youngest in a Family of Vegans

Those parents who hope to cultivate within a son or daughter an appreciation of vegan foods should take advantage of the many soy-based fake meats and cheeses on the market. By using such products, a parent can diminish the level of a child's desire to sample some meatier fare. Moreover, if a child sees that his or her own parents act like such products are not favored by adults, then he or she is apt to strive towards becoming a traditional adult vegan.

At one time, a mother or father could feel comfortable saying this to a son or daughter: "Do as I say, not as I do." Today, however, smart vegans avoid using that phrase, when presenting new foods at the dinner table. When a youngster sees an adult eat something, then he or she feels more inclined to try that same food.

Of course, once a child starts nursery school or kindergarten, that same boy or girl is apt to feel cheated, if others get to enjoy a treat that he or she knows to be outside of a family's diet. Besides, young children do not always know what foods are, and which are not considered suitable for vegans. This writer experienced that fact first hand, when invited to a nursery school classroom, one in which one quiet lad had come from Nepal.

This writer was offered one of the treats brought by a student's parent. The little boy from Nepal did not realize that those sweets contained eggs. Therefore, he ate the one that he was given. After having that experience, this writer has chosen to share with readers of this web site a recipe for a tasty vegan dessert/snack.



Popcorn Balls


½ cup popcorn kernels 2 teaspoons rice vinegar (white or brown)

1and ¾ cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup butter-flavored cooking oil

Step 1: Pop the popcorn in an air popper. Then transfer it to a large roasting pan or a heatproof bowl.

Step 2: Using a heavy saucepan, combine corn syrup, maple syrup and vinegar. Attach a candy thermometer to the side and cook the mixture until it reaches the soft crack stage (about 275 degrees Fahrenheit). At this point a small amount should form hard threads, if dropped into cold water. Once the mixture reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the heat. Stir in the vanilla.

Step 3: Pour syrup over the popcorn, while stirring it gently with a long-handled spoon. Try to coat all of the popcorn.

Step 4: After five minutes of cooling, spray cooking spray on your hands, and proceed to form 12 separate balls.

Step 5: Wrap the balls in cellophane paper. Each one should keep for two weeks, if stored in an airtight container or tin.

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  1. Jennifer Madison
    Jennifer Madison
    Thanks for sharing this! I am already thinking about what I will teach my kids in the future about nutrition. I am a vegetarian and interested in healthy and organic food. I want them to make their own choices when it comes to deciding whether to eat meat or not but I will definitely try to be a role model for them and show them that without meat, meals can be healthy and delicious at the same time.


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