I don't think I've mentioned it here but a few months ago we discovered that Raf is either allergic or intolerant to soy. As vegans this is a little bit tricky, not least because soy seems to be in everything! Seriously, it is in virtually everything... soybean oil is apparently very popular, and even something like bread is hard to find without soy showing up. We've been doing quite well, though, and as long as you stick with whole foods - which is obviously best anyway - it's fine. For things like yogurt we've been using coconut yogurt (I like him to have the probiotics and the B12), and on the few occasions he's had milk in something (other than mama;s milk) we've used almond milk... As luck would have it a new vegan - non soya - cheese is now available, and, seriously, it is yummy!!! Vegan cheese is notoriously terrible but this stuff (made with tapioca and expellar pressed oils) is delicious...
But Raf has also become a lot more fussy around food. He used to love fruits and veggies but he's been refusing to touch them lately. Broccoli florets, an old favourite, are left untouched, and his old fav, watermelon, is dropped on the floor. And, his beloved hummus is now a no- no, and he even spits it out! Still, we've been managing to get in some good nutrition. Here's a typical day:
Night/waking up: milk
Breakfast: sprouted wheat bagel with almond/cashew butter and apple butter, apple sauce mixed with a nut or seed butter and coconut yogurt.
Lunch: French bread (usually the soft bit scooped out), with pasta sauce, chopped spinach, and vegan cheese sprinkled and melted. He gets to eat a lot of spinach this way! Yoghurt to finish.
Dinner: sweet potato slices with hummus spread on... though this is hit and miss lately. Corn on the cob (a new favourite). Mashed banana with nut butter mixed in.
He has some new favourites. Today he tried plums, and he really seemed to like them. I was just excited he picked the pieces up after his fruit/veggie refusal of late. He also really gnawed the corn the other day, which made me very happy. His absolute fav, though, are snapea crisps. I'm not sure how healthy these are for him but he adores them.
Would love more suggestions!