Featured Blogger: Sarah Creighton of Veggie Kids
Our Featured Vegan Blogger series shares the voices and stories behind some of our amazing customers and their recipes found in our WholeSoy Recipe Collection.
Sarah Creighton, in addition to being a busy mom of three vegan boys and a wife to a wonderful husband, is the author of "The Boy Who Loved Broccoli" and another children's book hitting the shelves later this year. She is also a former fashion designer with an art background turned vegan chef offering home meal deliveries, runs Veggie Kids and works with a team to help overhaul hot lunches in her area school districts. She loves offering advice and recipes to frustrated parents who want to feed their families better.
What's your blog about?
Veggie Kids is a site full of nutritious, easy to make, family friendly meals that just so happen to be plant-based. In addition to offering healthy vegan recipes, I also talk about ways to get more veggies into people's diets (especially kids!), green tips like how to start your own veggie & herb garden, how to sneak in those super foods whenever possible and how to use food to your advantage-to heal and make you feel your best!
What inspires you to blog?
My own three boys initially inspired me to start Veggie Kids because I began feeling like I needed to document all of the super healthy foods they were not only trying, but actually eating! Now I'm inspired by other families making positive changes in their diets and hearing how it's effected them. My older two kids are constantly telling their friends, classmates and teachers about where their food really comes from, what it's made with or what it does do their bodies (I'm not sure everyone likes this unsolicited information but kids will be kids!). They've really had an affect on their friends who have asked their moms to make more nutritious lunches and snacks for them. I also love getting emails and messages from parents who weren't sure where to begin with making healthier choices for their families and have tried implementing more vegetarian and vegan options with great success. Nothing is more inspirational than that!
What inspired you to go vegan (or veggie)?
My older brother was a vegan long before I even gave it a thought but over the years he filled my head with tons of information on the subject. I gave up meat long ago but really got serious about using food for medicinal purposes back in '08 when I was facing surgery of a grapefruit-sized ovarian cyst. I knew I had most likely brought this problem on myself through poor diet (I was such a cheese-lover!) and also knew I could change things without surgery. I dove head-first into studying and reading about how a plant-based diet can not only heal the body of many ailments but can make you thrive! Then when I discovered how many amazing foods existed that were all derived from plants, it was like a whole new world opened up to me and I couldn't wait to share it with everyone. I love that my kids are learning about the importance of a healthy diet from such a young age and hope they carry it on through adulthood. (Although I do leave the choice of being vegan up to them and always will.)
What's your favorite WholeSoy flavor?
Cherry is definitely my favorite flavor and I love to sprinkle hemp seeds on top, give it a stir and have it as a mid-morning snack or special after dinner dessert. I also love the lemon and vanilla flavors for baking! It leaves such a moist texture and fresh flavor to breads, muffins and cakes.
What's your go-to recipe when in a crunch?
For breakfast: Gourmet Granola (great with WholeSoy yogurts!!!)
For lunch: Pinwheel Sandwiches (video)
For dinner: Apple Spinach Wrap
For dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough or Black Bean Brownies
Try Sarah's Featured Vegan Recipe
|Apple Spice Bread
This delicious, moist bread will warm you up in no time! Also a great way to use up those last apples of the season!
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For more kid friendly recipes and tips from Sarah, visit her website Veggie Kids.Thank you for sharing your recipes and story with us, Sarah!