IMPORTANT TIPS FOR CARING IN A VEGAN FAMILY.
Vegan kids and babies. The big challenge.
Starting a new job with a new family with children to care for is an exciting, if somewhat daunting, prospect. Not for you, though, not if you are a professional with years of experience in health care. And if you've been selected through NANNIES 4 LIFE, there's nothing you can't handle, right?
Now, however, you're about to take on the challenge of caring for a family that's vegan. This could be a new experience for you, or you could be a veteran of clever vegan recipes, but there are challenges you should consider before you settle in. We have some tips, ideas and suggestions on how you can make a smooth transition to caring for a family that does not eat animal protein.
First of all, being vegan is not about adopting a popular eating trend - it's not a fad. Many people are choosing to live without animal abuse because it is good for the body, the environment and the planet.
Here are some ways you can adapt to a vegan home.
- Learn about protein alternatives.
There are many ways to eat protein today - nuts, seeds, legumes, tofu, etc. In a way, serving steaks for dinner is 20th century! And you're a modern day nanny who wants to keep up with trends, tastes and preferences, so your family rushes to the table to see what you're serving.
It's no longer enough to have a vegetarian chili recipe ready for when the family wants to eat something different. Being vegan is a commitment to healthy, conscious living because the planet and the environment are suffering, and this is a step that all individuals can take to make it easier.
- Learn about the health benefits
Less saturated fat, more dark green vegetables that fight cancer, and fruit that is full of fruit all contribute to longevity, low blood pressure and low cholesterol rates.
- It's an ethical choice that deserves respect
Before joining your new family, read a little online and in the library about the ethics of veganism. How animals are raised and slaughtered is only one facet of people's choice to live free of animals.
- Visit the local markets to learn about all the options.
Once you've settled into your new home, be sure to browse the neighborhood to find all the stores that offer vegetarian options. There will be more than you expected!
- There are many websites, videos and blogs with all kinds of recipes and advice.
Buy a book from a trusted vegan chef, like Chloe Coscarelli, who has more than six vegan cookbooks to her name, from appetizers to main courses and desserts. Once you find some recipes your family loves, start surprising them!
You don't have to be a vegan to take care of the food for a vegan family but it is a topic that deserves reflection, planning and discipline.