Recipes and Features by Anya Todd, R.D., L.D.

Everyday Nutrition: Weaning

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on January 11, 2018

My baby is approaching a year old, and I am really confused about what to provide him after weaning. It seems like everyone is insisting we give him cow’s milk. We are a vegan family. Help! The simple answer is […]

Everyday Nutrition: Top 5 Nutrition Tips for Vegan Parents

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on June 11, 2016

In celebration of Generation Veggie’s first birthday, I thought I would throw together a “Top 5 List” that encapsulates many of the questions and concerns voiced by veggie parents raising veggie children. So, let’s get down to it. IGNORE the […]

Everyday Nutrition: Dealing with Picky Toddlers

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on April 14, 2016

Help! Our toddler only wants to eat bread and bananas. How can we get her to eat a wider variety of veggie foods? Food jags, the term used to describe when a child consumes only a select few foods for […]

Everyday Nutrition: Should We Cut Out Sugar and Oil?

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on January 19, 2016

As a new vegan mom, I am finding it hard to follow a “no oil, no sugar diet” with my kids. What are your thoughts on this issue? Personally, there is no way in Hades that I would follow a […]

Everyday Nutrition: Is Carageenan Safe for My Family?

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on December 9, 2015

I hear people talk about carrageenan. What is it, and is it safe to feed to my family? People certainly are talking about this red seaweed derivative that is often used to thicken food products. So, what is all the […]

Everyday Nutrition: Vitamins B12 and D for Babies?

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on October 22, 2015

Our 1-year-old just weaned off formula, and now I’m thinking about vitamin B12 and vitamin D. What should I do to make sure she continues to get enough of these vitamins? You are right to be concerned about these two […]

Everyday Nutrition: Is Soy Bad for My Kids?

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on September 18, 2015

I keep hearing from friends and family that I should not be feeding my children soy foods. Is there any truth to their concern? Oy, the great soy debate. There is reason for concern related to soy, but probably not […]

Everyday Nutrition: Best Omega-3s for Young Children

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on August 18, 2015

Are any omega-3 supplements appropriate for young children or should we just put flax powder on everything? Let’s start with a quick lesson on omega-3 fatty acids. First, there is the type called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is considered an […]

Everyday Nutrition: Midwife Ignorant about Vegan Diet

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on July 29, 2015

My midwife is really ignorant about vegan diets. Is there a web site or book you’d recommend that will help her understand nutrition during a vegan pregnancy? Sadly, the majority of healthcare professionals are not knowledgeable about vegan diets, especially […]

Everyday Nutrition: Enough Fat in Vegan Toddler’s Diet?

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on July 17, 2015

Our doctor is worried that a vegan diet doesn’t have enough fat to support our 15-month-old’s brain development. Should this be a concern? What are the best ways to add more fat to her diet? Fat is certainly an important […]

Everyday Nutrition: Vegan Pregnancy Supplements

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on July 7, 2015

I just learned that I’m 6 weeks pregnant! Is there a good vitamin supplement for vegan pregnancy? First and foremost, I like to stress that women of child-bearing age who could potentially become pregnant should attempt to eat a well-balanced […]

Everyday Nutrition: Soy Sensitivity

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on June 23, 2015

Both of our kids (ages 3 and 1) are sensitive to soy. What protein sources are the best alternatives? Despite most people associating vegans with tofu as our only protein source, there are options beyond soy. Beans, nuts, seeds (and […]

Protein for Toddlers

Everyday Nutrition: Protein for Toddlers

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on May 7, 2015

My family is freaking out about our 2-year-old not getting enough protein even though she’s very healthy! What can I say to put them at ease? When will this myth die?! I have yet to work with any vegan client […]

Everyday Nutrition: B12 Needs for Preschooler

By Anya Todd, R.D., L.D. on May 1, 2015

How much B12 does our 4-year-old need and what’s the best supplement? We do not require much vitamin B12—no matter the age. We just need it consistently in our diet. A 4-year-old requires 1.2 micrograms per day to meet the […]