Life as a teenager is hard. Life as a teenage vegan is harder. Now imagine the parent of that vegan teenager. That’s me. My daughter has been a vegan for over a year now. And it has been quite the challenge in my household. Everything from eating out/at home, grocery shopping to attending celebrations now has to be planned. Throw a 16th birthday in the mix things just got harder.
I got a new appreciation for what my daughter’s life is like a vegan as I started looking for vegan products to gift her. Surprisingly, a trip to Sherway Gardens was all I needed.
Saje: I found the Aromaroam Ultrasonic Diffuser. It’s compact and black and perfect for her room.
Chapters Indigo: Chapters, of course, has several vegan and vegetarian books to choose from, but I loved that had Jaime Oliver’s new line too. My daughter and I love Jaime Oliver and his message of always using whole fresh ingredients to nourish your body.
Well.ca: I found a great vegan Shampoo and Conditioner from Pacifica that smells amazing, plus some coconut chips that were a great addition to her vegan basket.
Sephora: Tarte carries a vegan deodorant that has received great reviews. I walked in looking for just the deodorant and came out with this. Win!
And finally, the food. My daughter and her friends go to Kelly’s Bakeshop in Burlington. Yes, they make the trek from Toronto to Burlington for these delicious treats. And they are so worth it. You would NEVER guess you’re eating vegan cupcakes, cookies, brownies or ice cream.
We, of course, had lunch at my daughter’s favourite downtown restaurant Fresh. My family and I had never eaten there before, but we are now fans. Their dragon fries, falafel tacos and Chipotle Bacon burger we AMAZING.
The result was a happy 16 year old and a great birthday celebration.
She loved her gifts but she loved that her family took the time to go vegan for the day just for her.
Have you thrown any unique birthday celebrations for your kids? Share with us!