It can be a bummer when you’re psyched about going vegan but your parents are a little iffy (“But where will you get your protein?!”) about letting you make the switch.

We know, we know—it’s a parent’s job to worry. But guess what! Dear ol’ Mom and Pop don’t have to worry at all.  Vegan meals can provide us with all the nutrients that we need, minus all the saturated fat, cholesterol, and other icky stuff found in animal flesh, eggs, and dairy foods.

Here’s what to tell your parents about going vegan:

It’s Healthy

vegan protein sources

You’ll need the same amount of nutrients as a vegan as you did when you were still eating meat. Now, you’ll just find them in much healthier places!

Have your parents visit the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s website if they have any questions or want to learn how this choice can improve your health and the environment.

It’s Cheap

vegan pasta, vegan at 7-11

Another selling point is that vegan eating can be super-cheap. Your parents will probably be interested to know that it will likely cost less to feed you after you go vegan than it did when you were still eating meat. Win-win!

It’s Delicious

Show your parents that not only are you eating healthier now, your new diet is also delicious. Check out our huge list of tasty, cruelty-free recipes, and don’t forget to share your meals with your folks. After all, the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach.

It’s Easy

Print out peta2’s Guide to Vegan Grocery Shopping and take it along on your family’s next trip to the store. Or pull up our guides to vegan grocery shopping at Target, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart so that your parents can see for themselves that there are plenty of foods already on the shelves that don’t support slaughterhouse cruelty and that they’ll love (or may even already love!)

It’s Important

As always, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s just hard for some people to understand why someone would go vegan, especially if they have no idea how horribly animals are treated on factory farms.

But you can help them learn. Get comfy, grab your fave vegan snack, and check out these lifesaving documentaries. Once your parents see what happens to animals, they’ll be more likely to understand that you’re standing up against something that you know is wrong.

Jo-Anne McArthur We Animals

Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals 

Something else we recommend—if your parents really can’t see things your way—is to stay strong. It’s OK to be different, especially when your difference means that you’re saving animals! Don’t worry about what others have to say when you know you’re making a positive impact on animals, the Earth, and yourself, too. 🙂

If you have any questions about talking to your parents about your going vegan, be sure to contact us!