So I don’t have kids (yet?). But when I think about having them, I don’t dream about how I’ll decorate the nursery or even what school they’ll go to…I wonder what they’ll eat. Can I have a plant-based kid? Will they be down with green juice too? And then a couple of weekends ago, I met Monica Royer and she showed me it can be done…she has a veggie bebe!
And that very baby has inspired her new clothing line, Monica + Andy. After having her two years ago and being stuck inside during a particularly bad Chicago winter (I hear you), Monica realized that there had to be a better way to shop online for baby clothes. Encouraged by the online success of her brother Andy’s brand, Bonobos, Monica set out to create an online, community-driven brand for kids.
And the clothes are so good! It’s not just because they have the softest cotton ever (she looked at over 30 blends!)…her whole line is phalate-free, lead-free, and choke-hazard free. I got a chance to check them out a couple of weekends ago, and I literally just rubbed them all over my face. So. Freaking. Soft.
Thanks Monica for showing me that it’s possible to put good stuff in little dudes bellies and on their backs. Here’s more from Monica!
Name: Monica Royer
Relationship status with plants: Happily married for 5 years!!
Turn ons (food related): fresh juice (from a juicer), veg nachos, kale salad (with fresh avocado dressing), anything from the Native Foods Cafe, Thai food, vegetarian maki rolls
Turn offs (food related): GMO’s, high fructose corn syrup
Quote that inspires you: “The future depends on what you do today” -Gandhi
Materials to avoid when buying clothes for little dudes: I like to buy clothes that are free of flame retardants. At Monica + Andy, we buy our fabric in a heavy enough weight that it doesn’t need to be sprayed with chemicals.
Favorite go-to veggie recipe your family loves: We love mini pizzas. We take organic whole wheat tortillas, tomato slices or salsa as a base, non-dairy cheese, onions, fresh kale and broccoli. Sometimes we add veg bacon or crumbled tofu. We love to pair this with soup from the crock pot.
Your best momma tip to get more plants in kids’ bellies (without them noticing): Smoothies! We blend kale, cherries, berries, dates, chia seeds, bananas, and almond milk every morning. Sometimes we change the kale for broccoli or the cherries for mango or we add almonds and walnuts. We mix up ingredients but love to start the day off this way. Also, I always try to add veggies to every recipe.
Restaurant you want to planticize (offer more plant-based options): I love Perennial at the Hotel Lincoln. They will always make something veg, but would love to see even more plant-based options on their menu.
Fill in the blank: Feeding my family whole foods makes…me happy.
Check out Monica’s line (and some really cute babies) at Monica + Andy.