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Prices for food, especially meat, eggs, and fish, are sky-high these days and families are feeling the pinch. Although shopping sales and clipping coupons can definitely help, trying some new plant-based meal ideas can go a long way in helping you to save money, give your kids a nutritional boost, and help you to model healthy eating habits.

In this episode, I sat down with Nicole Centeno, a French Culinary Institute-trained chef, founder, and co-CEO of Splendid Spoon, a meal-delivery platform that offers more than 50 ready-to-eat, plant-based meals. Nicole is also the author of “Soup Cleanse Cookbook: Embrace a Better Body and a Healthier You with the Weekly Soup Plan.

We talked about the benefits and misconceptions about plant-based eating, how to get started, and how to get more plant-based foods in your kid’s diet. Nicole also shares some of her favorite plant-based meal ideas for kids—including delicious alternatives to hot dogs.

2:03 Let’s talk about your story!

2:43 How did Splendid Spoon come to be?

5:05 Have you always been a plant-based eater?

6:09 What do you think are the most common challenges today for parents when it comes to feeding their kids?

8:02 How can we spend less money on food?

9:56 What are the benefits of plant-based diets?

14:06  What are some misconceptions about plant-based eating?

18:00 What are some ways we can get more plant-based foods in our kids’ meals?

21:25 How do we get started with plant-based eating?

23:05 What are some of your favorite plant-based meal ideas?

24:46 Are there ways to get plant-based foods in at breakfast?

25:56 What about plant-based snacks? 

28:40 What are your best tips for modeling healthy eating habits?

31:16 What is Splendid Spoon and what can new customers expect?


Julie mentions that the cost of meat, poultry, fish, and eggs increased 14.2% over the last year.

Learn more about Nicole on Splendid Spoon. 

Follow Splendid Spoon on Instagram. 


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Author Details
Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.