Wednesday, March 27, 2013

you CAN raise a vegetarian child!

Kai Maximilian
Healthy and Happy!

I am raising my child vegetarian due to my own beliefs and experiences.
His father is a carnivore, but acknowledges the health benefits of vegetarianism.
We both agreed that this was the healthiest way to raise our son!

Kai receives well-balanced meals and L-O-V-E-S his veggies!
He is also very open to trying to things and experiencing new flavors!

It seems as if the common misconception is that
all vegetarian parents feed their kids nothing but grass and hay.
Vegetarian kids aren't horses!

Protein seems to be the biggest argument for not going vegetarian.
Protein is actually rarely an issue in vegetarian diets.  
Vegetarian parents tend to worry and overcompensate
and feed their children foods that may be TOO high in calories and fat.

Other sources of worry I constantly hear about are Iron and Calcium--
BOTH of these can be had from meatless sources-- it takes a little research!

By providing well-balanced meals and snacks, you can make sure that
your child has all the vitamins and minerals they need
to be a happy, healthy, and amazing child!

Some great foods high in nutrients for vegetarian children are:

TofuTofu Kale
Tempeh Spinach & Kale Fortified Soy Milk
Seitan Black Beans Fortified Nut Milk
Chickpeas Figs Hemp Milk
Mushrooms Raisins Tempeh
Nut Milk Fortified Cereal Tahini & Hummus
Soy Milk Chickpeas Fortified Juice
Nut & Seed Butter Broccoli Great Northern Beans
Beans & Lentils Bok Choy Almond Butter
Hemp Lentils Bok Choy
Avocados Pumpkin Seeds Tofu
Yogurt Quinoa Wakame
Eggs Blackstrap Molasses Tempeh
Whole Grains Swiss Chard Yogurt


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  2. My children were all raised vegetarian initially. Unfortunately, they are all omnivores now. :(