Advice for 3 year old to become vegetarian
Posted by PureMothers at 07/24/2010
Hi, new to site. Considering going fully vegetarian (we eat organic poultry & fish) but I have a 3 year old and a baby on the way and want to ensure they get all the nutrients needed WITHOUT allergenic soy, peanuts, gluten.... I am not a fan of soy unless it is fermented and all the meat alternatives look like meat and are made of soy. Only tempeh is fermented and I can't find it at our health food store. Can someone give me a list of types of meals that kids would enjoy on a vegetarian diet. We'll work on vegan at a later stage. We don't drink milk, but do consume organic cheese and yogurt. We also eat fish for protein and omega 3 oils. Do you consume flax oil for Omega3?
and dont forget your beans, lots of protein there.
All your vetetables have protein, just not alot
Sorry for asking, maybe this is a stupid questions, but people in Asia have been eating soy for thousands of years (and not exactly to bad results, health-wise).
So - in my opinion - unless you are allergic to soy, I do not really see the point in not eating it. Just my 2c.
I personally would rather eat soy than organic poultry or fish (as a matter of fact, I do :-)
Look here for a position paper of the ADA (American Dieticians Association) on different vegetarian diets:http://www.eatright.org/about/content.aspx?id=8357
In a nutshell: even a vegetarian diet - if balanced - gives infants and children all the necessary nutrients. A vegan diet (no dairy products and eggs) makes it a little bit more tricky, but is also possible.
Just a note: this information is solely for educational purposes and is in no way to replace an actual medical visit. This website has a wealth of excellent information from a lot of great minds but please remember if you have any medical concerns or needs please see your medical doctor or healthcare provider.
Feeding a child steamed green veggies, colorful salads, wholegrains, sprouted seeds, ripe fruits etc. will only give good results.
PureMothers - for a list of meals HappyCow has some good recipes - .......VeganDad has super-excellent ones - http://vegandad.blogspot.com/ - here he is on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vegan-Dad/102468443130311
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Basically, it's not too difficult as long as you put some thought and time into it, and offer your child a well-rounded diet comprising wide range of fresh and whole foods.
She eats a lot of what my husband and I eat. Mostly fresh organic fruits and veggies, whole foods, some healthy snacks (without artificial ingredients or preservatives).
She especially enjoys eating quinoa, brown rice, whole grain cereals, green peas, pasta, chlorella, seaweed, fresh fruits of all kinds, raisins, and bread. She will also eat beans and tofu.
Instead of cow or goat milk, she enjoys her rice milk, soy & rice milk blend, and our homemade hemp milk.
Here's the recipe for 2 servings of homemade hemp milk:
- 2 or 3 dates soaked in drinking water for a few hours
- a big handful of hulled hemp seeds
- 1 banana
- drinking water
Blend everything until smooth and enjoy!
...and the link to the American Dietetic Society article:
Hope it helps.