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Help! My daughter's gone vegetarian

Karen GilmanHi, I am Karen Gilman and I am here to celebrate with you your daughter’s choice to ‘go vegetarian.’ You are here because you worry your daughter will not get the nutrients she needs or you are looking for tips on how to make healthy vegetarian meals. I can help put your mind at ease and give you the tools to support this vegetarian journey.

My daughter's a vegetarian... Now what?

Your daughter has declared she no longer wants to eat meat.  How is she going to get enough protein, calcium or iron? Can her growing body get enough of these nutrients and the calories its needs if she does not eat any meat?

Not to worry. She’ll be fine as long as she eats the right foods. I know only too well how challenging it can be to get kids to eat properly.  Boys, too, can be picky eaters, though they don’t face the same nutritional challenges as girls.

You don’t want her to become dependent on multivitamins to bridge the gap. Ensure she gets the nutrients she needs from the food she eats.

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Are vegetarian diets healthy?

Are vegetarian diets healthy?

Vegetarian diets are healthy if you follow the general rules of a nutritionally-balanced diet. Not eating meat or products that contain meat, won’t keep us healthy if we also eat processed food and unhealthy snacks like chips and chocolate bars.

Though diet is important, vegetarians must also lead a healthy lifestyle to benefit from their plant-based eating. It does little good to eat kale chips and a veggie burger if your daughter is not physically active and sits on her phone ‘Snap Chatting’ late into the night.

The lowdown on tofu and tempeh

The lowdown on tofu and tempeh

Mention tofu to some people and they instantly say they don’t like it. I bet half of these people just haven’t tasted a good recipe with tofu. As someone who has not eaten meat or chicken in about 30 years, tofu has always been part of my diet.  I use it in soups, salads, stir fries, salad dressings and sometimes in dessert. It can be confusing because there are so many types of regular and organic tofu; silken, soft, medium firm, firm, extra firm and now you can buy sprouted tofu. Choosing which type of tofu is ultimately based on your recipe and preference. First and foremost it is important to choose organic so that you don’t eat genetically modified soybeans.

Sneaky Sources of Animal Products

Sneaky Sources of Animal Products

I really like dark chocolate and used to buy chocolate covered ‘superfood’ snacks at the grocery store. You know the kind with goji berries and blueberries. Well, I don’t buy them anymore. One day I was reading the ingredient list very closely list and noticed one that I was not familiar with called ‘confectioner’s glaze.’ I googled it and this is what I found out:

‘it is a resin which is secreted by the female Lac insect after it consumes tree bark.  The raw resin is collected, heated, filtered and mixed with an alcohol solution to create the food glaze’

Not only will you find confectioner’s glaze on chocolate but it is also used on prescription drugs as well as vitamins and other supplements.