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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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A new non-dairy beverage option

A new non-dairy beverage option

I am very excited to be involved with Social Nature, getting samples of new and exciting products and writing reviews. I am not compensated but I do enjoy getting these free samples and providing feedback. The most recent product shipped to my front door is called Veggemo, a veggie-based non dairy beverage. Given that we have been talking about calcium and most recently, soy milk. I wanted to share my thoughts about this new product.

Calcium-rich soy milk

Calcium-rich soy milk

If your daughter is anything like mine she is not about to eat a big bowl of kale or anything green for that matter. She does like cucumbers and broccoli however these foods will not be able to supply her with the amount of calcium her growing body needs. Leafy greens can be good sources of calcium but you have to eat them!  So, how can we go about ensuring our growing girls get the calcium they need so they don’t develop osteoporosis 30 or 40 years from now?

Calcium Concerns

Calcium Concerns

I was very upset the other day, reading the Leslie Beck column about calcium supplements. For years they have been telling us it is ok to take calcium supplements if you don’t get enough from your diet. Well, is it now? Perhaps not.  We know the best way to get our calcium is through our diet but sometimes it is hard, especially if you do not eat dairy yogurt or milk.