Do you read the ingredient lists when you shop? Did you know that there may be animal products lurking in those foods you thought were vegetarian. Believe me, I know! I was very disappointed one day…..
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.
Do people ask how your vegetarian child gets enough protein?
It is really quite simple on a vegetarian diet, even if meat-lovers don’t believe you. Beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and, yes, even vegetables have protein, too!
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How can I say no when my daughter asks for her favourite chickpea salad? This salad has morphed into a staple in our house. It is quick to prepare, a great school lunch option (though not ready to go there yet) and is a very satisfying mix of flavours and textures.
I have had vegetarian protein on the brain these days as I look for options to share. I know it can be difficult for those who are not accustomed to vegetarian diets. Just the other day my neighbour asked me how my daughter gets her protein. But as you can see, there are so many great non-meat options. And protein is so important, especially for growing bodies. Our cells need protein and without it our organs would not function.
As I was preparing a Caesar salad for a pot luck dinner with some friends, I realized the dressing was a good option for kids who like Caesar salad. This recipe, published in Vegetarian Times in February 2003, has been a staple of mine for years as I never liked making Caesar salad dressing with raw eggs.
If your vegetarian daughter is anything like mine she loves her pasta. I think my daughter would eat pasta for every meal if I let her. Not that pasta is bad for you but really the concern is whether or not it provides her with the nutrients she needs as a vegetarian. Most pasta today is fortified so is contains iron, folate and niacin and depending what you add to the sauce, whether it be veggies or beans, can be part of a healthy vegetarian diet.