Meal Time With Vegetarian Kids

Here is a blog I wrote for Her Magazine about feeding both the vegetarians and the meat eaters. No need to make 2 meals:

When I was a teenager not many people knew about vegetarian or vegan diets. These days kids are more aware, with the world at their fingertips. While I decided to give up meat and chicken in my early 20’s my daughter decided at 10. Why? Was it my influence? Was it her friends? Was it something she learned in school? Who knows, she simply told me one day it grossed her out. She is now 13 and has a handful of friends, mostly girls, who have also become vegetarian.

Meat alternatives

Whether it’s the rising cost of food squeezing your budget or a personal journey that led you to join the Meatless Monday bandwagon, eating more plant-based protein is good for your body and easy on the wallet. A recent article in the Globe and Mail (http://tinyurl.com/hxh872q) got me thinking about how people can give up meat and embrace a more plant-based diet. The article described the enormous growth of the market for meat alternatives – faux meats like veggie dogs, ground soy and textured vegetable protein – that have been found wanting where taste is concerned. Food companies, however, have been finding ways to make these products downright appetizing, gaining acceptance from meat eaters and fueling the growth of the global market to a projected US$5 billion by 2020 from US$3.9 billion US$3.9 billion in 2014.