Are you comfortable preparing nutritious vegetarian meals?
For those not familiar with vegetarian diets, cooking vegetarian meals can be a bit intimidating. What to prepare for dinner is a constant challenge for everyone but especially for those families where there are family members with food restrictions. However, it doesn’t have to be so complicated to prepare a nutritious vegetarian meal, really.
To ensure your family is getting the nutrients they need to grow and thrive on their vegetarian diet, I have put together a list of a few things I’d advise you NOT to do when preparing vegetarian meals.
To make meal planning easier, I have designated Tuesdays as pasta night. It just made life easier when when we had extra curricular activities when the kids were little. Now a few years later, it has sort of stuck and I don’t mind because pasta night is usually an easy meal that everyone likes. Some weeks though pasta tends to make an appearance a few times not just for dinner but for lunch too.
When you told people your child had decided to become a vegetarian what was the first thing they asked you?
Was it “How is she going to get her protein?” Hands down, this is the first thing people ask me. Sometimes I get frustrated and wonder how they can be so oblivious! There are so many options out there it makes me sad to think people only see animal products as good sources of protein. In any case, though the question frustrates me to no end, I realize it comes from a place of concern and that they just need to be educated. Right? What do you think?
Iron and the vegetarian diet
Vegetarian diets can be healthy and your kids can thrive on a vegetarian diet as long as they are eating properly. There are however a few nutrients we need to be mindful of when meat is removed from someone’s diet. One such key nutrient is iron.
When my girls decided to give up meat they hadn’t started their period yet so there wasn’t much thought given to their iron levels. Once periods came in to the picture, things changed a bit. At our yearly checkups we asked for blood tests to verify iron levels so we would know if we should be supplementing or making any dietary modifications.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I have been thinking about what special treat to make for my family. My girls are big chocolate fans but my husband isn’t. This is unfortunate for him as he will be outnumbered this Valentine’s Day and I am doing the baking!