When Your Teen Goes Vegetarian
With vegetarianism on the rise, many parents are hearing their teenagers claim they are going to become vegetarians. The parents’ first reaction may be to panic and insist that they continue to eat meat. Most parents are filled with questions about the safety of such a diet, what their teens will eat and how it will affect the family. Gaining an understanding of vegetarian nutrition will help to ease many of these concerns.
Your Vegetarian Pregnancy – Is It Safe?
Part of preparing for the important job of becoming a mother includes wanting to do what you can to make sure you give your baby the best and healthiest start possible. Upon becoming pregnant, most vegetarian women are filled with questions about the nutritional requirements of protein, vitamin B-12, calcium and iron. Some vegetarian women also wonder why they crave meat during their pregnancy and whether or not they should give in to those cravings.
The Over-Processed, Hormone-Injected, Super-Sized Backlash: Could Your Family Go Vegetarian?
Mad cow disease, meat and milk afloat with hormones and antibiotics, virulent food-borne illnesses, super-sized junk meals packing on “diseases of nutritional extravagance,” heart disease, cancer, diabetes – after biting into news like this about meat, your favorite down-and-dirty, fast and healthy chicken breast recipe doesn’t taste quite so succulent anymore.
Vegetarian Alternatives to Thanksgiving Turkey
Why not try something different than turkey this year for a refreshing, healthy change? You may wish to start a new tradition altogether, experimenting with other entrées such as a gorgeous vegetable lasagna or lavish vegetable Shepherd's pie.
Enough Calcium Without Cow’s Milk??
Now that your child is done with breastfeeding or bottles, how can you make sure she’s getting all the nutrients she needs? We know that children need calcium to build strong bones. Cow’s milk is a good source of calcium and a natural choice for many parents. But can your child get the same amount of calcium without cow’s milk? The answer is a resounding yes, as long as you know what to look for.
Vegetable Upside-Down Casserole
Everyone likes fruity upside-down cakes; why not try the same approach with vegetables? This casserole, which is fun to make and even more fun to eat, has quickly become a family favorite.
Raise a Healthy Vegetarian Kid
In their position paper on vegetarian diets, the American Dietetic Association states, "Well-planned vegan and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy and lactation. Appropriately planned vegan and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets satisfy nutrient needs of infants, children and adolescents and promote normal growth."