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Help! My daughter's gone vegetarian

Karen GilmanHi, I am Karen Gilman and I applaud that you are honouring your daughter’s choice to become a vegetarian. You are here either 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 knowing that she is getting what she needs to grow into a healthy young woman.

My daughter's a vegetarian... Now what?

Your daughter came home from school the other day declaring 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 the nutrients and calories its needs if she does not eat any meat?

Well, 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 your teenage daughter 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 taking multivitamins to bridge the gap. Ensure she gets all the nutrients she needs from the food she eats.

So What Are You Waiting For?

Let's get started!

Meat alternatives

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.

The benefits of a plant-based diet

The benefits of a plant-based diet

 
Have you ever considered reducing the amount of meat you eat and substituting protein-rich legumes such as beans and lentils? These plant-based foods may not be top of mind when you think about protein, but they are excellent sources of this essential nutrient, and contain less fat and fewer calories. Consider swapping beef, chicken and even milk or eggs for foods like chickpeas, black beans, peas, almonds and pumpkin seeds.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup peanut butter

½ cup maple syrup

½ cup crispy rice cereal

2 cups chocolate chips or 12 oz dark chocolate