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Healthy Vegetarian Children: Do They Exist?

By Fredrica Syren:

This weekend I had, for the millionth time, someone who raised concerns about our children being vegetarians. The question I get most is how my kids get protein.  Getting kids enough protein  from vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, tofu and seitan is easy;  the trick is to make sure they get their calcium, vitamins and minerals.  Since my kids eat a lot of fruits and veggies, THAT is not an issue for us.  I wonder if parents of kids who live on fast food get questioned from other people?

Both of my children have been raised like this since birth, and are very health and happy kids who love to eat.  Our pediatrician is very supportive and when I told him that people question our choice, he responded with “Look at them.  I wish all kids were this healthy.”  Both my kids hardly ever get sick and are both good sleepers.  They both develop just like other kids, and my son, who is little over one year old, is a super solid boy who weights a whopping 27 pounds.  Neither of them eat a lot of sugar but rather feast on fruits and other natural goodies.
I totally understand there are vegan/vegetarian parents who have no clue how to feed healthy food to their kids and might put them at risk, but the same goes for meat eating parents.  We have a mix of vegan, vegetarian and meat eating friends, and I respect and believe that a plant based lifestyle is not for everyone.  I even have cooked meat for friends on special occasions.  So when people ask me, “What do you eat?” I respond, “FOOD.” 🙂
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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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