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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