Even now that I have several years under my belt with a vegetarian child, I still worry about what she eats. I suppose as a mother we never stop worrying but what we worry about changes as they get older. Thankfully I don’t have to worry whether she is napping enough, whether she’ll cry when I drop her off at school or if her friends will play with her at recess. Those days are long gone and my worries have shifted. Now they are more along the lines of how will she do on that math exam, will that pimple on her face go away before the weekend and obviously, is she eating properly.
When it comes to eating properly as a vegetarian I think my biggest worry is whether or not she eats enough protein. I know protein is easy to get on a vegetarian diet but if you don’t eat the vegetarian sources of protein then you may not get enough. Is she eating tofu, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds on an on-going basis? Well, no she is not.
Protein is so important and does so many things and is so necessary for a growing body I worry that eating macaroni and cheese, pizza and banana chocolate chips muffins (homemade of course) is just not going to be enough. I am not a fan of protein powders and I can’t be sure my daughter is going to drink a smoothie every day anyway. She just isn’t predictable. One day she loves something I prepared, the next day she hates it.
The one thing I do know is that my daughter absolutely loves her yogurt, chocolate yogurt that is. So for days when I doubt whether or not she has eaten enough protein, I’ll suggest her favourite snack. Hey, it’s not always ideal but we make it with 2% plain Greek yogurt so she gets lots of protein and calcium.
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