Tip of the Day
Feeding Your Green Teen
This month, vegetarians everywhere are celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month. A growing number of children and teenagers are proud to consider themselves part of this group. If your child or teen does not eat meat, work with him or her to make good choices from the variety of foods that are considered vegetarian.
- Sit down with your child to create a shopping list full of nutrient-rich foods that your child enjoys and have those foods on hand for portable snacks.
- Plan dishes that your whole family can enjoy, so your vegetarian child feels included at the dinner table.
- Serve foods that can be either a main meal for your vegetarian family member and a side dish for those who are not.
- Talk about healthy vegetarian options at restaurants so your child is prepared to make good choices when out with friends.
If your child or teen decides to be a vegetarian, support his or her decision and work together to develop a meal plan that continues to promote growth, health and a healthy weight.
For more information about feeding your vegetarian child, consult a registered dietitian in your area or visit our Vegetarian Lifestyle page.
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