Is a Vegetarian Diet OK for Kids?

Is a Vegetarian Diet OK for Kids?

Parents of preschoolers and school-age children often wonder whether a vegetarian diet is appropriate for their youngsters.

Well-planned vegetarian diets — even a vegan diet — can supply all the nutrients that children require for their growth and energy needs.

Parents should pay special attention to children's calcium and iron intake. If your child doesn't eat any meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy foods, be sure to find good food sources of protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D and zinc.

A registered dietitian nutritionist can help you develop a healthful vegetarian eating plan that's right for your entire family.

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  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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