Should your kids be vegetarians just because you are?
The subject of vegetarian kids gets controversial for those who feel that cutting meat out of their kids' diets deprives them of nutrients. But given the recent massive meat recall, many Moms are second guessing giving their kids beef. Vegetarian Jill Arthur plans to raise her children vegetarian until they're old enough to make their own food choices--citing moral reasons. "I won't kill animals to eat them or for any use. To me, they are living beings with their own rights," she says.
Whether you're a vegetarian or just cutting back on meat, Jill's got some easy tips for dinner time:
- Get your honey on board: Jill is lucky to have a meat-eating hubby who supports her choice to raise the kids vegetarian. Without this agreement, mealtime can become a war zone.
- It's all about the protein: Protein is critical for growth and development. Jill swears by beans, eggs, soy protein, tofu dogs, and chickenless nuggets. Of course, pushing fruits and veggies is always encouraged.
- Get 'em involved: Make vegetarian eating fun by letting kids make their own pizza. Simply blend steamed veggies, put them in your tomato sauce, and let your kids choose their toppings.
- Go for the staples: When all else fails, serve pasta with parmesan cheese.