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    Help! Vegetarian daughter.

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    My 10 year old daughter has decided to become a vegetarian. She is still eating dairy & eggs. (Even tried explaining vegetarians that eat fish & sometimes chicken but got a no to that & eating ethically eg animals well treated & good lives)
    Does anyone know of where I can get well balanced recipes not packed with grains & beans?

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    Don't worry too much, she will likely outgrow it. When I was 12/13 I went vegetarian... of course I had no idea what I was doing, it only lasted about 9 months.

    If she is eating dairy and eggs there are plenty of options. Mark has several posts on the subject and there's a number of members who are still.

    I suggest not being pushy and just let her have her decision for now.
    Also consider talking to her about humaneitarian eating (only consuming humanely raised food) maybe she will be more willing to eat meat?

    (On being a humaneitarian | Humaneitarian)

    Look for recipes for gluten-free vegetarians (another growing trend)

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    Beans are great.

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    Well, if you are into sabotage you can cook bacon alot:

    Why Bacon Is A Gateway To Meat For Vegetarians

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    When my daughter was 12 she decided to go vegetarian. I told her I'd support her IF and only IF she did her research and could tell me what a well-balanced diet would be. She actually did that, and I supported her. I made the regular dinner for the rest of the family, and she and I worked out what her protein substitute would be.

    About 10 months later she quit because "that steak just smells SO good!"

    Even though your daughter is only 10, you can make her partly responsible for ensuring she has all the nutrients she needs. I'm positive that there are vegetarian nutrition books out there for kids.

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    It's all good. It could be a phase that she'll grow out of, but meanwhile she can still eat a well-balanced diet if you help educate her on nutrition. For a long time last year, I was vegetarian mysełf because I got sick of meat. Greek yogurt was my go-to for protein.
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    As long as she's eating plenty of dairy and eggs for the time being, there's no worry. Red meat, heck even muscle meat in general, is honestly NOT required for longevity and health.
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    The Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon. Get it from your library if possible, as it is HUGE.

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    10? My kid don't get to pick their own foods till they are 18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by statikcat View Post
    Beans are great.
    Sure.... as a third world protein source

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