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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Help! My Teen Wants to Be a Vegetarian

By Megan S. Willman

For many teens, an interest in becoming a vegetarian is more than a passing fad. A true commitment to health and social justice concerns can form the start of a life-long commitment. But for a parent it can pose overwhelming changes in the kitchen and at the grocery.

The Vegetarian Resource Group has the guidance and resources to help any parent feel prepared. Of particular value is the section called “Vegetarian Kids, Teens, and Family,” where one can find answers to frequently asked questions, useful recipes, and helpful hints such as the following:
  • Support your child. It may be a fad but don’t discredit the genuine interest he or she has in making a positive change.
  • Eating vegetarian is not about cheese pizza and pasta. A good diet consists of loads of veggies, fruits, beans, and nuts. 

  • Encourage your teen to read books such as What Comes After and Omnibo. A full list of helpful books is available here.
  • Stock your kitchen with nutritious vegetarian options but remember the whole family does not have to make the same commitment.


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