Having a hard time to come up with some healthy vegetarian meals for kids?
Here are a few that some kids I know like:
tacos with home made tomato sauce and white beans, risotto with mushrooms and lemon (use organic rice), pesto pasta, sweet potato soup and all kinds of vegetable soups and much more…
Also, if you are a little creative you can even take almost any recipe and remove the meat and add something else instead.
Good subs for
meat are beans, chickpeas, lentils, cauliflower, mushrooms or tofu. I'm
not such a huge fan of tofu myself but many people love it.
But really, no worries! You can make anything from Italian food to Vietnamese food and no meat will be needed. I always cook vegetarian and actually even vegan.
On this Nutrition for Kids website you will find ONLY vegetarian recipes. As a matter of fact, all recipes are both
vegetarian and vegan. Go
ahead and look through all the healthy vegetarian meals for kids I have for you here on this site.
Some parents ask, but is a vegetarian diet healthier? Well, not eating any meat is much easier on the digestive system and definitely good for most of us.
And eating more vegetables as a result of starting to eat this way, is def good for the whole body.
Also, this was quite interesting: one major study shows that not eating meat is better for the colon than a diet that includes meat.
So your kids most probably won't
have to worry about for example colon cancer when they grow up. Eating this way also seems to be
better for the heart!
Often those who grew up as vegetarians make healthier choices in other parts of life too, which adds to good health. Like not smoking for example. But this depends of course. We sure all hope our kids will be wise when it comes to stuff like smoking and alcohol.
So far it looks good with my son, he is 15 and shows no interest in experimenting with those things yet. Hope it will stay that way.
Kids love spaghetti and
pasta, right? So a traditional tomato sauce with for example some added
black lentils would make a very nutritious meal.
easy meal without meat that most children like would be a vegetable
curry and potatoes. If you want to add
something cream-like to the curry, just add coconut cream or a little
Broccoli in the
oven with salt and coconut oil tastes good too!