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me and my children have just recently become vegans and i need a little help on what i should feed them.

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kristinalbanese

Asked by kristinalbanese at 7:51 AM on Jul. 3, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • you didn't research this before hand? Being vegan is very extreme no diary, eggs, fish. Look for soy. Have you purged your house of all items containing animal by products? Most shampoos and cosmetics are not certified vegan. Most contain urea. Or fish scales. There are several vegatarian and vegan websites. Just so you know soy ice cream is gross. Good luck!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:13 AM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • I would first of all (if u havent already) check w/ ur kids doc to see what they have to say b/c it is an extremem diet. With that being said I dont have much help for u other then just look it up online I'm sure there are many sites & groups that u can learn from.
    Mel30248

    Answer by Mel30248 at 8:16 AM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • Doctors tend to know very little about nutrition. Flax seed, hemp oil, nutrtitional yeast and quinoa, as part of a a balanced diet, will get you all of the nutrtion that you need. Here are some great links to help you get started
    ï‚· http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/teen_veg.pdf
    ï‚· http://www.pcrm.org/news/release090402.html
    ï‚· http://www.nutritionmd.org/nutrition_tips/nutrition_tips_infant_nutrition/complete_nutrition.html
    ï‚· http://www.nutritionmd.org/nutrition_tips/nutrition_tips_infant_nutrition/index.html
    ï‚· http://www.pcrm. org/health/ veginfo/vsk/ food_groups. html
    ï‚· http://www.pcrm. org/health/ veginfo/vsk/ children. html
    Being vegetarian not about what I don't eat, it is about what I do eat. When asked how I get nutrition by not eating meat, I respond by asking how meat eaters get nutrition by eating meat.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:11 AM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • The Standard American Diet (SAD) is overloaded with protein, fat, sodium, etc.; and is "underloaded" with whole grains, fruits and vegetables. By the time I eat my recommended 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables (in at least 3 different colors), 6 servings of whole grains and two servings of legumes, and one serving of chocolate, I could not possibly make room for meat.
    I belong to a yahoogroup for parents of vegetarians; I would be happy to send you an invitation.
    There are lots of great vegetarian cookbooks at your local library; I would start with Pretend Soup, it is a kids cookbook from the Moosewood people. Anything by Drena Burton is great.
    The fake meats are very highly processed, and not very nutritritious. You will be much better off substituting beans, tofu, lentils, seitan, etc. for meats.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:12 AM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • recipe websites that I love are www.vegweb.com; www.veganyumyum.com, veganlunchbox.blogspot.com

    Feel free to contact me any time!

    Note to SAD eaters: by the end of next year, one half of American Children will be undernourished and overweight. One third will develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. A lowfat vegan diet is considered to be better for treating and preventing type 2 diabetes than the standard ADA diet. Meat is bad for the planet and bad for people...
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:16 AM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • There are plenty of healthy non meat or animal byproduct choices out there you are just going to have to look really hard and read all labels. They above poster is right that you find animal by products in the most odd places. a friend of mine is Vegan and has trouble sometimes but has found a health food store that carries everything she needs. From Soy Cheese to Rice milk. Calcium will be your big challenge because most added calcium is from oyster shells. So a lot of spinach and other dark green veggies are best for that among some beans. How hard it is to shop is dependent on how extreme you want to make it. Rice ice cream is great!!
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 1:41 PM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • As usual, rkoloms is full of great information :-)

    One of my favorite cookbooks is 'better than peanut butter and jelly' which is about 50% vegan and probably about 90% veganizable with products like soy cheese. Tons of kid friendly recipes which comes in particularly handy when they have guests over. Ultimate Uncheese has some yummy recipes for cheeses, both block cheese and cheesy sauces for pasta or really thick sauces for grilled cheese sandwiches.

    Really it's no different than being an omnivore when it comes to getting good nutrition. Make sure they get a good balance of protein, produce, and whole grains. Whole Foods sells a yummy tofu ravioli (not their own brand one, that's half cheese) which makes a great fast lunch for little ones. Marinated and baked tofu is another good thing to have on hand as is hummus, fast sandwiches or a good snack with crackers and carrots.
    RhondaVeggie

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 7:57 AM on Jul. 4, 2009

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