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Child Vegetarian Problems

So it seems like I have created a monster with my conversion to vegetarianism. My little sister who is 12 years old has decided to follow in her big brother's foot steps and become a vegetarian as well. That is all fine and great but she does not like anything plant based which is a key to vegetarianism.
My sister is one of the worst eaters I know. Before, she would only eat meat and bread and no veggies. Now she is only eating bread and quesadillas. She does not like any beans, any vegetables and she is going to wind up malnourished. My mother has explained to her that she is not eating properly but as you know kids are stubborn especially this little one. She wont even listen to me when it comes to eating right. I don't know what to do about it.

Any people experienced with kids like this that want to offer some advice on this important matter?


Fri. May 23, 2:15pm

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my son was the same way, at first you may have to doctor the veggies quite a bit, lots of cheese and dips, also have her participate in the preparations. We are now growing our own garden, every day we water he gets very excited about his plants, and we talk about what we will make with them.
Also make sure you have lots of variety. He is a long way from perfect but everyday we are getting better.

Friday, May 23, 2008, 2:43 PM

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If you can afford it, some of the meat substitutes are definitely worth buying. Fake burgers, dogs, chicken nuggets, ground beef, etc.

This does not, of course, address the nutrients that only fruits and veggies provide. Does she at least like fruit?

Friday, May 23, 2008, 2:53 PM

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I think she eats a banana here and there but that is about it.

Friday, May 23, 2008, 3:39 PM

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My kiddos are vegan, and it was tough when we 1st 'converted'. Try to get her to drink smoothies, especially green smoothies! There are TONS of recipes online, and you can easily pack in tons of vitamins and nutrients and cover the veggie tast with fruits/juices.

Friday, May 23, 2008, 3:52 PM

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Try mixing in veggies into her favorite foods that are bread-looking. Like add diced onions, broccoli, carrots, and peas into brown rice and mix. Make a sandwich with whole wheat bread and put avacado, cucumber and some italian dressing inside. Lasagna with eggplant and lots of other veggies inside. There are lots of ways to slowly sneak veggies in. I know a mother who bakes veggies into her cookies and breakfast breads. Good luck!

Saturday, May 24, 2008, 1:03 PM

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