Hemp-clad, malnourished, sandal-fanatics, bearded, animal-hugging and lentil-munching hippies; these have been the troll images of vegetarians for a long time. Luckily, millennials and more health conscious and aware, and people are challenging these stereotypes. With celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Monami Frost and others embracing vegetarianism, this once referred to as extreme and unnecessary, or 'taking it too far' lifestyle has now launched millions upon millions of hashtagged Instagram, and Twitter feeds. There are the #vegetarian life, #benevore, #sanivore, and #beaumangeur posts trending every day.
With this ‘vegetarian lifestyle’, kids can get in with the movement, and it can pose some hard times especially for non-vegetarian or newly vegetarian parents. However, you need not worry. Nothing is ever impossible. There are some tips you can follow to make your kids’ vegetarian wishes come true.

Become a Part of the Fastest Growing Lifestyle Movement, Vegetarianism with these Simple but Effective Tips

According to a commissioned research by some group studies, about 40% have adopted the vegetarian way compared to the 20% ten years ago. Vegetarians have even become the most popular group on social media; people admire them, and there has been a significant cultural shift in that sense.
There was another discovery that showed that 42% of people aged 8-34 are slowly adopting this incredible lifestyle. Therefore as a parent, you need some guidelines to help your kids enjoy their new found way of life.

Ensure that your kids have three plant-based protein foods a day. Include some lentils, beans, tofu and soya mince. These are some of the plant-based foods that are rich in protein, and they assist you in the building and repairing of cells, and they also offer your babies with the nutrition needed to grow.

Make sure you do not fill up your kids with fibre. Fruits and vegetables are without a doubt substantial in your child’s diet. Unfortunately, they are low in calories, and they do not provide your babies with enough energy to engage in their favourite activities. You need to invest in avocados and hummus that are excellent for energy-rich meals to include in a vegetarian diet. An easy way to get them to eat these alternatives is to package them as delicious snacks, put together a picnic and take a walk with your kids in their stroller (or a bike ride) to the park. Making it into an adventure is more likely to get your child’s buy-in.

You also need to ensure that you include some peanut butter in your kids’ meals. Peanut butter makes for an incredible source of protein, and they are full of calories. So, if your baby does not have a nut allergy, feed them some peanut butter. You, however, need to remember that you need not give nuts or peanuts to children unattended if they are under five years old because they can choke on them.

Iron helps in the making of haemoglobin which carries oxygen around your kid's body to cells thus making it a vital nutrient. So you need to whip up some iron-rich meals which feature foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli or okra.

Since the body does not efficiently absorb plant-based irons, having some Vitamin C increases the iron-absorption process. With this in mind, give your child a tangerine or Satsuma after their meal. You can also get them a small glass of well-diluted orange juice.

Focus on offering your child Vitamin B12 since they play a role in nerve function, and help in building DNA and red blood cells. Eggs are full of vitamin B12, and you need to ensure they are on your vegetarian diet plan.

Want to have some healthy snacks? Try some yoghurt and cheese since they are high in calcium and protein, and they also make excellent snack options to include in your child’s diet. Sam from Moving Babies suggests that If you can make it part of their routine – such as a snack when they’re in their car seat, it makes it a bit easier for you.

You need to also consider including chickpeas, lentils, and fortified breakfast cereals since they are iron-rich and are a fantastic option to include in a vegetarian diet. However, you need to be mindful of the brand of breakfast cereals you choose because some are high in added sugar.

If you are not sure about the number of vitamins you give your baby every day, try giving her some vitamin drops daily until she is five.

Milk is another excellent meal option. It is full of calcium, vitamin D, and protein, and boosts your kids’ bone development.

Kids and teenagers are now more aware of environmental issues, and they are trying to make changes for that reason, which includes opting to be vegetarians. So, you as a parent need to encourage them through implementing these food recommendations. You will not only be helping them in their course but also saving up on hospital money because they will be as healthy and active as an ox.
Be the cool parent and say yes to vegetarianism!

Author's Bio: 

Jessica is a road sports enthusiast and journalist. She is enthusiastic about attending events like an offroad car and motorbike racing. Jessica is both thrilled with seeing this types of competition and capturing such moments on her camera. She spends her free time building her own custom motorbike as a hobby.