We’re ordinary parents of vegetarian children who have spent a lot of time reading up on and researching the best ways to make sure our children have a healthy diet. Although there is a lot of information out there, it’s usually sandwiched in amongst other information about either children in general or vegetarians in general. We decided to create a resource that would make it easy for other parents of vegetarian kids to find the information that they’re looking for in one place.
Since our own children decided to become vegetarians we’ve been researching veggie nutrition, looking for new animal free products to try and trying to find different ways to make vegetarianism fun for them, and this website is our way of sharing these with you.
Though we don’t always get it right, keeping our children healthy and happy is a priority for us, as it is for all parents, and we believe that vegetarian children can be just as healthy and happy (if not more so) than those who eat meat.
Some people view a vegetarian diet as one that is lacking, but we think nothing could be further from the truth! Since they became vegetarians we have found that our children have been so much more open to trying new and exciting foods and combinations and actually eat a far more varied diet than they did beforehand. They’re not lacking in any vital nutrients either, as there are plenty of plant-based options to provide what healthy growing kids need.
Our children’s decisions to become vegetarians have opened up a whole new world to us too. Although I was a vegetarian myself from age 16, I lapsed in my twenties, and my husband has always been a confirmed meat eater. In experimenting with new vegetarian recipes for our children we found we really enjoyed this way of eating and now the whole family mostly just eats vegetarian food at home. I’m sure we’re a lot healthier as a result as well as our kids!
One thing we also feel strongly about is that our children shouldn’t feel deprived just because they have strong beliefs about meat eating. We’re very proud of their decisions to become vegetarians and want to support them in any way we can, not only nutritionally but also in terms of fun. We’ve gone out of our way to find veggie sources of the foods they used to love before they became vegetarians, as well as treats such as veggie marshmallows and gummy sweets. We plan to keep them involved in the Vegetarian Kids website too, mostly as taste testers!
If you have any suggestions or feedback about our website, we’d love to hear from you. Please also visit our Vegetarian Kids Blog where we share thoughts and ideas about raising vegetarian kids – we’d welcome any tips or comments from vegetarian parents on there too.
Louise and Shaun