Category Archives: Vegetarian parenting
Those of you who visit our Facebook page may have seen me mention that I had recently tried chia seeds. I’d first heard of them a year or two ago when I read the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (one my favourite books ever), but assumed they were the sort of exotic ingredient that would be very hard to source.
However I recently read Eat and Run (can you tell I’m into running?) by Scott Jurek and saw them mentioned again so decided to find out more. It turns out they are available in the UK and that they are ideal for vegetarians as they are very high in Omega 3 fatty acids. They are also high in fibre, antioxidants and phytonutrients, are a source of protein and are gluten free. Continue reading
I’m usually completely obsessive about checking food labels, but every now and then I forget and it’s always these times that an undesirable ingredient sneaks in…
Every now and then my kids get an idea in their heads that they want to try some new food or other. Sometimes it’s because of an advert they’ve seen, other times because Bart or Homer Simpson eat it (yes, really) or perhaps a friends at school has told them about it. Whatever the reason, all these foods have one thing in common: they are junk. I’ve not yet had any requests to try a new and exotic vegetable or fruit they’ve heard about, oddly enough. Continue reading
You may have noticed that I didn’t post at all on the blog last week, but I do have an excuse. My in-laws moved nearby Hastings recently and we made the most of half term to visit them as well as some of the nearby countryside and towns. The weather was kinder to us than we expected, with only a few droplets of rain to contend with.
We spent some time in Lewes (which was very close to where I will be walking 100km shortly for Trailwalker – there are some very sobering hills there…) and a lot of time in Brighton, where we almost ended up on TV when walking past the anti monarchy protestors over the Jubilee weekend! Continue reading
I realised when I was buying my groceries the other week that we eat a lot of veggie sausages in our family! I’m not sure how I feel about this, as I’m not convinced about how good they are for us, though they do provide good protein and are at least much healthier than meat based ones.
They’re just such a convenient stand by for those days when I haven’t planned ahead and I just want to get everyone fed as quickly as possible with a minimum of fuss or moaning. Vegetarian sausages are one of the foods that everyone in the family really loves, they cook from frozen in 10-15 minutes and they’re really versatile too. Continue reading
There are some great resources on the internet for parents of veggie kids, and this week I thought I’d share some of my favourite vegetarian blogs with you.
I’m a big fan of blogs, particularly those where you feel like you are getting to know the personalities behind them. It’s always nice to see what other parents and/or vegetarians are getting up to!
Those I’ve listed below are some of the ones that I like enough to follow on my iGoogle home page, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Continue reading
Since we started this website and blog I’ve “met” some really great people, including visitors and other bloggers and I really enjoy chatting to other parents about having vegetarian kids. I’ve also found some other brilliant websites (which I’ve added to the sidebar so you can visit them too!) Continue reading
Most people assume that vegetarian kids love vegetables. Unfortunately that is soooooo wrong… Both of my boys decided to become vegetarian because they didn’t like the idea of animals being killed for them to eat, but only one of them actually likes his veggies.
My other son is not at all a fan. There are only a few vegetables he likes, such as peas, raw carrots, cucumber and lettuce, but that’s about it. His idea of a nightmare meal is a veggie stirfry! (At least he has a sense of humour about it though, as he wants this t-shirt.) Continue reading
I mentioned last week that my boys were turning eleven and having a small party to celebrate. We just had a few kids over on Friday and then a couple of them stayed for a sleepover, so it wasn’t too stressful once all the food was prepared. Luckily at this age they pretty much amuse themselves (there was a Wii championship going on at one point), so I didn’t have to worry about party games or entertainment.
The food went down very well. I served up pizza, vegetarian sausage rolls, a variety of sandwiches, chopped carrots and cucumber amongst other things, as well as all the usual unhealthy snacks and desserts that are required at kids’ parties. Continue reading
This poem by Benjamin Zephaniah is a particular favourite of my sons, and is very appropriate at this time of year so I thought I’d post it here for others to enjoy Continue reading
When one of my sons first decided to become a vegetarian it was just meat and food containing animal products that he was bothered about. However as time passed he became concerned that he might be viewed as a hypocrite for wearing leather shoes and asked me to stop buying them for him. By this time his twin brother had become vegetarian too.
At the time I struggled to find vegetarian children’s shoes that were suitable for them to wear to school. There were several online shops selling vegetarian shoes but most were aimed at adults and the few that were for kids were too casual or colourful.
We ended up buying cheap shoes from a shop in our local high street, which didn’t contain leather. I wasn’t particularly happy with this though. They were very cheap and so I presumed they were probably made in a sweatshop overseas somewhere. Continue reading