If your family is vegetarian, you should worry that your child gets enough nutrients, necessary for the child to grow properly. A vegetarian diet should include:
- ● Vegetable proteins, such as nuts, eggs, vegetables and tofu.
- ● Energy for growth and development, which can be obtained from whole grains.
- ● Sufficient iron to prevent anemia.
- ● Vitamin B12.
- ● Vitamin D and calcium to prevent bone disease.
- ● Fats suitable unsaturated.
Consider the following tips:
- ● Consider the food and nutrients that are essential for your child, such as carbohydrates, vegetable protein, fiber, fat and vitamins, and minerals mainly.
- ● Teach your child from small to eat all kinds of food, you become accustomed to healthy eating from an early age.
- ● Include in your diet, whole foods, rather than refined.
- ● Combine low-energy foods such as vegetables with fatty foods. Olive oil and nuts are healthy alternatives, rich in healthy fats.
- ● It increases the energy value of food, using nut butters, avocado, whole milk products and oils.
- ● Offer your child three meals and two snacks offer him, mid-morning and mid afternoon, which can be fruit, vegetable drinks, nuts, and toast.
- ● Combine foods containing vitamin C with foods high in iron, because vitamin C enhances iron absorption.
- ● The healthy children who eat a vegetarian diet should be eating a nutritious alternative to a diet that includes meat.
- ● Vegetarian diets are likely to have a deficiency of vitamins and proteins, so care must be taken to provide all the required nutritional needs.
- ● The very young children and babies should not eat a vegan diet.