Kids and a Vegetarian Diet

For those with children, getting your kids to eat right is a goal of any parent. However, there are some people in the world who question letting a child become a vegetarian. I find that this option is one in which kids are going to benefit from greatly, as there are many health benefits to kids eating a vegetarian diet. And better yet, the younger that kids start with this healthy lifestyle, the more likely they are to stick to this lifestyle.

With this being said, let’s look at the facts:

  • Those who eat a vegetarian diet are more likely to have lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels as they age
  • The chances of obesity are decreased, which is a huge problem right now with children in the United States
  • Some studies have shown that the chances of cancer are reduced due to how many vegetables and fruits that vegetarians eat

Why wouldn’t you want your kids to be reaping these benefits as soon as possible? The worries of not getting the proper nutrition with a vegetarian diet can be put to rest, as there are tons of food options that will ensure a safe and balanced diet.

Ideas for Meals for Children

If you are going ahead with the idea of giving your children foods that fit in with the vegetarian diet, then make sure that these are dishes that the kids are going to love. Just because your child is eating a vegetarian diet does not mean that he or she has to give up some of the childrens loved favorites. For example:

Use tofu hot dogs at a birthday  party

Serve veggie burgers for a cookout

Have fresh, cubed fruits ready for snacks, along with a few carrot sticks

Serve soy milk to kids for calcium and protein

The list is really endless, and your child does not have to feel as though he or she are missing out on the foods that are out there.

Try These Recipes

If you want meals that are vegetarian, yet are still going to be kid favorites, you can’t go wrong with these options:

Southern Mac and Cheese


You will need:

  • 1/2 pound of elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 large eggs or egg substitute, depending on your diet
  • 1 cup of half and half
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 slices of bread, white that is torn into bits

Cook the pasta as you are supposed to, while cooking whisk together the cheddar cheese, eggs, half and half, garlic, sale and some pepper. Then add this to the drained pasta.

Take melted butter and combined with the torn bread in a food processor, until it becomes crumbs. Then put this mixture on top of the pasta, with sprinkled cheese. Bake at 350 until the cheese is nice and golden, about 20 minutes. And then serve!

Mini Deep Dish Pizza

You will need:

Pizza dough, either homemade or bought, separated into 6 pieces

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese

1 large tomato chopped

Any vegetables that you wish to put on the pizzas

Grease muffin pans with oil, then press the separated dough into these muffin tins. Afterwards, sprinkle the cheese and tomato onto the bread, then add your desired vegetables. Sprinkle more cheese and tomato onto the toppings, and then bake at 450 degrees for around 12 minutes. Kids will love these individualized little pizzas!

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A Vegetarian Life and Makeup

Being a vegetarian is a more of a lifestyle choice, and a way of changing your life. Most people view this type of life as one in which you simply choose not to eat meats and products that contain eggs or meats. And in those lifestyles that are more extreme, the person may not eat dairy since this does come from animals. But, a vegetarian diet is more than just what you eat, it is about embracing a lifestyle that is not going to damage other living creatures in the world. That is why, vegetarian makeup is a huge issue for many women, who may  not even realize that their old makeup is going against their lifestyle.

Do You Know What’s In Your Makeup?

There are several animal products that are contained in regular makeup on the shelves, and most women are unaware of just what they are putting on their skin. A few examples are:

  • Anti-aging skincare products have methods of boosting collagen synthesis, but this is often made from rooster combs
  • The collagen in products are made from chicken feet and ground animal horns
  • Glucosamine that is meant to even skin tone is produced from chicken bone marrow
  • Elastin products come from the neck ligaments and aortas of cows
  • Fish scales are what gives your shampoo and other products that shining effect
  • Whale vomit was often used in perfumes, and a few manufacturers still use this today

Every year, tons of animal products are used to produce makeup, shampoos, perfumes, conditioners and the like. If you are true vegetarian, then this should bother you. The good news is that you can find vegetarian makeup or vegan makeup that is made from pure ingredients that are found in nature.

Vegetarian Makeup: What To Look For

When you are looking for vegetarian makeup, you are wanting to find makeup that is made from plants, botanicals, and minerals (give them a chance, try free samples of bare minerals). In addition, you are going to want to look at how these ingredients are grown and where they are found. For example, you want plants that are grown without pesticide, as these pesticides can linger and then absorbed by your skin.

Always look at the company and if they state that they make their products without the use of animal and animal by products. If the company does not state this, then you may want to reconsider. Most companies who are offering vegetarian makeup to the market are going to proudly  display their techniques and are ready to tell people of how they do this. This is one of the appeals of buying from such a company.

There are more and more companies that enter the market everyday in order to offer the world a vegetarian or vegan make choice. You will find that with all the choices, there is no reason that you have to stop your way of life to get the makeup look that you wish to have.

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No Bake Vegetarian Desserts That Wow

Those who are following a vegetarian diet will want to ensure that they are following these guidelines with their desserts, just as much as their main food. Surprisingly, many desserts are going to have ingredients in them that can go against the vegetarian diet.

I have made quite a few desserts that are all vegetarian friendly, and better yet, many of these are so easy that they can be done in a few minutes and served to an amazing reception.

Peanut Butter and Jam Nanaimo Bars


These bars are going to have a bottom, middle and top layer that you are going to want to keep straight so these come out delicious. Ingredients for the bottom layer include:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 flax egg
  • 1 1/4 cup of peanut butter graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup of almonds
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • The middle layer ingredients are:
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy butter
  • 1/3 cup of strawberry jam
  • 1/4 tsp of kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup of peanut butter, smooth
  • The top layer ingredients include:
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 4 ounces of dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips, whichever you prefer
  • Shredded coconut to garnish the top

To make this no bake dessert, you will want to take an 8 inch pan and grease this. Then start with the bottom layer. Mix the egg and set aside. Then in a pan, whisk together the butter, cocoa, and sugar. Make this into a sort of syrup, then add the egg into this and stir well. Remove from the heat and then add in the coconut, almonds, and graham crackers. You will want to mix this and then press this into your pan.

Next, mix together the ingredients for the middle layer, minus the jam until this is very smooth. Then spread this with a spoon onto the bottom layer. Once this is layered, then put the strawberry jam onto the top of this mixture. Place the entire pan in the freezer so the mixture with set.

For the top layer, mix the chocolate chips in the microwave until these are melted and smooth. Remove the pan from the freezer, then put this onto the mixture. You can add the coconut at this time as well. Then freeze this for about an hour.

Afterwards, this can be stored in the refrigerator to keep the dessert stiff.

Double Chocolate Torte


This dessert is impressive and very tasty, for those who love chocolate. The crust will have these ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp of kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 2 cups of pecans
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

You will want to oil a spring foam pan so that the crust does not stick, then crumble the pecans in a food processor to a medium mixture. Then add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse these together. Add this mixture to the spring foam pan, and be sure to press this into the pan firmly. Put this pan into the freezer while you are working on the mousse.

The mousse of the torte is going to have these ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of almond milk
  • 2/3 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder
  • 2 cups  of avocado flesh
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of melted chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt

In a food processor, combine all the ingredients except the melted chocolate chips and mix these until they are smooth. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, then mix this in with the ingredients in the food processor.

Afterward, place the mixture on top of the crust that you have removed from the freezer, and smooth this out as much as possible. Place the entire pan back into the freezer for at least two hours to set. Afterwards, you will want to keep this in the freezer in a sealed container.


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A Vegetarian Diet Full of Protein

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Becoming a vegetarian is a big step for many people, and it changes your whole life. It is not uncommon for people to talk about how much more energy they have now, along with how they have lost some weight. However, there are many that bring to question just how a vegetarian is able to get the protein that their bodies need to function. It is important that any vegetarian diet include enough sources of protein to survive. There are dangers in not eating enough protein.

The main danger of not having enough protein in your diet includes being under nourished. This under nourishment can lead to:

– Being underweight

– Dry skin

– Fragile hair

– No energy

– Digestive issues

– No immunity

– Rashes

– Protruding stomach

Those who do not eat protein, or do not eat enough of this can find that the long term effects can result in physical disabilities, mental disabilities, coma, shock and even death.

However, just because you are a vegetarian does not mean that you have to become under nourished when it comes to protein. There are plenty of foods that are going to keep with the vegetarian lifestyle while still offering you protein, that you greatly need.

How Much Protein Do You Need

There is not a set number on how much protein you need to intake. This varies from person to person, depending upon the body weight of the person. The American Medical Association has stated that a person who is 18 years of age and older needs to intake 0.8 g of protein for every kilogram of their body weight.

Vegetarian Foods to Eat When Wanting Protein

There are several foods that you can eat that are going to offer the protein that you so desperately need in your body. These foods include:

– Green peas, about one cup of these will contain around 7.9 grams of protein. Even eating these blended into something else, will still give you the protein that you need.

– Nuts are a great source of good fats and protein. Be sure to choose those raw or dry roasted nuts to ensure you are not taking in more calories that what you really need.

– Tofu is often used as a meat substitution for vegetarians, and it is packed with protein. It can be thrown into any dish, as it does not have a taste.

– Eat your greens, such as spinach, broccoli and basically any other green vegetable out there. These are packed full of proteins that are going to be helpful to your body.

Even if you do decide to eat a vegetarian diet, you are going to find that you can have enough protein without resulting to eating meat. There are several vegetables and other foods that are going to aid in getting the protein that you need for your body. There is no excuse why anyone should feel as though they are not getting enough protein when on a vegetarian diet with all of these yummy options.


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3 Easy Recipes for a Great Vegetarian Lunch

Many people are under the assumption that when you live a vegetarian life, that cooking foods is rather hard and will result in limited food choices. However, that is just not the case. There are several foods that are easy to make, and are a great way to have an incredible lunch, without worrying about going against your vegetarian lifestyle.

Eggplant and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

These sandwiches are yummy, and a great, light meal that can be used for lunch or just a light dinner. These are filling, and simply to make. The ingredients that you will need are:

– Eggplant slices about 8 of these, cut 1/2 inch thick

– 2 teaspoons of olive oil

– Large red bell pepper, or pepper of your choice color

– 2 slices of ciabatta bread, or the bread of your choice

– 1 cup of baby arugula

– 2 tablespoons of pesto

– 1/8 teaspoon of pepper

– 1/4 cup of soft goat cheese

To fix this sandwich, you will need to broil the eggplant slices. Once you have these sliced, brush each side with the olive oil and place on a foil lined backing sheet. You will want to also slice the red bell pepper and place this on baking sheet as well. You will want to broil these for 4 minutes on each side, though you do not have to turn the bell peppers.

After an additional 4 minutes, remove the eggplant, and let the pepper broil for another 7 minutes. After the pepper is removed from the broiler, remove the skins after these have cooled.

Take the bread and broil this for a few minutes until they are lightly browned, and then spread the pesto onto the sides of the bread, then add 2 slices of eggplant, some bell pepper and repeat the process.

With the arugula, black pepper and remaining olive oil, make a sauce, and then put this into the sandwich. Put the goat cheese on the sandwich and serve.

Goat Cheese Pizza with Your Choice Vegetable

This is a great pizza that you can make at home for lunch or even save this for dinner. The ingredients are:

– 1 pizza crust, refrigerated works great

– 1 cup of mozzarella cheese

– 3/4 cup of goat cheese grumbled

– 1 garlic clove, minced

– 1 1/2 teaspoon of thyme leaves

– Your choice of vegetable, a few to try include mushrooms, potatoes, red onion, bell peppers, or spinach

To do this, first roll out your pizza crust, then add your mozzarella onto the crust. You can then add your vegetables onto the pizza. Note, some people like to cook the vegetables before adding to the pizza, just to ensure that these are not super crunchy. If you choose to do this, saute these for a few minutes before adding to the pizza.

You will then evenly place the goat cheese and garlic over the vegetables on the pizza. Bake this for 15 minutes or until it reaches the brown color you like in the oven at about 450 degrees.

Upon getting this out of the oven, sprinkle the thyme onto it. Then cut into pieces and serve!

Baked Ziti with Veggies

This is a great lunch recipe that is going to serve the entire family. Better yet, after making this you can refrigerate it, and it tastes just as good the next day. This is perhaps one of the bet recipes to make during the summer, with all the veggies that are found in gardens.

The ingredients include:

– 4 ounces of uncooked ziti

– 1 tablespoon of olive oil

– 2 cups of yellow squash, chopped

– 1 cup of zucchini, chopped

– 1/2 cup onion, chopped

– 2 cups of tomato, chopped

– 2 garlic cloves minced

– 1 cup mozzarella cheese

– 1 large egg, beaten

– 1/4 cup of ricotta cheese, part-skim

– 3/4 teaspoon salt

– 2 teaspoons of oregano

– 2 tablespoons of basil

To cook this, make the ziti as you always would. Then go ahead and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. After you have chopped all the vegetables, saute the squash, zucchini, ad onion in oil for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato and garlic and continue to saute for 3 minutes.

Combine the sauteed veggies with the pasta and then add in the mozzarella and herbs. In a separate bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, egg and salt. Then stir this into the pasta.

Put this pasta in a dish and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

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