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Initial considerations for a vegetarian toddler’s health and nutrition

This is Elke and she has more or less nominated herself a vegetarian.

I’ve exposed her to everything, fish, chicken, meat and with the exception of bolognese she doesn’t seem to want a bar of it…I’m not worried and nor would I call her a fussy eater. She knows what she likes and it looks a lot like this.

The kid chows into whole vegetables like they’re the best food ever and to be honest I tend to agree. She doesn’t miss nutrients because she loves plant food more than animal oriented food, we tick all the boxes (nutrition is my vocation so if we weren’t I’d be worried).

She still has dairy each day and eggs throughout the week but that’s somewhat the extent of her animal oriented food selection. Some might have kids that are same and feel their refusal of meat fussy but maybe it’s because we’ve been so programmed to think meat is essential that our kids need it too.

Children can THRIVE on vegetarian and vegan diets when they are WELL PLANNED.

You absolutely need to plan their protein, iron, calcium, B12, DHA and Vitamin D intake and without that knowledge and the foods to do so,  without planning they’ll be at risk of nutrient deficiencies.

If this is your child and you don’t feel well equipped with the tools to map out a balanced diet for them then please book in and see a health practitioner to support yours and your child’s health and nutrition.

The team of nutritionists I’ll refer to whilst I’m not currently in clinical practice are:

Brittany Darling @wholefoodhealing

Plant based Juniors @plantbasedjuniors

 

 

Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline is an Accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner specialising in family and early childhood nutrition and gut health. She writes for several media publications, hosts a regular nutrition segment on Channel 7 and in 2016 published her first book, "Seasons to Share" (Murdoch Books). Jacqueline is passionate about working with corporations and brands to support and educate their community and audience and is currently a media spokesperson and ambassador for Remedy Drinks, Eimele Australia, Woolworths, Kitchenaid and Nutrition Director at Bondi Bubs Wholefoods. She is mum to Jet and outside her working hours you'll find her with her family in the surf, on the beach, or out and about in nature.

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