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Raising Vegetarian Children: A Guide to Good Health and Family Harmony [Paperback]

Joanne Stepaniak , Vesanto Melina
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1 Nov 2002
This book is a responsible, compassionate guidance and sound nutritional advice for parents of vegetarian kids. 'A must-have for anyone who understands that how we feed our children says a lot about who they will become' -John Robbins, author of the bestsellers "Diet for a New America" and "The Food Revolution". 'Ultimate guide for fit, healthy families ...required reading for every parent - whether vegetarian or not!' - Jay Gordon, M.D., FAAP, pediatrician and author of "Good Food Today", "Great Kids Tomorrow". Vegetarianism is more than just a dietary decision; it's a lifestyle choice. But establishing that lifestyle within the bounds of ever-changing family dynamics can be a challenge.Perhaps you're a new parent concerned about imposing your vegetarian lifestyle on your baby, or you may be the head of a meat-eating family confused by your child's recent decision to become a vegetarian. With the compassionate, authoritative advice in "Raising Vegetarian Children", every parent - regardless of his or her dietary preference - will discover how to achieve healthy harmony in a vegetarian household. With nutrient-rich recipes for everything from breads to spreads, enticing entrees to delectable desserts, you'll meet and even exceed your child's dietary requirements. These veggie meals will smooth an infant's transition to solid foods or soothe the most finicky teen palate.In addition to nutritional needs, you'll learn to address the social and emotional aspects of vegetarianism, including: helping your child cope with pressure to conform to a standard diet; ensuring that school officials, caregivers, and relatives abide by your child's dietary wishes; dining out in nonvegetarian restaurants and celebrating traditional, meat-eating holidays.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary; Reprint edition (1 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0658021559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0658021558
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 783,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Responsible, compassionate guidance and sound nutritional advice for parents of vegetarian kids

"A must-have for anyone who understands that how we feed our children says a lot about who they will become."
--John Robbins, author of the bestsellers Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution

"Ultimate guide for fit, healthy families . . . required reading for every parent--whether vegetarian or not!"
--Jay Gordon, M.D., FAAP, pediatrician and author of Good Food Today, Great Kids Tomorrow

Vegetarianism is more than just a dietary decision; it's a lifestyle choice. But establishing that lifestyle within the bounds of ever-changing family dynamics can be a challenge. Perhaps you're a new parent concerned about imposing your vegetarian lifestyle on your baby, or you may be the head of a meat-eating family confused by your child's recent decision to become a vegetarian. With the compassionate, authoritative advice in Raising Vegetarian Children, every parent--regardless of his or her dietary preference--will discover how to achieve healthy harmony in a vegetarian household.

With nutrient-rich recipes for everything from breads to spreads, enticing entrées to delectable desserts, you'll meet and even exceed your child's dietary requirements. These veggie meals will smooth an infant's transition to solid foods or soothe the most finicky teen palate. In addition to nutritional needs, you'll learn to address the social and emotional aspects of vegetarianism, including:

  • Helping your child cope with pressure to conform to a standard diet
  • Ensuring that school officials, caregivers, and relatives abide by your child's dietary wishes
  • Dining out in nonvegetarian restaurants and celebrating traditional, meat-eating holidays

About the Author

Joanne Stepaniak, M.S. Ed., is the author of The Vegan Sourcebook, Being Vegan, and nine other vegetarian cookbooks.

Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian and the coauthor of Becoming Vegetarian, Cooking Vegetarian, and Becoming Vegan.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Typical "nanny knows best" approach 18 Aug 2010
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I found this book extremely patronising and written in a style that left both myself and my wife (teachers) putting the book down after 5 minutes.

The author rambles through annecdotes and personal reflections and the book feels like it was written to massage her own ego.

If you are interested in the health benefits of a vegetarian diet and how it can impact on your kids, you would be better suited to searching the internet.

Glen Gilchrist
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful guide to parenthood in general 17 Jun 2011
By Rachael
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I thought this book was very insightful. It helped me as a vegetarian parent reflect not only on the many difficulties we face in a society that is not always comprehensive, especially from our inner circles (criticism from concerned family members about our children needing meat to be healthy). It also talks about how to deal with the many daily problems a family can face like school lunchtimes, outings, dealing with adolescent vegetarians even if the parents are not, birthday parties etc. On a whole I felt this book was a great guide that doesn't only apply to vegetarians....it can be used as a guide to help understand and deal successfully with any dietary problem, and it even gives you many things to think about on raising our children and being a good parent. Things we know but don't always think about until we read them.

I'm sure I will consult it again
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive guide to raising vegetarian and vegan kids 27 May 2003
By Melanie - Published on Amazon.com
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Joanne Stepaniak and Vesanto Melina have created a much needed resource to serve parents and families, caregivers, and medical practitioners alike. After a thorough introduction discussing all aspects of vegetarian food and life choices (emotional, community, and psychological), the authors give a sound nutritional introduction. They then offer advice chronologically, beginning with nutrition for breastfeeding moms and continuing through introducing solids and feeding picky teens. The authors take a very down-to-earth approach, offering advice for parents of kids who are feeling alienated, or who want to eat meat away from home.

Each stage of life has different nutritional concerns. Stepaniak and Melina address the stages with age-specific menu plans using recipes from Part 3 of the book. The authors begin Part 3 by giving some helpful cooking recommendations for new or aspiring "healthy" cooks. There are many easy-to-prepare, kid-friendly recipes, replicating non-vegetarian favorites. Not all recipes have a 100% whole foods approach, and some include ingredients like "veggie dogs" or "veggie meats." The recipes range from beverages and breakfasts to snacks and entrees. All of the recipes include nutritional information, even the desserts. The book also has a very well organized index that makes it easy to pick up and find a piece of useful information. Raising Vegetarian Children ends with a large resource guide and bibliography, so those who want to dig deeper also know where to go.-- Reviewed by Amy O'Neill Houck
53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vegetarian Bible 19 Feb 2003
By Mimi G. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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Raising Vegetarian Children, A Guide to Good Health and Family Harmony, by Joanne Stepaniak and Vesanto Melina, is a comprehensive guidebook that provides a practical plan for making sure your child's diet is nutritionally adequate. The first two hundred pages are devoted to the basics: ethics, family and relatives, being different, eating out; Vegetarian Nutrition 101 addresses the Total Vegetarian Food Guide, which is a vegetarian's answer to the tired meat and dairy-laden food pyramid. Nutritional needs for all age groups from birth to teens are addressed in precise detail, from nursing moms, supplements, picky eaters, and finger foods, to "the unique needs of teens," including nutrition for athletes, healthy skin, body image and eating disorders. Over one hundred pages are devoted to kid-friendly recipes such as Fabulous French Toast, Cheez-A-Roni, Crispy Tofu Fingers, French Bread Pizza, Fajitas, Tacos, Oven Fries, German Chocolate Cake, Fruit Popsoycles, over 20 sandwich spreads/fillings, and my 13-year old vegan daughter's favorite, The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. The vegetarian community has long awaited this primer, and like all other books by Stepaniak and Melina, this one does not disappoint.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I use it every day! 7 July 2004
By Fred's Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a vegan, and a mom, it's important to me to pay careful attention to my children's nutritional needs. This book is FULL of great information and meal ideas. I have learned TONS from reading it, and it has earned a place on my kitchen counter! :c)
A must-have for all vegetarian parents or parents of vegetarian kiddos.
P.S. You MUST try the FlaxJacks- they are to *die* for! :c)
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really great book for anyone who is raising a veg kid, whether having just begun or long time vegetarians. 31 Aug 2006
By Long Time Vegetarian, Shorter Time Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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I am really impressed with the thoughtful ways that the authors have addressed raising vegetarian children in our culture. I am familiar with other books by both authors and so I surmised that the book would be about a pure vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, though those who include dairy and eggs in their diet will absolutely benefit from reading this book (nor is there any preachy tone about different choices). The authors have done a great job of helping find ways (some creative, some straightforward) to deal with family concern/conflict over diet and there is extensive nutritional information which is laid out in a readily comprehensible manner. The recipes are great- I hadn't expected so many recipes to be included with this book and I am grateful that they have been. My son and partner have loved everything we've prepared from this book! (Try the Tri-Color Quinoa Corn Salad!!) Growth charts...advice for ages infant to teen...comprehensive information on every page-- all written in a friendly and intelligent way. I highly recommend this book as an excellent resource for families raising vegetarian or vegan children of any age.
75 of 92 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should be called "Raising VEGAN Children" 26 April 2006
By Julia Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very disappointed in this book b/c it really is written for vegan children, not ovo-lacto vegetarians. So to me, this book was pretty useless. The concentration was on how to get the needed nutrition without meat or dairy. It is much easier to get what you need on an ovo-lacto diet, but there was really almost NO info on this in the book. I feel that the book description and reviews have been very misleading.

In any case, if you are vegan, this book would be great for you.
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