We are raising our baby to be a vegetarian. What proteins are acceptable alternatives to meat?
Frequently Asked Question.
If you decide to raise your baby as a vegetarian, carefully consider the proteins and whole grain combinations you serve your little one.
Meats, eggs, nuts and seeds are the only forms of complete protein. Complete proteins are those that contain all 9 essential amino acids, essential to proper development and growth.
Legumes and beans are great protein alternatives, although they are “incomplete” - meaning they lack at least one of the 9 essential amino acids. While these proteins are very healthy on their own, be sure to combine with whole grains to ensure your little one is eating a complete protein.
Please consult with your pediatrician if you are considering putting your little one on a meat-free diet.
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