It seemed impossible that one might mimic the feel and taste of smoked salmon with a crunchy, sweet root veggie. Until we gave this recipe a try. Summer travel season is here, woo hoo! Sharon Palmer, RDN, the Plant-Powered Dietitian chats with us about avoiding labels when it comes to plant-based eating, keeping the conversation positive, and making various dietary preferences work in one family without a chef on staff! Between ads on the radio, Facebook, and TV, and in the windows of coffee shops, it can be hard to avoid these seasonal beverages this time of year. For many the word brings up some great memories; drizzled on a bowl of oatmeal, a huge spoonful to go in tea, honey cake for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
More and more adolescents are eating a plant-based diet. As the only vegetarian in his family, he says adapting to this change and finding meat-free food in the house sometimes can be a challenge, but he wants to remain a vegetarian for the long haul. Western is part of a growing trend of teenage vegetarians who seem to be leading the way to a more healthful manner of eating in their age group. The reasons youngsters are making this change also have shifted over the years. For Western, it was an article published by the Sierra Club regarding the carbon footprint of meat that caused him to think about making the switch.
Serving healthy meals for your family can be a challenge if a family member, particularly a teen, decides to become a vegetarian. To support your teen's food choice, you may need to find new ways to prepare some family meals. Involving your teen in making his or her own meals can help them learn how to cook and prepare a nutritionally balanced meal.