No-meat diet for kids? Advantages and creative ways to make veggie snacks

If you have a kid, then you must have a snack prepared and at hand especially in the afternoon, when they simply raid the kitchen and state the fact that they are totally starving. In this period, having a healthy snack at hand seems like a good idea, but you should consider the fact that having a balanced diet is essential for kids. Having too many proteins or too many carbohydrates influences the way your kid grows and develops, not only physically, but also mentally.

Oriental culture is well-known for its healthy lifestyle, which is based on the principle that prevention is better than treatment and although rumoured to be more time-consuming, it is just a matter of choice and by the end of the day, what matters is our children’s safety and well-being. We live in a developed society, where meat is considered to be an essential part of one’s diet, but apart from all the proteins and the nutritional values that meat has, it also contains toxic and allergenic substances in small quantities, which can damage the digestive system of your child if overused.

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Meat allergies are rated as uncommon in childhood, although they can appear in up to 1 of 20 children and they are often triggered by other allergies or external factors. One of the most commonly reported allergic association is the one between dairy, especially cow milk and beef. Beef allergens have been identified in a number of muscle and serum proteins, which are cross-reactive to milk or other mammalian meats but which can also be found in lamb, pork, venison, chicken and turkey.

Meat allergies are also closely related to tick bites, as a study from the University of Virginia has shown, so avoid bushy areas and take a shower as soon as you entered the house. Symptoms include anaphylaxis, cutaneous symptoms, namely angioedema, dermatitis, itching of ears, face, and hands, edema, rashes and urticarial; gastrointestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea and even vomiting and it can lead to respiratory diseases such as asthma or allergic rhinitis.

In these cases, being preventive is the best solution. A detoxification diet is highly recommended, especially for kids, so if you are searching for some tasty, fun to make veggie snacks, here are some ideas:

 Bean Burgers

For 6 medium burgers :

1 tin rinsed and drained pinto or kidney beans

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 medium carrot, grated medium

75g rolled oats – use either jumbo or porridge

10ml/2tsp olive oil

1 tbsp tomato purée

1 tbsp Dijon mustard (a mild type)

1 tbsp soya sauce

1 tsp ground cumin

 Preparation:

Fry onion and garlic until softened, then add the grated carrot and the spices (you can add other spices according to your kid’s taste) and stir fry for a minute or two. Mash the beans with a potato masher then add the oats, the mustard, the soya sauce and the tomato purée and mix it well. Add the rest of the fried ingredients and form the mix into burgers and fry gently until they get brown on either side. Serve with baked potatoes, in a bun or with salad to make a delicious meal.

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Bite-sized pizzas

For 4-6 mini-pizzas you will need:

1 ball of pizza dough

250 grams of mozzarella, chopped

1 cup of pizza sauce

 Preparation:

Press enough pizza dough into a muffin tin, then top it with sauce and top with a bit of mozzarella. Bake them for about 10 minutes in a preheated oven at 200ºC or until the cheese is melted and the dough puffed up. Let them cool before removing the tin and have a great snack.

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Tomato chips

You need:

2 large firm tomatoes, sliced thinly

salt

oil spray

Preparation:

Lay the tomatoes on a plate, add salt according to taste, let sit for 15 minutes then soak the moisture with a paper towel, flip the tomatoes and repeat the process. Spray a microwaveable plate with oil (olive oil is recommended), arrange the slices on the plate and spray them again. Microwave for about 5 minutes on one side (check them, as they should be getting dry and stiff) then turn the tomatoes and let microwave for another minute to get tasty, refreshing and creative chips.

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Creative way to eat cucumbers, or tasty salad dressing

You will need:

Salt

Lemon/lime juice

Green chilli

Cucumber slices (optional)

 Preparation:

Mix the salt, the lemon juice and the green chilli to create a dip for the cucumber or a salad dressing. Juicy!

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Yogurt popsicles

For 6 servings you will need:

One 32 oz container of organic vanilla yogurt

1 ½ cups of (any) frozen berries

6 popsicle moulds

 Preparation:

Layer the yogurt and the frozen berries by putting one spoonful of yogurt into the mould, then adding some berries and repeat the process until just below the top. Place the moulds into the freezer for 4 hours and get healthy popsicles your kid can enjoy any time of the day.

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 References:

http://www.livingwithout.com/issues/4_8/pediactric_allergies_qa-2019-1.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/meat-allergy-kids-tied-tick-bites/story?id=19265740

http://www.food-allergens.de/symposium-3-4/beef/beef-allergens.htm

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