With quarantine being a time of reflection and introspection, it may be an excellent time to sensitise the kids to some important considerations when it comes to other people’s eating choices. There is a myriad of dietary options out there, but today we shall focus on movements that try to include more plant-based foods in their diet.
Even in the land of our ever-favourite comfort foods, pizza and hamburgers, a Nielsen Gallup Poll showed that 39% of Americans are trying to include more fruit and vegetables in their diet. And if you can spot a trend, you’ll know it is a thing in many parts of the world.
So, let’s gather the kids and ensure that they understand the basic principles of a few popular lifestyle preferences:
Vegetarians and Vegans
Even though you might know a few vegetarians, are you the one that is still secretly plonking that beef stock cube in the vegetable soup? They might not notice, but, to be fair, that is doing something behind a friend’s back (not cool man). Vegetarians and vegans have, for moral or health reasons, vowed to abstain from all forms of meat. So, if they are coming over for supper, make it a rule to serve them only legumes such as chickpeas, beans, lentils, soybeans and peas plus other veg, fruits and nuts.
Vegans DO NOT eat any animal by-products. So, it would be very considerate of you to check that you are not including ‘hidden’ ingredients such as mayonnaise (eggs), honey or gelatine if you have a vegan coming for dinner. Hardcore vegans even avoid clothing, furniture and other items derived from animals. This includes leather, wool and silk. It is interesting to note that some feed their pets a vegan diet too. Each to their own, we say.
Flexitarians (as the name implies) are more flexible in their eating habits. While they try and avoid meat and incorporate as many plants as possible in their diet, they could be persuaded to eat certain high-quality meats and animal by-products (like milk and cheese) now and then.
Then we get pescatarians, who are people who eat a vegetarian diet but also eat fish and their by-products. So when you’re cooking for this lot, make sure you make a stop at the fishmonger or just prepare a lovely vegetarian dinner.
PALEO + VEGAN = PEGAN! A pegan diet is based on the types of raw foods that were consumed in the Palaeolithic era some 2.6 million years ago. Those would have been unprocessed, fresh and organic foods. They eat only grass-fed meat but no grains, dairy, legumes, sugar, salt or coffee. And they generally do not drink alcohol.
There you have it. Whizz the kids through this quick guide to keep them one step ahead.
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