I’m looking for resource recommendations. Anyone know of any good, up-to-date, teen-oriented vegetarian resources? Advice on EASY food choices, clear daily guidelines, and basic nutritional science will probably be most useful.
My sister’s SO’s 16-year-old daughter is smart, idealistic, beautiful, tall, skinny, and just now precariously tiptoeing along the eating-disorder cliff. She’s recently become a vegetarian (I’m not sure what her reasons are). She’s an athlete, specifically a runner. She’s scaring her loved ones by talking for the first time in her life about wanting to be a model, obsessing about her weight, etc. She tried being a vegan for a month or two, but dropped so much weight and felt so listless that she let herself be talked out of that for now. Even so, she still complains of being tired all the time, and it seems clear she needs some nutritional support. She does seem interested in learning how how to eat well.
This girl’s parents aren’t vegetarians. My sister is a not-quite vegetarian who still eats fish and even occasionally chicken. My sister, knowing me for the research geek I am, has asked for books or websites she can show the kid to help her eat better.
I’m not a vegetarian, but I hate cooking meat, so most of my cookbooks are veggie-oriented. I recommended Recipes for a Small Planet and Laurel’s Kitchen as helpful reference books - in particular the Small Planet section on combining foods for whole proteins seems applicable. However, these are such hippie-era oldies that I doubt a teenager is going to find them very attractive!
Most important, this kid needs advice on how to eat more than on how to cook, if that makes sense. The adults in her life will be thrilled to cook good meals for her, but kids these days (darn 'em!) eat without adult supervision an awful lot, and when on their own, I don’t think they make casseroles.