When Cassie over at Love Me Vegan posted this list of Daily Nutritional Requirements, I decided to take the time to analyze something I’ve been wondering about for a while–the nutritional content of what my kids are eating. As it turns out, it is pretty easy to meet the daily requirements, and people that question our decision to steer clear of most meat and dairy are off-base.
I have a 1-yr old and a 3-yr old, so I’ve used the figures for that age range. Before anyone gets uppity about meals not being “balanced” or something, I didn’t want to skew my results, so I just used a standard day, rather than trying to be “super-healthy.” I looked at total calories, protein, calcium, and vitamin B-12, since those are nutrients that people always assume vegans are lacking.
Morning Glory Muffin
1 cup Naked brand Green Machine Smoothie
2 Chocolate Zucchini mini-muffins
1 cup soy milk
Fruit squeezie pouch
2 tbsp sliced black olives
Hummus on whole wheat crackers
Raw pumpkin seeds and cashews
Pretzel sticks with natural peanut butter
Soy yogurt w/ wheat germ
Result: At the end of a standard day, my kids have consumed more than 1,300 calories (recommended daily is 1,000-1,400) and more than 30g of protein (recommended is 13g). Daily calcium and B-12 requirements were easily met, and that was before I gave them their daily multivitamin.