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#1 of 3 Old 12-05-2012, 10:00 AM - Thread Starter
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Is this enough variety for a teen girl? Here are all—and the only—things she’ll eat:


Quesadillas with cheese and sometimes Quorn or tofu
Broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, or kale
Cheese pizza
A bowl of cereal with almond milk

Salsa or guacamole & chips
Sandwiches with hummus, cheese, or baked tofu (sometimes will eat chickpea salad)
Crackers or bread with cheese, hummus, or another dip
Eggs and toast
Fruit alone or dipped in peanut butter
Banana and almond milk smoothies


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It doesn't look horrible, no - I'd say it's probably pretty reasonable (I take into consideration that omni teens don't have a load of food variety either).  A multivitamin would probably be great, regardless.



I'd say work at making sure the extra-good veggies and salsa/guac is getting eaten in a pretty significant way at least 3-4 times a week, and that fruit is daily.  


Does/will she do things like put steamed asparagus on the hummus/cheese sandwich?  Getting her used to doing things like that as much as possible is, imo, ideal for a teen vegetarian (and other veg people too, anyway, for the sake of getting a wider variety of foods that actually have vitamins and not ending up with cheese pizza by default all the time).


Will she eat black beans/black bean dip?  Cause that would probably be a good addition (beans of any kind, really - I only notice hummus and the chickpea salad).  Even canned prepared chili beans that are vegetarian (an early vegetarian favorite of mine, actually - I'd heat them with either cheese or sour cream on top for an easy meal and have tortilla chips on the side as a teen).

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I think she could definitely be talked into adding some veggies into her sandwiches. She only does roasted, and I think it's a texture thing for her. She doesn't care for steamed vegetables or soups, for example. She could do chips and salsa daily, so I might look into various fresh salsa recipes.


Black beans...haven't tried that, but I'll bet there is a black bean salsa recipe ;)


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