Another concern regarding a vegetarian diet is obtaining sufficient protein. However, many plants are complete proteins, which means they contain all 20 amino acids. These foods include quinoa, buckwheat, and hemp seeds. Most foods alone are not complete proteins, but if you consume a variety of legumes, green vegetables, beans, nuts, and grains throughout the day, you will meet your protein requirements.
In addition to your child eating a well-balanced vegetarian diet, it is important to supplement with B12 since this vitamin is predominantly found in meats.
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