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8/20/19 4:46 P

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I love the idea of taking her out to dinner! She does like both Ethiopian and Indian food - I should get a good Ethiopian cookbook and learn to make it well.

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8/19/19 7:45 P

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No probs.
Another idea - buy her a veg*n cooking class for her birthday. Most people like food they prepare themselves and under a good teacher she'll learn a lot. As much as anything a change in perspective.

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8/19/19 7:41 P

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Thanks for the ideas. I hadn't thought about legume snack foods. I sometimes make spiced fried chick peas and she does eat those. She and I have had a number of conversations about nutrition - she is a competitive swimmer and values having a strong, healthy body, but the draw of junk food is pretty compelling and I'm not in a position to actually rumble with her over it (I'm not her parent). Maybe it's time for me to try rumbling with her dad...

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We drew a circle that took him in!
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8/19/19 7:39 P

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In terms of strategy, maybe take her out for dinner to an Ethiopian restaurant. There are usually heaps of veg*n options (but no cheese) so push the edges of her comfort zone a bit. Just possibly you can awaken her palate to flavours other than fat and sugar. Also Indian; there's a bit of cheese (paneer) in some dishes, and in some cases cream or butter, but it's pretty subdued.

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8/19/19 7:23 P

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If she likes dips then maybe explore that a bit: hommous, red kidney bean dip (maybe with cheese on it), etc.
Grains - maybe try doing a quinoa and rice mix, cooking times are about the same.
Sounds like she enjoys snack foods so there are things like crispy fava beans, savoury chick peas and so on (Trader Joes practically specialises in this stuff) that might fly. Also nuts are high in protein so work on that angle.
If she likes potatoes, maybe a baked potato with some veg*n protein mince and a pasta sauce (cheese on it!).
A 12 year old is mature enough to understand that candy, ice cream, etc are not every day foods but treats so might be worth having a battle or two to shake things up.
Overall it sounds to me like she is addicted to fat (processed cheese, ice cream, peanut butter, etc.) so unless you can dial that down she is unlikely to be satisfied by other foods (like legumes) which are low in fat. That includes fruit, which appears to be pretty much MIA. So that fat/sugar war just has to be had I think. Which is pretty much a summary of modern food :-/, so think of that as a useful life skill!

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8/14/19 12:30 P

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My favorite 12-year-old is a committed vegetarian because she doesn't want animals to die for her. My problem is she's not particularly interested in completing her proteins and I worry that she's doing herself some damage going into her final growth spurt without eating well. She'll eat processed cheese without limit, and will eat peanut butter and freggies in small quantities, but most of her diet is refined grains, potatoes, candy and ice cream. She won't touch tofu, legumes, or meat substitutes, with the exception of a white bean and artichoke heart and cheese dip I make. Maybe that's the key - sneaking small amounts of pureed legumes into other foods she already eats. Anybody else come up against this in the past and have suggestions for me?

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We drew a circle that took him in!
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