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#1 Old 10-11-2015, 12:45 PM
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Meat substitutes for a 10 mo baby

We currently have a 10 mo old baby in daycare and in order for us to have him eat vegetarian we might need to provide some meat substitutes for the daycare to use as a replacement. We are currently listing tofu, egg, and cheese but I want to make sure they have something else on hand in case they cant use egg, tofu and cheese for a specific meal. Any meat substitutes out there that are low in sodium and decently healthy for a baby?
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Why not give them low sodium canned beans or if frozen is ok freeze cooked beans in small portions. At that age my son loved kidney beans and chickpeas plain.
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Hard-boiled eggs? Yogurt? Crackers & hummus? Chickpeas seem like they'd be a great finger-food for tiny fingers. ;-) Oh, and Babybel cheeses are SO adorable, fun to eat, super tasty, and have NO ANIMAL ENZYMES! I love 'em! I'll occasionally make a snack for myself of a hard-boiled egg (sliced in half, spread with hummus) & an original Babybel. =)

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why would you need to give meat substitutes?
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At that age I would stick with tofu (uncooked, mashed, or soft, no fried) and mashed beans. I might also do some high protein soups like lentil and pea soup. But I would not be giving meat analogs.
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I would go with tempeh. It's less processed than tofu.
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Chickpeas seem like they'd be a great finger-food for tiny fingers. ;-)!
I would be afraid that chickpeas might be something a 10 month old baby could potentially choke on. And that they might cause baby to be gassy and feel bad (i felt like a little motor boat being propelled by gas the first time I ate chickpeas, lmao). Maybe partially mashed chickpeas? : )

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I would go with tempeh. It's less processed than tofu.
How so? Tofu is just coagulated soymilk. Tempeh is a fermented cake of soybeans. I would say they are both "processed" but in different ways.

Tempeh is much more firm that tofu and could be a choking hazard.
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I would be afraid that chickpeas might be something a 10 month old baby could potentially choke on. And that they might cause baby to be gassy and feel bad (i felt like a little motor boat being propelled by gas the first time I ate chickpeas, lmao). Maybe partially mashed chickpeas? : )
I did baby led weaning with ny son so he was great with soft finger foods at that age. Beans are nice since they are small and don't have to be cut up.
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How so? Tofu is just coagulated soymilk. Tempeh is a fermented cake of soybeans. I would say they are both "processed" but in different ways.

Tempeh is much more firm that tofu and could be a choking hazard.
Yes, it's more firm; but it can be smashed to pure in food processor.

"Less processed", I mean that tempeh is made through a simpler process than tofu (whole unprocessed soybeans are fermented with mold). Thus, it is higher in protein, fibers, and vitamins, compare to tofu.

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Yes, it's more firm; but it can be smashed to pure in food processor.

"Less processed", I mean that tempeh is made through a simpler process then tofu (whole unprocessed soybeans are fermented with mold). Thus, it is higher in protein, fibers, and vitamins, compare to tofu.
It's true that tofu has some of the fiber of the soybeans removed. This can actually make it more digestible for some people. Tofu remains a good source of protein (http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/protein#table3) and also a good source of calcium if it is calcium set. I would argue that both tofu and tempeh have essentially equal value as protein sources in a balanced vegetarian diet, and tofu has the added advantage that no special equipment is needed to mash it for a baby to eat.
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and tofu has the added advantage that no special equipment is needed to mash it for a baby to eat.
I have a slightly different opinion on tofu vs tempeh subject, but it's fine.
I just saw your comment about "no special" equipment is needed for tofu, and wanted to notice that when you have a baby then food processor is one of the most useful kitchen gadgets. I just remember when my kid transited to solid food, I could not imagine my life with no food processor. But it looks like off-topic now; my apologies.
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In Kerala, India, Hindu babies eat mother's milk for first five mos. At 5 mos. they have their first rice ceremony where they eat solids for the first time. After the ceremony they eat what adults eat. They adjust spicy heat incrementally until about age 2 or 3. BY then Indian toddlers can eat hot chilis that would make a white man have a stroke.

Anyway, My wife designed a simple meal plan for a local daycare center in Austin. It is a vegetarian daycare (also prohibits refined sugar).

You can view it here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

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