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Gr 9 Up—With a friendly tone and a ton of nutritional information, this guide will be easy for teenagers to digest. Warren's explanations of the various ways to go veg is neither preachy nor threatening. In fact, she encourages readers who are considering changing their diet to begin by participating in Meatless Mondays. Chapters include information on nutrients that are crucial to a healthy diet and what foods they can be found in for all types of diets (vegan, lacto-ovo, pescetarian). The book also includes types of restaurants with vegetarian-friendly options and an explanation of how to use the choosemyplate.gov resource to practice planning a healthy meal when cooking at home. As in most cookbooks, some of the recipes call for obscure ingredients. The best parts of this title include the author's philosophy that every person has the right to eat according to her own personal values, a section debunking myths about going vegetarian, and what a young adult should say to her parents if they are questioning her dietary choices. Unfortunately, this great resource will not be picked up by teenage boys simply because of the title.—Lindsay Klemas, JM Rapport School for Career Development, Bronx, NY

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A vegetarian herself since age 12, Warren knows the questions that teen girls ask and the arguments their parents raise when kids want to experience vegetarianism or veganism. Here, she offers sound advice for girls who are considering being or have chosen to go vegetarian or vegan and for those who waver about where they stand on the topic. She emphasizes the importance of balanced nutrition and takes girls through ways to include each nutritional element, vitamin, or mineral in their meal plan. Among the questions she addresses: How does a teen girl make wise choices in a school cafeteria? Or should one pack a lunch? When eating out, how can one make sure that no meat is lurking in what appears to be meat-free? She includes tips for finding restaurants when traveling; quality vegetarian organizations and related websites; and simple-to-make, appealing ­veggie recipes. The catchy, accessible text is broken up by generous topic headings and questions. Overall, a sound guide for any teenager, really, and her or his parents. Grades 8-12. --J. B. Petty
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 1260L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402284918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402284915
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rhiannon on January 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
While this book is geared toward young women, I found it very insightful and will suggest it to other demographics. I've tried to "go vegetarian" several times in my life but felt like I "failed" if I eventually ate meat. This book describes vegetarianism as a spectrum and helps you find where you currently are in your eating habits and gives advice for getting to where you want to be. I've read and seen documentaries where you are shocked, scared, or grossed out to the point that I have changed my eating habits but this book eliminates the theatrics and focuses on positive aspects. Warren dissects myths and provides information for the long list of questions that comes with eliminating / reducing meat in diets. The most common question is usually in regards to receiving adequate nutrients, especially protein. This book provides equations for figuring each person's daily protein intake, followed by a list of several foods with their corresponding protein value. Warren goes on to give multiple samples of what a day's food items might be and how they will add up to an appropriate amount of protein. I really liked the suggestions in this area (pitas with hummus or string cheese) because they weren't filled with elaborate or exotic offerings like many other vegetarian advice/cook books. A Smart Girl's Guide to Going Vegetarian has a great recipe section as well as references for further study. The book also handles such topics as eating disorders or how to talk to your parents about your decision to go vegetarian. The "talking with the parents" section gives valuable advice that can be incorporated into telling your friends and family, so although it is written for a young girl speaking to her parents, anyone trying to go vegetarian may be asked a lot of the same questions.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn R. on April 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
I have been a vegetarian for several years now, and I absolutely love it and will never go back to eating meat. However, being a vegetarian has it's struggles. A lot of times, I find myself eating the same meal 3-4 times a week (a veggie burger and vegetables). As much as I love veggie burgers, it can get boring eating the same thing over and over again. After reading Rachel's book, she has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities (and even provides recipes) for quick and easy vegetarian meals that I can follow to add some variety into my life as a vegetarian.

Secondly, another problem I face as a vegetarian is low iron. Rachel addresses this issue, as well as providing meal choices that are high in iron in order to assure vegetarians are receiving the proper nutrients necessary to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Overall, this book was great. It's directed towards teens, but is good for all ages!! Strongly suggest reading this!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Hodgin on March 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
I read this book when it was offered to me for review and I loved it. The information in the book is a great guide for those that want to stop eating meat or just give it up occasionally. The nutritional information is reliable and it really helped me understand the amount of protein you really need on a daily basis.
I've tried the recipes and they 'rock'. This book is written for tweens and teens but it is also for any age who would like to know more about the vegetarian (vegan) life style. It is non judgmental in its approach and does not try and talk anyone into giving up meat...just eating more healthy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gentle Reader on January 29, 2014
Format: Paperback
What a breath of fresh air! A non-preachy, non-judgmental, non-agenda-laden primer for young folks toying with questions about going meatless (or semi-meatless, or whatever, as the target audience might say:):)! I'm waaaaay out of the demographic, age-wise, but as a longtime vegetarian/sometime vegan, I bought this anyway, to have handy should any future grandchildren decide to limit their animal-flesh consumption. Fun read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KMP on April 19, 2014
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I appreciated the manner in which the information was presented. It was easy to read, easy to understand. I like that options were given to make meals as veg or vegan as you wanted. There were a lot of yummy recipes which made cooking healthier meals that were delicious easier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathrine E Gross on August 12, 2014
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Bought this for my friend's 12 year old daughter- she read it in a night and loved it! She has recently decided to not eat meat- but had yet adapted a healthy vegetarian diet (so she was living off garlic bread, crackers, and pickles basically) Wish I had this resource when I was a teenager. I'd say this a great book for anyone pre-teen through collage vegan, veg, pescatarian,-- or just looking to eat less meat/more plant based meals. Im 35 and studying nutrition and I enjoyed reading it too. Hope Ms. Warren comes out with a supplementary cookbook with pics- especially with more recipes that are easy to make for packed lunches, dorm rooms, etc. (also with suggestions for substitutions) Thanks :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Laack VINE VOICE on October 28, 2014
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There is a lot of really good information here, presented in a way that the target demographic (young women in their teens and twenties) is likely to find appealing and worth reading to the end. The author has provided solid information on how to get the best nutrition when considering giving up meat. Her explanations of various levels of leaving meat behind (with or without eggs, dairy, fish) are helpful, along with her separation of the kinds of planning each of these kinds of eating will require for complete nutrition. Better still, she gives the readers the option/freedom to sometimes indulge in a food that would not fit a strict vegetarian or vegan diet, especially helpful for those still hesitant about what could be a major change in their overall lifestyle.

All this said, I have some significant concerns. First, the frequent references to specific brands, restaurants and grocery chains made this feel at times like one long commercial. I guess this should not have come as a surprise for anyone who has reviewed her blog. The entries there run far more to reviews of products and eateries than to recipes and meals that can be prepared at home.

This product placement emphasis leads to a second problem: while Warren does reference some of the budget benefits that a vegetarian diet can provide, her overall recommendations and even many recipes are anything but economical. If an adolescent wants to try out being a vegetarian in a family of meat-eaters, the kinds of options presented here could be an added obstacle if that family is also working from a tight budget.

And then a personal problem with the overall approach here: Warren emphasizes that even young teens who want to begin a vegetarian lifestyle should have that right, and with that I don't at all disagree.
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