Welcome to the website of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Our mission as the leading authority on vegetarian diets is to provide tools from evidence-based research to plan all types of vegetarian meals. We want to share information for all age groups, and fitness levels that will promote health and well-being based on the latest research.

Beat the Heat with a Frozen Fruit Treat

frozen fruit treat

Frozen fruit such as grapes, blueberries, and strawberries make a delicious and nutritious treat during the warm, summer months. They are an excellent replacement to sugary popsicles and the flavor is all natural! Preparation is the key to properly freezing … Continue reading

Farmers Market Pockets

Farmers Market Pockets

Summer is the month for harvesting the fruits of labor from a busy spring and summer growing season. This crispy pocket recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy a small “bounty” of vegetables. Continue reading

Got Enough Protein?

This vegetarian meal offers enough for an individual to meet nutrient needs as well as support good health.

Does a vegetarian diet provide enough protein? Continue reading

Picatta without the Chicken

Vegan "Chicken" Picatta

Hungry for a bit of chicken picatta, but don’t want to “ruffle the feathers” by using poultry? Seitan is a vegan protein source made from wheat gluten. Seitan is more chewy and springy than other meat alternatives, making it a … Continue reading

Baked Bean Couscous Salad

Baked Bean Couscous Feature

When summertime rolls around and everybody is pulling out their favorite BBQ side dishes I like to reach back to one of my favorite comfort foods from college days – baked beans and couscous. Continue reading

What Plant Foods Provide Iron?

vegetarian iron

Are you finding enough iron in your vegetarian diet? Do you know what foods help your body absorb the iron you eat? Should you take an iron supplement? Iron deficiency anemia is a worldwide problem and often vegetarian and vegan … Continue reading

Summertime is Bean Time

Pinto bean salad

Beans can make up a good part of a vegetarian’s diet yet now that it’s summer, we often forget about them. Typically we allocate beans as the protein in soups, chili and creamy, hardy dips, and lose sight of how delicious they are chilled in hot weather dishes. Continue reading

Do vegan children get enough iron?


Discover how vegetarians can find adequate iron in plant foods and how vitamin C enhances the body’s absorption. Continue reading

Can a vegetarian get enough protein?

bean salad vegetarian protein

Vegetarian and vegan diets provide adequate protein when menu planning focuses on how much your body needs and which plant foods provide this essential nutrient. Protein is made of amino acids which are the building blocks for our muscles and many other structures in the body. So it is important to consume a wide variety of protein-rich plant foods in meals and snacks throughout the day. Continue reading

Why should you drink soy milk?


As a teenager you are probably not thinking about breast cancer, but research suggests that women who ate the most soy before and during their teen years have a lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who eat little soy. Continue reading

Chocolate Velvet

Chocolate Velvet

We return to Canada to feature this sensuous and creamy dessert. The secret ingredient, avocado, makes it thick and rich, yet avocado cannot be detected in the flavor, so you can play a guessing game with tasters. Continue reading

Celebrate Spring with a Spicy Mexican Salad


May is a great time to celebrate the growth of new, green shoots of life in gardens across the country. Spicy Mexican Salad by Brenda Davis, RD, and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD, is a wonderful, raw salad that features delicious sprouted lentils. Continue reading

Does eating a vegetarian diet help you live longer?

garden fresh vegetables

Research reveals that when a person chooses to follow a vegetarian diet they may find it reduces the risks of many chronic diseases. Does that mean you can reverse Type 2 Diabetes? Heart disease? High Blood Pressure? Continue reading

Five Tips for Creating Meatless Family Meals


Discover how easy it is to feed your family meals without meat with these five easy tips. Continue reading

Transitioning to a Plant-based Diet

Ratatouille Pasta Bake

Add more plant foods to the mixed meals you are eating. Shift the balance of plant and animal foods toward more plants – the ones you already eat and love. Continue reading

Vegetarian Diets in Pregnancy

pregnant vegetarian

Can I continue my vegan diet during pregnancy? I’m vegetarian and pregnant what can I eat? Making great food choices during pregnancy is vital for all women.  This includes eating a variety of foods, which are full of nutrients and … Continue reading

Are soy foods safe to eat?


Discover how to include tofu, soy milk, edamame, veggie burgers and tempeh into a healthy diet. Continue reading

Did you know that soyfoods can reduce the symptoms of menopause?


There are many misconceptions about soyfoods, but numerous research studies confirm that soy is safe. Soyfoods like tofu, soymilk, miso, and tempeh provide significant amounts of isoflavones a plant chemical that offers health benefits beyond the nutrients in food. Continue reading

Are you really eating for two?


The concept of ‘eating for two’, while probably well intentioned, has confused countless pregnant women. Let’s see what’s behind it. Continue reading

Entertain Them With Beans

Sweet & Spicy Bean Dip

Looking for a new recipe? Tired of the same old bean dip? Try this recipe featuring Great Northern beans. Continue reading

Entertaining with Avocado

Fall Coleslaw and Open Face Sandwich

When it comes to dressing up your dishes this holiday, go green (use avocados)! Although 82% of the avocado’s Caloric content is derived from fat, the majority of that fat is monounsaturated. The avocado is also a good source of potassium and vitamin C. Continue reading

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup

When the weather starts to turn cool, it’s time to “turn up the heat.” This spicy twist on a traditional soup adds a kick to an otherwise sweet soup. Continue reading

Share the Harvest

butternut squash

October in the upper Midwest is usually the time for final fall harvests from the garden. The last of the tomatoes are gathered and processed. Herbs are cut and dried. Apples of all varieties are picked for snacking enjoyment. Annual trips to corn mazes are planned and taken and golden trophies are carefully chosen and carried or carted from the pumpkin patch. Continue reading

Crunch into Crispy Collard Chips


Tired of snacking on potato chips? Need something to munch on during the day without adding a lot of Calories to your diet? This crunchy recipe is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
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Pina Colada Grilled Dessert

Pina Colada Grilled Dessert

Add some sweet pineapple to your grilling line up this holiday! Continue reading

Peach and Raspberry Slush

Peach and Raspberry Slush

Summer is the time to celebrate the bountiful harvests of the bush berry and tree fruit seasons. This combination is a refreshing drink that has a little zing to it because of the ginger. Continue reading

Be Like the Squirrels and Go Nuts!


Take a lesson from the squirrels and save some room for nuts in your diet. Continue reading

Early Summer; Garlic Scapes


One of the delights of visiting your local farmers market is to observe the march of produce across the months, throughout the year. Each season provides an opportunity to discover extraordinary varieties of ordinary fare. Garlic scapes, with their wildly twisted shapes are a perfect, early summer example of this. Continue reading

Breaking the Fast

cereal with fruit

Why is breakfast important? What is the best breakfast? Learn more about this important, yet often overlooked, meal. Continue reading

Cranapple Fruit Soup

Cranapple Fruit Soup

Tired of the same old winter soup? Looking for a healthier, sweet food this winter season? Try fruit soup. Continue reading

Boost Your Fall Palate with Colorful Dishes


Many seasonal gardens are dying back for the year; however this shouldn’t limit your palate to dull dishes. Excite your taste buds with two colorful and flavorful plates. Continue reading

Beat the Heat with a Frozen Fruit Treat

Frozen Fruit Treat

Frozen fruit such as grapes, blueberries, and strawberries make a delicious and nutritious treat during the warm, summer months. They are an excellent replacement to sugary popsicles and the flavor is all natural! Preparation is the key to properly freezing … Continue reading

Avocado – a Fruit to Enjoy!


If you eat a whole avocado with orange-colored tomato sauce or raw carrots, the absorption of carotenoids, plant pigments that convert to vitamin A, is enhanced. Continue reading

Vegan/Vegetarian and diagnosed with Celiac Disease (CeD)*?

gluten-free grains

Eating a plant-based diet with CeD means your body has zero tolerance for gluten which is found in plant foods that are also rich in protein. Wheat, rye, and barley are common in vegan and vegetarian diets but for optimal health a person with CeD must avoid them. Continue reading

Triple Your Fruit, Triple Your Benefits

Triple Berry

This summer, triple your benefits by combining the fruits of this season.This triple berry recipe is a family favorite and is packed full of vitamin C, potassium, phytochemicals, and of course, flavor! Continue reading

Healthy vegetarian travels


Dialing up our weekly call, Suzy client laments, “I’m on a plane so much this week, how am I supposed to feel good about my body?”  Having more frequent flyer miles than a pilot, she knows full well the effects … Continue reading



Looking for a fun and refreshing way to welcome spring into your menu? Why not try a sorbet! Sorbets are fun and easy to make. Continue reading

Liquid Gold Dressing


Two tablespoons of this dressing provides your days’ supply of omega-3 fatty acids, along with 80 percent of your vitamin B12, and tastes great on baked potatoes, rice, steamed vegetables, and pasta, as well as salad. Continue reading

Hints on Herbs


Tired of boring, tasteless meals? Try herbs! Continue reading

What do you feed a vegan toddler? Can a vegetarian preschooler get enough protein?


Toddlers and Preschoolers want to eat what their parents eat.  It is essential in these early years to establish healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. A vegan or vegetarian diet can provide all the protein, calcium, iron, and other nutrients needed by your growing child.  … Continue reading

Sprouts: Super, Simple, Nutritious and Healthy

alfalfa sprouts

What will grow fast and easy in any climate? What requires no soil or sunshine to grow? What provides an easy to prepare food that offers numerous nutrients and health benefits? Sprouts! Continue reading

Finding Fiber in Whole Foods


Perhaps you’ve noticed the current focus on fiber in foods; occurring naturally or being added. It seems we should all agree that fiber is a good thing, right? Continue reading

Give Me the Flax

flax seeds

Many of us hear about the health benefits of adding flax to our diets, but how do can that be accomplished. Of course it depends on your lifestyle, but since mine is pretty crazy I’ll give you some suggestions: First, … Continue reading

Food Art for your Palate

food art palette

We are often told that we “eat with our eyes.” Some recipes are enticing just looking at them. Continue reading

Beans by any other name are cancer fighters


Eating beans everyday can reduce your risk for breast cancer. Learn how this small addition to your daily diet can keep you healthy. Continue reading

Fruity Rice

Fruity Rice

Rice is a staple for breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the world. This simple, easy to prepare dish is a flavorful way to get your day started and allows for many different variations. Continue reading

It’s a fruit…it’s a vegetable…it’s a fungus!


Although people don’t often associate the word “fungus” with gourmet cooking, mushrooms can make a wonderful, tasty, and healthy contribution to one’s daily diet. Continue reading

Incredible, Edible Garlic


Garlic has been used as a medicinal herb for many years and has received some attention in the past as a possible functional food for lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, although much research still needs to be done to prove this. Continue reading

Buckwheat Molasses Cookies

Buckwheat Molasses Cookies

Make this season’s baking even more flavorful by substituting some of the all-purpose flour in your recipes with other flours. This recipe calls for the use of buckwheat flour. Continue reading

Spice Up Your Meals


Tired of bland, boring food? Spice up your meals this month with two great recipes from our Vegetarian Nutrition DPG Recipe Contest. Now is the time to try new recipes to spice up your meal routine. Continue reading