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.


What Plant Foods Provide Iron?

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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

Vegetarian Diets in Pregnancy

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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

Beans by any other name are cancer fighters

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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!

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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

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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

What is zinc? Why do I need zinc?

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Zinc is widely available from many types of foods, so deficiency is rare in North Americans including vegetarians. The problem arises from phytate, a compound found in grains, nuts, and legumes that reduce our body’s ability to absorb zinc from these foods. Continue reading

Liquid Gold Dressing

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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

Are soy foods safe to eat?

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

Step-by-Step Tips on Becoming Vegan

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A recent Harris Poll found that 47% of Americans eat at least one vegetarian meal a week. Are you one of this growing number of people interested in eating more plant based meals? Continue reading

Beet Winter Blues Away With Salad

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Celebrate the end of winter by combining these winter and spring fruits and vegetables into a crunchy salad. Continue reading

Be Like the Squirrels and Go Nuts!

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This holiday season take a lesson from the squirrels and save some room for nuts in your diet. Continue reading

Spice Up Your Meals

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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

A Feast for Two

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Tired of going to restaurants? Looking for a less expensive and healthier way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Why not go Mediterranean?! Celebrate Valentine’s day by going back to its Greek and Roman roots. Continue reading

Breaking the Fast

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

Are you really eating for two?

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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

Layered with Love

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This Valentine’s Day treat the ones you love with a little Mexican style parfait. This dish includes three layers – a savory bean and mushroom layer, a smoky red pepper and corn layer, and a refreshing tomatillo-avocado salsa. Not into the parfait look? This dish can also be “wrapped” with love in a tortilla. Continue reading

Quick Fare for Busy Families

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Busy families wanting to make healthy last-minute meals need to keep staple ingredients on hand. 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

Healthy vegetarian travels

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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

Fruit of the Season

Dried Fruit

Looking for a way to bring more fruit to the table this winter? Consider dried fruit. Although some dried fruit looks different from the fruit from which it is derived, dried fruit is still rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Continue reading

Boost Your Fall Palate with Colorful Dishes

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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

How To Feed A Vegetarian Teenager

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Did your teenager recently become a vegetarian? Will your teenager no longer eat your meatloaf, baked chicken, or fish? Do you want to support your teenager’s pursuit of a healthy vegetarian/vegan diet? Then check out our resource for Vegetarian Teens. Continue reading

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

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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

Happiness Begins with Veggies!

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Recent research says that Vegetarians are happier than the rest of the population. They have less anxiety, depression, and stress. 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

Raising Vegetarian Infants

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Our Vegetarian Infants Resource provides new parents lists of the foods that provide the best sources of iron, zinc, calcium, Vitamin B12 and other nutrients essential for a growing infant. Continue reading

Do vegan children get enough iron?

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

Share the Harvest

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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

Above All, Keep Food Safe

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Food safety affects all diets and is a crucial, though often overlooked part of a healthy diet. Remember any food can be cause a food borne illness outbreak if mishandled. Continue reading

Triple Your Fruit, Triple Your Benefits

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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

Finding Fiber in Whole Foods

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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

Quick Snack Ideas for Kids

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Create a snack shelf for your child/children. They can reach it, and eat what is there until a time you set before meals. Continue reading

Vegan Teen Athlete

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Being a vegan teen athlete is not complicated. It is easy for teens to receive proper nutrition for sporting events by eating a variety of foods. Teen athletes are able to receive everything they need from a vegan diet to perform at their maximum potential. Continue reading

Pina Colada Grilled Dessert

Pina Colada Grilled Dessert

Pineapple has been a symbol of welcome in many cultures for centuries. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. So fire up your grills and welcome spring with this tasty dessert. Please note temperature may vary depending … 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

Banana Split Waffles

Banana Split Waffles

Create a special, healthy treat fit for just two or the whole family with this spin on an old soda fountain favorite. Continue reading

Sweet Potatoes for Any Season

Lemony Pepper Sweet Potato Fries

Although most people only think about this starchy vegetable at holiday times when it finds its way into sweet side dishes or baked into pies, sweet potatoes make a wonderful addition to lunch or dinner throughout the year. Continue reading

When It Comes to Corn, You Get An Earful!

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Even though some corn products may be receiving a bad rap from the media, it is still important to promote corn in its lesser processed forms as a valuable, starchy vegetable. Continue reading

Purging May Cause Throat Cancer

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Eating and purging creates the perfect storm for a deadly form a cancer in the esophagus. Learn how the body attempts to protect the throat from frequent forced vomiting by creating new cells that can lead to Barrett’s Esophagus, a dangerous disease. Continue reading

Hints on Herbs

Herbs

Tired of boring, tasteless meals? Pining for fresh summer produce? You don’t need to wait until summer to punch up your early spring dishes. Try herbs! Continue reading

Get if Fresh!

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Nothing says summer like fresh fruits and vegetables. Take advantage of the season by feasting on local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Continue reading

Zucchini — Abundant in Production and Culinary Options

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Summer months are a time of abundant growth — blooming flowers, rows of corn, berries on the bush, and zucchini. Every time I buy a zucchini at the local farmer’s market I am either given one the size of a small boat or given enough to fill a small boat. Continue reading

Sorbet

Sorbet

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

Vegetarian? Vegan? Raw Diet! What’s the difference?

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Plant based diets are gaining momentum and becoming more main stream. Pop your head into any grocery store and you’ll be able to find numerous products marked “Vegetarian” or “Certified Vegan”. It can be difficult to know what’s what! Continue reading

A Drink to Your Good Health!

Mango Lassis

Festive drinks need not be restricted to the holiday season. These three, easy-to-make beverages can turn any meal into a festive occasion! Continue reading

Farmers Market Pockets

Farmers Market Pockets

August 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

Grilling Time for Salads

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Although many people are familiar with grilling vegetables, grilled fruit can also add a wonderful flavor to any summer supper. Continue reading