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.


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What is zinc? Why do I need zinc?

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.

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Quick Fare for Busy Families

Busy families can create delicious and healthy last-minute meals with the right staples in the pantry.

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Polenta Pizza

Pizza night has taken a new twist at my home. The usual flour based crust has now been replaced by polenta. Instead of the pizza stone we now use our trusty cast iron skillet. Pizza night will never be the same again.

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Quick & Easy Vegetable Chili

Serve over brown, steamed rice or whole wheat pasta (prepared without added fat, oil, or salt). Serve fruit on side. Cooking for 1 or 2? Like most stews, this is a great reheated leftover the next day.

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Fresh Herbs

Time to Harvest

September is here and it is time for the harvest. If your garden included herbs — now is the time to reap the harvest before the frost comes. Herbs such as thyme and oregano, which are used for their leaves, are best harvested before they go to flower. Herbs grown for their flowers such as […]

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Sweet & Spicy Bean Dip

Entertain Them With Beans

Looking for an alternate to hummus? At your next football viewing party, create this creamy white bean recipe that includes a corn topping.

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Lemony Pepper Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potatoes for Any Meal

Although think of sweet potatoes at holiday times this vegetable can make a wonderful addition to lunch and dinner everyday.

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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.

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Salad in a Glass

Salad in a Glass

My family refers to this recipe as a salad in a glass. When I don’t have time to sit down and have a salad I can still have my greens in a jar. The balsamic vinegar adds an extra zing.

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Breakfast on the Go

Research shows that breakfast helps children learn, but who has time to eat a healthy meal before heading out the door? Discover these tips for a quick breakfast every day.

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