About Debbie King MS RD LD

My passion for nutrition began when I took a college nutrition class. I have worked as a Clinical Dietitian, Director of Nutrition Services, and for several years as Mom. When my youngest left for college I decided to return to my passion of sharing the health benefits of eating vegetarian meals. I enjoy teaching nutrition, volunteering in my community, and working as the Web Editor for the Vegetarian Nutrition website.

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

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

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

Five Tips for Creating Meatless Family Meals

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In the Healthy Tips for Meatless Meals handout you will find five tips for feeding your family more fruits, vegetables, whole grains,  beans, and nuts every day. Also discover how easy it is to feed your family meals with out meat. 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

How to Create a Vegetarian Lunchbox

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Does the pediatrician, your child’s teacher, or total strangers look at you skeptically when you say you are raising your children vegetarian?  Rest assured you are not alone.  Choosing to feed your children a vegetarian can provide all the nutrients … Continue reading

Can a vegetarian get enough protein?

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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

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

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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

Does eating a vegetarian diet help you live longer?

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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

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

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

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

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

What should vegetarian teens eat?

Discover how all types of vegetarian diets can be healthy for teens with the Vegetarian Teens resource created by Registered Dietitians.