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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Can a vegetarian get enough 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.

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Meatless Monday begins on Sunday

Giving up meat even for one day is hard for carnivores but the benefits so outweigh the extra effort.  Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and even weight are some side benefits of going meatless – even for a day. Set your menu for the work, then get grocery shopping done on Sunday and you can whip […]

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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.

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Vegan Poutine recipe

Vegan Poutine

This Quebecois specialty is sure to please the entire family. Traditional poutine is made with French fries, meat gravy, and cheese curds. This vegan version highlights the taste of buttery, Yukon gold potatoes and savory mushroom and white bean sauce.

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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.

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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.

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White Bean Dip with Rosemary

Serve this creamy, lucious dip, seasoned with a hint of fresh rosemary, with raw vegetables or your favorite whole grain cracker.

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Seitan and Soba Soup

On wet spring evenings when the weather is damp and chilly I love to sit down to my comfort food – a steaming hot bowl of thick noodle soup. Soba noodles add a rich flavor that blends well with seitan and vegetables.

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seitan stroganoff

Seitan Stroganoff

Stroganoff is one dish that can be fixed in a hundred different ways. It can be composed of many ingredients, or just a few. This simple stroganoff recipe highlights the juicy texture of the mushrooms and seitan. It is light on sauce but still full on flavor.

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Does eating a vegetarian diet help you live longer?

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?

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