Vegetarian Nutrition

Fruits and Vegetables

Use these handouts made for various age groups to help explain vegetarian nutrition.



Get MyPlate Tips for Vegetarians

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.


Get Facts for Teen Vegetarians (PDF | 225 KB)

University of Maine System. UMaine Cooperative Extension.

Also available in HTML.


Get Facts for Parents of Teen Vegetarians (PDF | 225 KB)

University of Maine System. UMaine Cooperative Extension.

Also available in HTML.


Learn About Vegetarian Eating for Athletes

Australian Sports Commission. Australian Institute of Sport.


Choose MyPlate icon. Read MyPlate's Healthy Eating for Vegetarians (PDF | 361.8 KB)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Part of the 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series.


Make recipes from "Deliciously Healthy Dinners" (PDF | 8.11 MB)

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Includes vegetarian entrees (pages 81-96) and vegetable side dishes (pages 99-114).


fruit Find Sample Healthy Eating Plans for Lacto-ovo Vegetarians

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Plans based on both 1,200 and 1,600 calories a day.


Dried beans Now Serving: Beans (PDF | 186.49 KB)

North Dakota State University Extension Service.

Learn all about beans and their benefits.


GirlsHealth.gov - Vegetarian Eating

DHHS. OWH. National Women's Health Information Center.

Geared towards girls ages 10-16, this page reviews the different types of vegetarian diets and explains how vegetarians can be sure to get all the nutrients they need.


Download Soy Fact Sheets

Soyfoods Association of North America.


TeensHealth: Becoming a Vegetarian

Nemours Foundation. TeensHealth.

Web site geared toward teenagers who are considering becoming vegetarians. It includes reasoning for becoming a vegetarian, types of diets, nutritional concerns and meal planning tips.


KidsHealth: Vegetarianism

Nemours Foundation. KidsHealth.

Helps parents guide the nutritional habits of vegetarian children to ensure the adequacy of their diets.


Get Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Vegetarian Diets

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group.


graphic of eggplant and apples. A Vegetarian Diet (PDF | 200 KB)

Michigan State University Extension.

Handout discusses the types of vegetarian diets and nutrition concerns. Includes Vegetarian meal ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner.