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Health Tip: Eating a Healthy Vegetarian Diet

Get the nutrients you need

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(HealthDay News) -- A vegetarian diet doesn't have to lack nutrients or variety. There are plenty of delicious and nutritious meat substitutes to include in a vegetarian diet.

The United States Department of Agriculture offers these suggestions:

  • Choose low-fat proteins, such as beans, lentils or rice.
  • Replace meat with vegetables in dishes such as pasta, pizza and stir-fry.
  • Consider serving soy sausage substitutes, veggie burgers, bean burgers or soy hot dogs.
  • Avoid high-fat dairy drinks and substitute with soy beverages.
  • Ask for meat substitutes or no meat in dishes at restaurants.
  • Ethnic menus -- such as Asian or Indian -- tend to offer a variety of vegetarian dishes.


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