Vegetarian and Special Diets

Does My Child Need A Supplement?

If your child eats a variety of foods, supplements may not be needed. However, if you're unsure about your child's nutrient intake, get expert advice.

Well-planned vegetarian diets can be nutritionally adequate and provide many health benefits. See vegetarian meal ideas, food sources of important nutrients, vegetarian terms and more.

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  • Seasonal

    Vegetarian Cookout Ideas

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    The beginning of summer brings the unofficial start of grilling season. For some vegetarians and vegans, this means making do at backyard picnics with the same old soggy green salads or filling up at the chip bowl. Read More

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    Food Sources of 5 Important Nutrients for Vegetarians

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    For vegetarians, it's important to choose a variety of foods — including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds — to make sure you are meeting nutritional needs each day. Read More

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    How to Find Gluten-Free Options

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    When considering a gluten-free diet, it is not necessary to avoid dining out. But, before you go, visit the restaurant's website for a menu to see what options are available. Read More

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    Feeding Your Teen Vegetarian

    Regardless of why a teen stops eating some or all animal-based foods, parents play an important role in helping make sure that their child gets all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    Eat Your Spinach

    Spinach is packed with powerful nutrients and is an excellent source of folate, vitamin A, iron and vitamin K. Read More

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    Going Meatless Once a Week

    Thinking of going vegetarian — at least for one day a week — for dietary, environmental or religious reasons? Don't think of it merely as subtracting from your diet, but adding to it! Read More

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    Vegetarianism: The Basic Facts

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    People who follow a vegetarian diet never eat meat, fish or poultry. Instead, they rely on a variety of plant-based foods for good health and eating enjoyment. Read More

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    Egg Alternatives

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    For some, eggs are off limits due to dietary preferences, restrictions or allergies. And, although relatively low in cost, the price of eggs can rise due to various reasons. In any case, consider integrating egg alternatives as staples in your kitchen. Read More

  • Celiac Disease

    How to Order Gluten-Free in a Restaurant

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Dining out doesn't have to be off-limits for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. It just takes some extra planning and attention. Here's how to enjoy a gluten-free meal away from home. Read More

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    Vegetarian Sources of Protein

    Rachel Begun, MS, RDN

    Not only is it possible to get enough protein from plant sources, there are other nutrition benefits of eating plant-based foods. Read More

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    Tips to Keep Your Vegetarian Child Healthy

    Are you worried your vegetarian child is not be getting the necessary nutrients in their diet? Make sure that your child receives enough protein, calcium and iron for optimal growth and nutrition. Read More

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    Healthful Vegetarian Meal Ideas

    A healthy vegetarian diet includes a wide variety of foods from all the food groups. Be creative in planning menus and trying new foods. Here are some healthful, vegetarian meal ideas to get you started. Read More

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    Should Your Child be a Flexitarian?

    Have you considered a vegetarian diet for your family, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to take the plunge? A flexitarian diet may be a happy middle ground. Read More

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    Does My Child Need a Gluten Free Diet?

    Gluten is a protein found in certain grains like wheat, barley and rye and is harmless for most children - with the exception of those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Read More