Eat from the Vegetarian Diet Pyramid
for Every Meal

The vegetarian diet pyramid is a great tool to help you prepare balanced, nutritious, plant based meals for you and your family.

Following a few simple guidelines will ensure you obtain the necessary vitamins and nutrients you need to maintain a happy, healthy meat free lifestyle.

Vegetarian Diet Guidelines and Food Lists by Group

Recommended: Consume these foods in moderation, weekly

    Sweets - pie, ice cream, cookies, cake (I'm sure you can come up with something... we've all got our favorites)

Recommended: Consume a variety of these foods daily

    Nuts - pine nuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachios., pecans, peanut butter

    Seeds - pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds

    Plant Oils - avocado oil, olive oil, soybean oil, canola oil, cocoa butter, safflower oil, coconut oil

    Dairy - cheese, yogurt, milk

    Egg Whites

    Soy Milk

Recommended: Consume a variety of these foods at every meal

    Fruits - avocados, apples, oranges, melons, bananas, plums, grapes, strawberries, cherries, pears, pomegranate

    Vegetables - mushrooms, cabbage, squash, celery, lettuce, eggplant, zucchini, kale, tomatoes, broccoli, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, potatoes, carrots

    Whole Grains - oats, pasta, rice, bulgar, quinoa, millet, whole grain bread, couscous, corn, flax, pita, rye

    Beans and Legumes - soy, kidney beans, red beans, tempeh, tofu, peas, textured vegetable protein, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, navy beans, lentils

In addition to the above dietary guidelines, it is recommended that you follow the serving suggestions outlined in the vegetarian diet pyramid below. This is the easiest way to ensure you are consuming enough of the right foods to get the proper nutrients on a vegetarian diet.

vegetarian food pyramid from Loma Linda University Photo Credit: Loma Linda University Vegetarian Diet Pyramid

FYI for Anyone Considering a Vegetarian Diet:

Studies have shown that people who consume a vegetarian diet have the lowest rate of cancer and chronic illness and a higher life expectancy than those who consume a diet packed with animal proteins and processed foods.

Many of the foods contained in the vegetarian diet pyramid are unprocessed and unrefined, so your body can extract vital nutrients from them and digest them much easier than the Standard American Diet.

In addition, consumption of cleaner, more natural food provides your body essential nutrients that help it to perform at peak condition. It's not uncommon for people to feel lighter, more energized and overall more healthful on a plant based diet.

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