Plant-based diets are increasing in popularity, for their health benefits and as farm-to-table meals, along with a growing awareness of the need to take care of our planet. Eating a healthy vegetarian diet also has the benefit of reducing one’s consumption of processed foods high in additives, sugar and sodium. We always recommend a balanced diet of fruits, nuts, vegetables and meat-alternatives!
All of the following diets combine vegetables with whole grains for protein. You can get a sufficient amount of protein from plant-based foods like soy products, meat substitutes, legumes, nuts, seeds and lentils. Consider supplements for omega-3 fatty acids if you choose a diet that does not include eggs or fish. Try soy oil, ground flaxseed or avocado for a good source of the essential fatty acids essential for heart health.
Lactovegetarian diets include dairy products such as butter, cheese and yogurt. Excluded from this diet are meat, fish, poultry and eggs and any processed foods that contains them.
Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets include dairy products and eggs.
Ovo-vegetarians exclude meat, fish, poultry and dairy from their diets but include eggs.
Pescatarian: A fish-based diet excluding meat, poultry, dairy and eggs.
Vegan diets exclude meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products or any processed food that contains them.
Semivegetarian diets (flexitarian diet) are plant-based diets but include the occasional small addition of meat, poultry, fish, eggs or dairy. This diet has become a popular starting point when launching a vegetarian lifestyle, as newbies learn more about nutrition, and cooking with a new grocery list.
If you are considering any of these diets, visit our store online for product information, or call us to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff.