Vegetarian Diets / Variations in Meal Requirements

Mealtime Memo for Child Care: Accommodating Vegetarian Diets (January 2012) (PDF | 87.7 KB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Many families have adopted a vegetarian lifestyle. If you have a vegetarian child in your care, there are a number of ways that you can make minor adjustments to recipes and menus and still meet the child's nutritional needs. Also available in Spanish (PDF | 88 KB).

Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes (2016)

Vegetarian Resource Group.

Provides a wealth of vegan and vegetarian recipes.

MyPlate Tips for Vegetarians (November 2015)


MyPlate has compiled tips for vegetarians including nutrients to focus on as well asdifferent strategies to building a healthy vegetarian diet.

Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets (July 2009)

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on vegetarian diets along with nutrient information and food sources.

Nutrition 101, Lesson 6: Vegetarian Diets (2014) (PDF | 8.66 MB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

This lesson helps participants identify how school nutrition programs can meet the eating preferences of students choosing a vegetarian eating style with varied menus and Offer Versus Serve options. From the Nutrition 101 series.

Vegetarian Diets for Young Children

Institute of Child Nutrition.

This 3-page handout provides guidance to child care providers in planning menus that meet the needs of vegetarian diets.

Vegetarian Journal's Food Service Update and Quantity Cooking Information (2016)

Vegetarian Resource Group.

Includes an online course in vegetarian cooking, excerpts from Vegetarian Resource Group's food service publication, quantity cooking resources, and a list of over 170 companies offering vegetarian foods for institutions.

Vegetarian Nutrition: Lifecycle Nutrition

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Learn about types of vegetarianism and nutrients of concern.