A Well Balanced Vegetarian Diet
Variety is the key to a nutritionally adequate vegetarian diet.
Eating habits are set in early childhood. A well balanced vegetarian diet gives your child the chance of learning to enjoy a variety of wonderful, nutritious foods. It provides excellent nutrition for all stages of childhood from birth onwards.
The New Zealand Nutrition Foundation recommends that the largest proportion of our diet should consist of fruits, vegetables and grains. A moderate amount of protein foods should be eaten, and oils and sugars form only a small part of our diet. A well balanced vegetarian diet closely follows these guidelines, easily supplying all the nutrients we require.
The vegetarian diet is based on whole grains, vegetables and fruit, but you should choose a variety of foods. Variety is the key to a well balanced vegetarian diet – supplying all the nutrients necessary for good health and quality living.
Membership to the NZ Vegetarian Society entitles you to access to free comprehensive nutrition information, both in your introduction pack and for ongoing tips and advice.
The Healthy Food Pyramid
The large base of the healthy food pyramid shows that a major proportion of our daily diet should include whole grains, fruits and vegetables. These foods are really the staples – the base of a healthy diet. Other foods are somewhat like trimmings, to be eaten in moderation.
|Eat less: sugar, butter, margarine, oil, salt.|
|Eat Moderately: Milk, cheese, yoghurt, legumes, nuts, seeds, eggs.|
|Eat most: vegetables, fruit, grains, bread.|