Ask a Dietitian: How do I make sure I eat enough protein if I’m vegetarian?


Well-planned and balanced meals are essential to meeting protein needs on a vegetarian diet. Fortunately, there are many plant-based sources of protein you may choose from! The key to obtaining enough protein is to choose from a wide variety of foods. Quality sources of plant-based protein include: beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Eggs and dairy are also quality sources of protein that are included in some vegetarian diets, such as lactovegetarian and lacto-ovo vegetarian.

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It is important to discuss these dietary suggestions and information with your own doctor to confirm that it will present no risk to you personally. Your doctor’s medical advice is particularly important if you’re currently taking medications for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or any other metabolic disorders.

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