Nutrition Tips: Vegetarian

Chef Debi-Five-star meal can be made healthy at home

If you’re eating a vegetarian diet, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients and making healthy meat-free choices. Don’t load up on cheese. Instead, choose low-fat proteins such as rice, lentils or beans as a base for your meal. Drink calcium-fortified soy milk to cut down on cholesterol and fat, without scrimping on calcium. Substitute veggies in place of meat in dishes such as pasta, pizza, stir-fry or tacos. Try to eat at least five portions of fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced fruit and vegetables a day. As well as vitamins and minerals, fruit and vegetables provide fiber, which aids digestion.