Vegetarian Style Eating Pattern


The typical American diet falls short of several key nutrients — 10 of them to be exact — while often exceeding recommended amounts of saturated fats, added sugars, sodium and total calories.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends making small shifts in the diet to help achieve a healthier eating pattern over time.

The CFA’s Menu Modeling Analysis shows how canned fruits, vegetables and beans can fit into a Healthy Vegetarian-Style Meal Plan and offer easy and affordable ways to close nutrient gaps.


Vegetarian Style Menu Modeling

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Nutrition-Boosting Meals:

Spinach Omelet Plus Canned Pears

New recipe section added! Take a look below at specific recipes that meet the suggested meal for breakfast or a snack in the Vegetarian-Style Eating Pattern. Click the card for the recipe, and download the breakfast and snack cards below. 

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Canned Peaches Plus Cheese Crackers

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*Analysis conducted by Ketchum Registered Dietitians, May 1-June 10, 2016; based on a 2,000-calorie daily diet. All canned fruit assumed packed in its own juice; all canned vegetables/beans are low-sodium and drained/rinsed.