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7 Nutritious Tips for a Healthy Vegetarian

Marie Germack

A healthy vegetarian may seem redundant. After all, those who choose a vegetarian lifestyle seek to maximize health. To ensure the maximum amount of nutritious rewards available to vegetarians, the following tips can foster optimal health from the inside out.

Ingest enough Iron

Vegetarians find high doses of iron in the following: dried dates, raisins, apricots, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, black or kidney beans, lentils, and dark green leafy vegetables.

Improve Iron Absorption

Eat fruits and vegetables containing Vitamin C.

Behold B12 intake

Include soy/rice milk, cereals, and TVP (textured vegetable protein) fortified with B vitamins in meals.

Consume Calcium

Soymilk, fortified orange juice, green leafy vegetables, and soybeans pack this mineral into a healthy diet.

Pack in the Protein

Eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds, meat replacement products, soymilk, beans, tofu, and tempeh are popular.

Validate Vitamin D intake

Milk, eggs and fish pack in this vitamin. One fifteen-minute daily dose of sunlight also helps the body produce its own Vitamin D.

Zip it up with Zinc

Healthy vegetarians can find this mineral in yogurt, spinach, legumes, and whole grain products.

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Related Reading: Also see The Four Types of Vegetarian Diets Explained.