As a vegetarian, how can I control my carbohydrate intake?

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics

A vegetarian diet is typically carb-rich. This said, it is possible to control your carbohydrate intake. Enjoy more colorful vegetables and fruits, along with heart-healthy nuts, seeds while monitoring your intake of whole grains, beans, lentils, and starchy vegetables.

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
When it comes to carbohydrates and vegetarians, its good to know what counts as a carb so we don't end up overdoing the carb intake compared to the protein and healthy fats (remember we want a balance at each eating occasion). So, split up the carbs between eating occasions -- if you eat beans, do so with guacamole and salsa and some melted cheese vs. beans and a tortilla or rice. If you have a veggie burger, serve it without the bun and with some baked zucchini "fries." If you serve a tortilla, spread some nut butter on top and a few slices of fruit.

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Vegetarian Diets

When you look at vegetarian diets, it's hard to do so without understanding that many of the practitioners believe that it is not only healthful, but more to practice vegetarianism. This is true even if the diet may include occasi...

onal meats or fish as in the Macrobiotic diet with it's Zen beliefs, or the Indian Ayurvedic diet, which finds milk and dairy central to good health along with plants. Anyone considering a vegetarian diet should learn about the food values of different vegetables, and consider getting advice on whether or not to supplement the diet with vitamins and minerals, particularly if you have special nutritional needs like growing children or pregnant or lactating women.

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