October is National Vegetarian Month and October 1st is World Vegetarian Day! We're celebrating all month long with Meatless Mondays in our cafeterias. Vegetarian diets are increasing in popularity due to a variety of factors that include growing concerns around climate change and animal welfare, cultural beliefs, and personal choice.
There are several types of vegetarian diets, but in the broadest sense of the word, it is a plant-based diet. Other types of vegetarian diets include:
Lacto-vegetarian: A diet that excludes meats, fish, poultry, and eggs along with foods that contain them. Dairy products (i.e. milk, cheese, yogurt, and butter) are included.
Lacto-ovo vegetarian: A diet that excludes meats, fish and poultry, but includes dairy and eggs.
Ovo-vegetarian: A diet that excludes meats, fish, poultry, and dairy, but includes eggs.
Pescatarian: A diet that excludes meats, poultry, dairy, and eggs, but includes fish.
Vegan: A diet that excludes meat, fish, poultry, dairy, and eggs, along with all food products that contain any animal by-products.
Some people may also follow a semivegetarian, or more commonly called a flexitarian, diet which is mostly a plant-based diet that includes meats, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs either on occasion or in small amounts. At the end of the day, our diets can include as much or as little variety as we desire as long as it's balanced and meeting our nutritional needs!
Did you know? We post new recipes to try at home that include the Harvest of the Month on the first of each month, many of which are suitable for vegetarians. You can find them by going to your school's Abbey Group nutrition website and clicking on "Harvest of the Month" under the "Menus" tab!