Your clients may be vegan or vegetarian-curious. Or they may have been following one of these lifestyles for years. When they come to you with their questions about vegan or vegetarian-based eating, where do you turn if you have questions? Here are solid resources from RDNs to use and/or guide clients toward for more information.
Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian, comes highly recommended from fellow RDN, Julie Harrington. Sharon’s site provides plant-based inspiration and she shines in the culinary arts, focusing on globally-inspired recipes featuring whole plant foods. A wonderful recipe resource!
RDN Robyn Kievit suggests heading to fellow RDN’s Kara Lydon’s website, The Foodie Dietitian Blog, where Kara posts a wealth of vegetarian recipes such as “40 Best Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipes.” Kara shares, “I also recently started eating meat again and wrote a blog post on the why behind this in a recent blog post titled, ‘Why I Stopped Being Vegetarian After 18 Years’” – for clients looking for additional perspective.
VegetarianNutrition.net is the consumer-facing website provided by the Vegetarian Nutrition Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetic Practice Group. Recommended by RDN Darla Balthaser, the DPG’s site “…provide(s) tools from evidence-based research to plan all types of vegetarian meals. We want to share information for all age groups, and fitness levels that will promote health and well-being based on the latest research.”
Books and Materials
RDN Jennifer Wade suggests Dr. Michael Greger’s book, How Not to Die. While the title might be a bit stark, it guides readers to make simple changes in one’s diet in order to avoid the onset of chronic diseases. There is an accompanying app and plant-forward cookbook that Jennifer recommends to her clients.
Dietitian Karla Moreno-Bryce has a vegan blog at Nutritious Vida, targeted toward consumers with vegan-related articles and a free e-book available to those wanting to transition to a more plant-based lifestyle. She also provides handouts to RDNs hosted on her page at RD2RD.com – resources to use when counseling your vegan clients.
Enjoy – and happy eating!
What vegan and vegetarian resources would you add to this list?