The Vegetarian Resource Group


Review by Debbie Mazo

Life used to be tough for vegetarians. Over the last few years, however, the availability of vegetarian foods has changed dramatically. From veggie burgers to soy milk, you can now find a complete selection of vegetarian foods on the shelves of most large supermarkets.

If you're thinking of going vegetarian or have already been there for awhile, the Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) offers a complete guide to the vegetarian lifestyle. Dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and related issues of health and nutrition, this site is friendly and informative with a long list of vegetarian-related information.

If you're new on the scene, Vegetarianism in a Nutshell can lead you down the right garden path. Find out how to make the change to a vegetarian diet and meet your nutrition needs. Or, if you're short on time, browse through the 30-day menu plan. This link includes 30 simple vegetarian meals including Middle Eastern favorites like hummus, falafel, baba ghanuj, and tabouli.

For those raising a vegetarian family, the site has plenty of information on feeding your children from their infancy to their teens. For vegan children, sources of protein can include vegetables, grains, tofu, tempeh, soymilk, nuts, peanut butter, tahini, soy hot dogs, and soy cheese. The teenage vegan should follow the same recommendations that are made for all vegans, namely, to eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, and seeds.

The Travel section offers a complete guide to vegetarian travel and restaurants for vegetarians on the move. Here, you can check out a variety of articles including Business Travel for Vegetarians and Veggie Dining in Mexico. For more travel and veggie bits, browse through the excerpts of the Vegetarian Journal or sign up for the free electronic newsletter which includes recipes, reviews of new products, and new book announcements.

To test your knowledge of vegetarianism, challenge yourself with a series of questions in the VRG Game. No matter how you score on this game, you'll learn that vegetarianism today is a lot more than raw carrots and bean sprouts.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.




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