Low Calorie Diets

Lacto Ovo Vegetarian Diet

easy low fat recipesI love being vegetarian but call me a milk and cheese girl who  loves eggs and you can see why I usually follow a lacto ovo vegetarian diet  rather than a strictly vegan diet.

 My life would be miserable if I couldn’t eat cheese!

And being vegetarian is not about being miserable, it’s about being healthy and cutting your risk of many common health problems while still enjoying your food.

As I mentioned earlier a lacto ovo vegetarian diet is one that includes eating dairy and eggs but no meat. It is one of three types of diets that someone who considers themselves a vegetarian might eat.

It really is a personal choice to be a vegetarian and in fact, there are many health benefits to this type of diet, so it is considered a “healthy diet”.

Type Of Vegetarians

While some vegetarians do not want to eat any meat, eggs, or dairy of any kind (these people are called vegans) there are those who simply cannot do without the added flavor in eggs and dairy. This type of vegetarian is called a lacto (for milk or dairy) ovo (for eggs) vegetarian.

There are also those vegetarians who eat no meat or eggs but still eat dairy and they are considered to be lacto (dairy) vegetarians.

If all this sounds a bit confusing it really isn’t. To simplify matters this page will show you what you might eat on a one day lacto ovo vegetarian diet.

You could replace the eggs or cheese in the diet below with tofu for example and eliminate the milk to make it a vegan diet. But honestly, I probably would look for something better than veggie pizza that is topped with tofu!

However, I have made a great tofu scramble for breakfast which I would like to share with you here just in case you are doing the vegan thing today.

Lacto Ovo Vegetarian Diet

Here is your vegetarian diet plan for one day.


  • scrambled eggs with chopped green onions
  • 2 pieces of whole grain toast with margarine or butter
  • glass of orange or apple juice
  • a piece of fruit (your favorite fruit)


  • Easy Minestrone soup (bean and veggie soup)
  • veggie and sun-dried tomato and goat cheese pizza
  • mixed green salad
  • glass of low-fat milk


  • Fettucine with black olives and scallions
  • tomato and mozzarella salad with vinaigrette dressing
  • garlic bread
  • milk, tea, coffee, juice

Did you like this vegetarian eating plan? There are many vegetarian meals you can make if you just get yourself a good book that shows you more about vegetarian cooking and vegetarian meals.

The above lacto ovo vegetarian diet plan is one to try if you want to start slow without jumping right into eliminating too much from your diet at first.

Use the lacto ovo vegetarian diet to ease into becoming a vegetarian and later you can graduate to eating no meat, eggs or dairy and become a full-fledged vegan.

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