General diet - vegetarian including milk but not eggs
This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.
To provide a nutritionally adequate diet for people who do not eat any animal flesh foods or eggs.
A diet strictly eliminating foods and beverages containing any meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and gelatine foods and products.
May not be nutritionally adequate unless fortified foods (e.g. cereals) are used to provide adequate iron and zinc. High-protein plant foods should be available at each meal.
Care should be taken to read all product ingredients to look for ingredients of animal origin, e.g. gelatine, albumin, globulin and egg mayonnaise. Food items which are compliant to a vegetarian including milk but not eggs diet but which include a ‘may contain’ allergen statement, are allowed to be provided on the diet.
Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.
Specific menu planning guidelines
|Hot main dishes|
Dishes specially prepared for vegetarians based on beans, peas, tofu, textured vegetable protein (TVP), lentils, nuts, milk and cheese
(At least one Band 1 choice per day, providing at least 15g protein per serve; others Band 2)
Any dishes containing meat, poultry, fish, milk or eggs
|Sauces, gravies||Sauces without meat fats or juices; butter acceptable||Stocks and gravies made with meat or animal products|
|Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice||All prepared without lard, but including vegetables in white sauce with cheese||Vegetables prepared with lard|
|Vegetables||All||Vegetables prepared with lard|
|Soups||Vegetable soups made without animal-based stocks||Soups made with meat, eggs, poultry or fish|
Peanut butter, cheese, baked beans, hummus, falafel, salad
(All Band 1, providing at least 10g protein per serve)
|Sandwiches with meat, poultry, fish or eggs|
Beans (chickpeas, kidney beans etc), pasta, potato, rice, plus other vegetables
(Band 2, providing at least 10g protein per serve)
All breads, cereals, oats, corn or wheat flour
Pasta and noodles made without egg
Breads and cereals containing egg
|Spreads||Jam, peanut butter, Vegemite™, margarine, butter, honey||Meat or fish spreads|
|Hot breakfast choices||Baked beans in tomato sauce, mushrooms, tomatoes, spaghetti in tomato or cheese sauce, creamed corn|
Baked beans in ham sauce
|Fruit||All fruits, fresh and canned||Jellied fruit (if made with gelatine)|
|Yoghurt||All yoghurts without gelatine||Yoghurts containing gelatine|
Fresh and canned fruit
Jellied fruit made with agar or other vegetable gums
Custard without egg, ice-cream
|Desserts containing eggs or gelatine (e.g. trifle with sponge cake, milk jelly) or rennet|
|Milk and cheese|
Cow’s milk, soy milk, cheese
|Beverages||Milk, juices, soft drinks, cordial, tea, coffee||-|
|Biscuits||Biscuits made without eggs||Biscuits made with eggs|
Nuts and seeds
- Dietitians Association of Australia. Nutrition manual. 8th ed. Canberra: DAA; 2009.
- Craig WJ, Mangels AR, American Dietetic Association. Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets. J Am Diet Assoc 2009;109:1266-82.
- Marsh K, Zeuschner C, Saunders A, Reid M. Meeting nutritional needs on a vegetarian diet. Aust Fam Phys 2009;38(8):600-2.
- Australian Vegetarian Society.
|Precautions||Added Food items which are compliant with a vegetarian including milk but not eggs diet but which include a ‘may contain’ allergen statement, are allowed to be provided on the diet.|