Further informationVegetarians sometimes need to make sure they are getting enough of Vitamin B12, which naturally occurs almost exclusively in foods that come from animals. Vegetarians who eat eggs or dairy can usually get enough B12 from these foods, but depending on their diet, some people might need to take a dietary supplement with B12 or eat foods that are specially fortified to have it. – While some studies have shown that plant foods like seaweed contain B12, current research indicates that the B12 in these foods is probably not able to be absorbed by the human body.
ExplorationVeggie Dishes!What are some of your favorite meatless meals? For example, vegetable lasagna filled with spinach, zucchini, and tomatoes makes a great vegetarian dish, and so do veggie burritos with beans and mushrooms instead of meat! Don't forget about PB&J sandwiches, yummy fresh salads, and stir-fries with tofu!Have a grown-up help you pick out some great vegetarian dishes and then help to prepare it for dinner! What kinds of ingredients does your special dish include??
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