The TWD menu plan has been created and tested using lean proteins from animal sources. It has not been tested using vegetarian protein sources as the main component for the protein units within the menu plan. If you prefer vegetarian style eating you may not achieve the same protein intake as what is required for the TWD. You can substitute pulses and legumes, eggs and dairy foods, as well as other forms of vegetarian protein for the animal proteins in the menu plans. If you wish to substitute non-meat protein, we would suggest eating 200g tofu, or 260g cooked chickpeas, beans or lentils, instead of 200 g meat, fish or chicken, or 2 eggs can also substitute for 1 unit of protein.
We do provide Vegetarian Meals as meal swaps, but these are limited and may not achieve all nutrient and food group targets.
The TWD was not designed or tested for vegetarian eating patterns. CSIRO have not investigated whether a higher-protein vegetarian diet is as effective as a higher-animal-protein diet, but they do know that vegetable protein confers a similar benefit in reducing hunger and appetite. You may want to consult your GP or an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) to modify the Diet to meet your individual nutrient requirements.
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