(HealthDay News) — With the right amount and variety of foods to meet your nutritional needs, a vegetarian diet can be healthy, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA provides healthy eating advice for vegetarians:

  • Think about protein. Incorporate beans, nuts or soy products into your diet.
  • Add calcium. Aside from dairy products, there are many other calcium-fortified foods.
  • Get enough vitamin B12. If you do not eat any animal products, consider a B12 supplement.
  • Check current dietary guidelines to ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need.