100 Useful Websites for Vegetarians and Vegans

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Whether you’re a hard core vegan or someone who’s interested in making the transition from meat eater to vegetarian, the Internet is full of resources and guides for your reference. From nutrition information to yummy vegetarian recipes to hot spots just for kid vegans, check out our list of 100 useful websites for vegetarians and vegans.

Nutrition and Reference

Learn how you can satisfy your nutrient needs without eating meat or even dairy by reading these reference guides.

  1. USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory: Look up nutrient information for different vegetables here.
  2. NutritionData Vegetables: On this site, you can look up nutrition data, including calories and vitamins, in all types of vegetables and veggie meals.
  3. MyPyramid.gov: Learn all about the food pyramid and find out how many servings of fruits and vegetables you should be eating every day.
  4. The Vegetarian Society Basic Nutrition Information Sheet: Here you’ll learn ways to get your protein without eating meat and how being a vegetarian is healthy.
  5. MedlinePlus Vegetarian Diet: This resource from MedlinePlus organizes articles and fact sheets about vegetarian nutrition, conditions, issues, and more.
  6. Soy: Health Claims for Soy Protein, Questions About Other Components: Find out if soy is really a substantial alternative in this article from the FDA Consumer.
  7. What’s In Food: Get information about antioxidants, food additives, food composition, vitamins, and more.
  8. Nutrition During Pregnancy for Vegetarians: Pregnant vegetarians and their friends and family can find resources for staying healthy and balanced here.
  9. Vegetarian diet: How to get the best nutrition: Learn how to plan out your diet so that you get the right amount of nutrients. This guide also explains every niche of vegetarian and vegan.
  10. Vegetarian Network Victoria: This Australian resource dispenses information about nutrient needs, vitamins and minerals, shopping tips, how to avoid animal products, and more.

Blogs

Get a real-life perspective on vegetarianism and veganism from other conscious eaters who love to swap recipes, share news stories, and more.

  1. The Vegan Experiment: Since July 2008, this meat lover has been experimenting with veganism. See how he’s doing.
  2. BeanDiet: BeanDiet is a blog by a nutritionist who wants to educate Americans on the importance of eating right.
  3. Shoes With Souls: This vegan fashion and shoe blog posts about eco-friendly style choices.
  4. Savvy Vegetarian: This vegetarian lifestyle blog has channels for recipes and cooking, advice, and more.
  5. It’s easy being vegan!: This blogger covers everything vegan from animal cruelty to yoga to finding meat alternatives.
  6. Almost Vegan: Find exotic vegan recipes and other conscious meal ideas here.
  7. FatFree Vegan Kitchen: This blog is packed full of "sinlessly delicious" recipes for health-conscious vegans.
  8. The Veggie Blog: On The Veggie Blog, a blog from Happy Cow, you can read about organic gardening, nutrition, animal rights, and more.
  9. SoulVeggie: Here you’ll learn about the news stories and special events relevant to vegetarians and vegans.
  10. Groovy Vegetarian: Another vegetarian lifestyle blog, Groovy Vegetarian mixes compassion and "eco-friendly fun."

Food Data

These charts and calculators will help you discover the real content of foods

  1. The World’s Healthiest Foods: Get nutrition data for all kinds of foods, especially fruits and veggies.
  2. International Food Information Council Foundation: The IFIC Foundation lists food information, food safety updates, ingredients, dietary guidance, and more.
  3. FDA: Look up recalls and food safety information here.
  4. CalorieKing: The next time your friends give you a hard time for being a vegetarian or vegan, show them the stats on their favorite fast food meal here.
  5. The Nutrition Source: Vegetables and Fruits: The Harvard School of Public Health explains which fruits and vegetables are the most nutritious.
  6. The 11 Healthiest Autumn Fruits and Vegetables: Find out why avocados, kiwi, green beans and eggplant are some of the healthiest options around.
  7. Fruit Nutrition Database: Get all kinds of information on storing, selecting and preparing fruits here.
  8. Nutrition Information for Raw Fruits, Vegetables and Fish: These poster charts display nutrition facts, including calories, fat, sugars, and vitamin information for commonly consumed fruits and vegetables.
  9. Nut and Seed Products: NutritionData provides information for all kinds of nuts and seeds, including almonds, raw acorns, cashew butter, coconut milk, and more.
  10. What Fruits and Vegetables are in Season?: Use this resource to discover which fruits and vegetables are in season at different times during the year.

Organic and Environmental Issues

Not all organic enthusiasts are vegans and vegetarians, but they do share an appreciation for eco-conscious, compassionate, and healthy living. Find resources for cooking, growing food and more in this list.

  1. Environmental Infomration: The Vegetarian Resource Group has lots of articles and links about the ethical treatment of animals, energy and global warming, low-carbon food alternatives, and more.
  2. Organic Authority: Get organic food recipes and tips for living an organic, eco-conscious lifestyle.
  3. Health Benefits of Organic Food and Environment: This guide outlines the benefits of living and organic lifestyle.
  4. Organic Trade Association Environmental Facts: This resource provides information and statistics about how organic lifestyles preserve the environment.
  5. 49 Reasons Why I am a Vegetarian: This simple site outlines different ways that being a vegetarian helps the environment and your own personal health.
  6. Environmental vegetarianism: Let Wikipedia help you understand this form of vegetarianism, which holds that cultivating animal products results in pollution.
  7. Meat and the Environment: This page also explains why the meat industry has been called "one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems."
  8. Vegan Action: Find information about going vegan, as well as all the environmental benefits that a vegan lifestyle produces.
  9. Environmental Destruction: Vegan Outreach’s resource on the environment explains how climate change, water sanitation and other issues are impacted by the meat industry.
  10. Organic Consumers Association: Visit this site to learn about organic and environmental news, advocacy campaigns, and more.

Growing and Gardening

Learn how to grow your own vegetables and fruits here, helping you save on grocery bills and eliminate toxins.

  1. BackyardGardener.com: This site has a blog, forums and plenty of references and guides for learning about seeds, products, vegetables and more.
  2. Vegetable Gardening Guru: Here you can learn about preparing and building the soil, dealing with insects, identifying plant diseases, and harvesting.
  3. Vegetable Gardening in Containers: Texas A&M University has put together this guide for deciding which vegetables to grow in a container, how to transplant vegetables, how to fertilize them, and more.
  4. Vegetable Gardens Can Save Big Money: Besides being healthy, vegetable gardens can save you money at the grocery store, this article reports.
  5. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener: This blog is full of unique tips and photos for vegetable and fruit gardeners.
  6. Growing Tips for Garden Vegetables: This chart explains when to plant which vegetables and how to space them.
  7. Home Orchard Society: Get tips on growing fruit from this website.
  8. Gardening: Fruits and Vegetables: The DIY Network has lots of resources for planting apple trees, tomatoes, early spring veggies, organic produce, and more.
  9. Growing Killer Tomatoes: Learn about the history of tomatoes, how to care for them, and how to harvest them.
  10. Vegetable Garden Layout: This page explains how to prepare soil, choose a location, organize your garden, and decide what and how much to plant.

Communities and Forums

Join up with other vegans and vegetarians to swap recipes, share news stories, and more.

  1. Wellsphere Vegetarian Community: Read blogs, meet other vegetarians, and learn about healthy living here.
  2. VegPeople: This forum includes threads for animal rights, teen vegetarians, and more.
  3. Vegan Represent: Vegan Represent is a vegan forum for everything from health to eating to responsible shopping.
  4. VeggieFishing.com: This online dating site is just for vegans and vegetarians.
  5. Vegiac: Gluen-free vegetarians network and chat on this site.
  6. ASPCA Vegetarians of the world: This group on the ASPCA community posts photos and events for animal-loving vegans.
  7. Veggie Boards: These boards are described as "the largest and most active vegetarian forum online."
  8. Veg Haven: Join groups, watch videos, post photos and more to find out what causes other vegetarians and vegans are taking up.
  9. VegSpace.com: This vegetarian community features recipes, groups, blogs and more.
  10. Peta2: Young animal activists, vegans and vegetarians connect on this site to share newsworthy items, recipes and more.

Recipes

Here you’ll find loads of yummy vegetarian and vegan recipes for every meal of the day.

  1. VegCooking: This site has a blog, vegan menu station, Q&A with a vegan chef, vegetarian cookbooks, and more.
  2. The Vegan Chef: Choose from recipes for sandwiches, appetizers, beverages, salads, side dishes, salad dressings, stews, breads and more.
  3. AllRecipes.com Vegetarian: Find decadent vegetarian recipes, get tips on cooking with veggies or tofu, and more.
  4. Vegan Recipes: Here you can find yummy vegan recipes like Potatoes Au Gratin, Rice Rolls, Mexican Pizza, Chicken Parmesan and more.
  5. VegWeb: Users review vegetarian recipes like Mock Tuna Salad and Beans and Rice for Lazies.
  6. Recipes Around the World: The International Vegetarian Union shares vegetarian recipes from Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, Australia, Nepal, France, Greece and everywhere else.
  7. Vegan Recipes: Check out recipes like Vegetable Couscous or Tofu Jambalaya, as well as recipes that have no added oils or fats.
  8. The Veggie Table Dessert Recipes: Yummy treats that are veggie-friendly are found here.
  9. Simple Vegetarian Recipes: Here you can find "recipes for real people" for brunch, holidays, pizza night and more.
  10. Vegan Cookie Recipes: Whip up sugar-free cookies, vegan lemon poppyseed cookies and other vegan cookies.
  11. Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes: Find recipes and tips for organizing vegetarian holidays.
  12. RecipeZaar: This site has over 45,500 vegetarian recipes, including condiments, breads, and quick-fix meals.
  13. Better Homes and Gardens: Find grilled veggie recipes, plus vegetarian soups, sandwiches and entire meals.
  14. Tofu Recipes: Get recipes like Basil Tofu and Braised Tofu here.
  15. Best of the Net Recipes: Vegetarian recipe categories on this site include pasta, casseroles, hummus, Japanese, breakfast, fruits, lunch, muffins, and lots more.

Websites for Kids

These sites are designed to educate kids and teens on eating a vegetarian or vegan diet.

  1. Young Veggies: This site is for kids and teens who are wondering what it means to be a vegetarian.
  2. Vegetarian Nutrition for Teenagers: Teens have special dietary needs to help them grow, and this resource will help them find meat alternatives that meet those needs.
  3. Girls Health Vegetarian Eating: GirlsHealth.gov explains the basics of vegetarian eating and nutrition in a straightforward, easy-to-understand way.
  4. Fruit and Vegetable Encyclopedia: This colorful reference from Dole educates kids about potatoes, lemons, pears, raisins, strawberries, bell peppers, and lots of other fruits and veggies.
  5. Vegetarian Diets for Kids: KeepKidsHealthy.com outlines children’s nutritional needs and how they can be satisfied through a vegetarian diet.

Lifestyle

Learn about the transition to vegetarianism or veganism, and what the lifestyle demands, from these sites.

  1. On Becoming Vegan: William Harris, M.D. explains the vegan lifestyle and shares recipes and a food guide.
  2. Vegetarian Channel: Learn about the vegetarian lifestyle on this site, which features forums, dating services, advice on going vegetarian, and more.
  3. How to Choose a Conscious Vegetarian Lifestyle: This simple guide reminds you to consider tips that will make it easier for you to transition to vegetarianism.
  4. Vegetarian Lifestyle – Is It Right For You?: Women’s Healthcare Topics helps you figure out if a vegetarian lifestyle will mesh with your nutritional needs.
  5. Living a Vegan Lifestyle: This article clearly outlines the sacrifices you need to make to become a vegan.
  6. Chill Vegan: Learn about the chill vegan movement here, a group of vegetarians that aspire to be vegans but sometimes stumble.
  7. Why Vegan?: Steve Pavlina explains the benefits of going vegan and going vegetarian.
  8. How to Go Vegan: This article on Care2 shares tips for creating a plan, transitioning to veganism, and learning about the lifestyle.
  9. How to Go Vegan: VegFamily’s interview with Rory Friedman and Kim Barnouin reveals tips for going vegan and options for getting protein.
  10. Six Tips: How to Go Vegan or Vegetarian in 2009: Tips here encourage you to try new protein foods, like almond butter, soy milk, and brown rice.

Health

These sites will help you stay healthy and well-nourished as you practice your conscious lifestyle.

  1. Fruit and Vegetable Variety: Make sure you understand why mixing up your fruit and veggie routine is important.
  2. CVS Vegetarian Health Resources: Here, questions are answered to ease your fears about finding nutrients and maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle as a vegetarian.
  3. 7 Quick Tips for Vegetarian Health: This guide reminds you to drink water, take vitamin supplements and to eat raw fruits and veggies periodically.
  4. Weight Loss Resources for Vegetarians: Get advice on losing weight and find links that will help you get healthy without giving up your diet.
  5. Vegetarian Times: This site is all about living healthy while being a vegetarian.
  6. AmericanHeart.org Vegetarian Diets: The American Heart Association explains the pros and cons of a vegetarian lifestyle.

Miscellaneous

Find even more fun and informative guides here for looking up vegetarian-friendly restaurants, famous vegetarians, and more.

  1. Eating Out: Use this website to find vegetarian-friendly restaurants.
  2. Famous Vegetarians: Check out this extensive list of famous vegetarians, including actors, supermodels, musicians, scientists and others.
  3. How healthy are your eating habits: Find out how much of a vegetarian, or at least a healthy eater, you are.
  4. A Vegetarian Diet: Get specific details on what vegetarians eat and qualities that do and do not make up a vegetarian.