According to the USDA, lentils are part of the vegetable group, but they also fall under the protein group — which is why many people consume lentils as a supplement for meat in a vegetarian diet. Lentils are an excellen... More »

Lentils are a dried bean and member of the legume family. Recipes for stews, soups and salads frequently include lentils. The beans nutrients include iron, magnesium, folate and fiber. Lentils help keep the heart healthy... More » Food Cooking

To make a basic lentil soup recipe on, use lentils, picked and rinsed, and other assorted vegetables. Simmer with olive oil, broth and seasonings in a large 6-quart Dutch oven. Preparation time is 30 minu... More » Food Cooking

A typical low-protein diet includes fruits, grains, breads, vegetables and small amounts of protein sources, such as meats, dairy products and nuts, according to the National Institutes of Health. A common recommendation... More » Food Food Facts

A plant-based diet is one in which one consumes mainly fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and tubers, with little to no consumption of meat, dairy products and eggs, nor highly refined foods such as bleached flour... More » Food Food Facts

A vegetarian diet is generally an eating program that does not allow meat, instead focusing on vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds and grains. However, there are several forms of vegetarian diets. More » Health Nutrition & Diets

According to the Mayo Clinic, all children need protein, fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy as part of their diet. Calorie requirements change with age, ranging from a low of 1,000 calories per day for a toddler or pre... More » Health Nutrition & Diets