Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians: What’s on the Menu Today?

Author: Shannon Miller Lifestyle

Perhaps you are a new lacto-ovo vegetarian and looking for some food option ideas or maybe you are just wondering what the heck it means to be “lacto-ovo” and what a daily menu looks like for such a vegetarian.  Whatever your interest, you’ve come to the right place! 

It’s a fancy name but really being a lacto-ovo vegetarian just means that you are a vegetarian who eats milk and eggs products.  This type of vegetarian is the most common in the Western world.

Check out an average menu for a lacto-ovo vegetarian below:


  • An orange
  • Pancakes with syrup and butter
  • Coffee with milk


  • Vegetable soup
  • Bagel with cheese
  • Spinach salad with mushrooms and dressing
  • An apple
  • Iced tea


  • An omelette: egg whites, green peppers, onions, mozzarella cheese, and vegetable oil
  • Brown rice and carrots seasoned with light margarine      
  • Whole wheat bread with light margarine
  • Fig bar cookie
  • Tea with honey 

TIP:  It all sounds pretty yummy to me – as well as healthy and not too expensive!  If you and your family are looking to do something a little different this week, forget taco night, have a lacto-ovo night!

Source: “Lacto-ovo Vegetarian Cuisine”,  National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.  

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