The Vegan Food Pyramid is a similar triangular-shape nutritional food chart as the regular one, but this one is for Vegans. There are six basic food groups inside this pyramid, charting how much food should be eaten from each group on a daily basis.
On the bottom of this pyramid are two food groups. The Veggie Group consists of a colorful array of vegetables. Vegans should consume three to five servings of these veggies per day. The Fruit Group consists of all kinds of juicy fruits, which can be juiced or eaten. Vegans should eat two to four servings of fruits per day.
The second level includes whole grains, bread, rice, pasta and cereal. Six to eleven servings is required per day.
The third level includes two groups, the Dairy Substitutes Group as well as the group that consists of legumes, seeds and beans. Dairy Substitutes, such as soymilk, rice milk, almond milk, hemp milk, vegan butter and cheese, and tofu, contains protein. Vegans should consume two to three servings per day from this group. Legumes, seeds and beans should also be consumed two to three servings per day.
The fourth, and very top of the pyramid layer, is the Vegetable Oils and Fats Group. This group consists of sweets, salt, spices, nuts, vegetable oils and fatty foods. It is advisable to eat from this group less often, such as once a day to maybe satisfy a craving.
As you plan your daily meals from this chart, remember to add at least eight to ten glasses of water per day. It is important to drink even more water during hot weather, gym workouts, and an active and busy schedule.