As you've probably been noticing, the USDA introduced a new food icon called MyPlate to replace the food pyramid, MyPyramid.
In the government's movement toward teaching Americans healthy eating habits, have they included vegetarian diets? I did a quick search of the USDA site and found this full page on Vegetarian Diets.
Vegetarian diets can meet all the recommendations for nutrients. The key is to consume a variety of foods and the right amount of foods to meet your calorie needs. Follow the food group recommendations for your age, sex, and activity level to get the right amount of food and the variety of foods needed for nutrient adequacy. Nutrients that vegetarians may need to focus on include protein, iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B12.
It's so important to include as many types of eating when selecting the healthiest plate. We're a diverse country with a broad range of tastes. The key to making the best food choices for you is to make selections based on the correct portion size within each food group AND choose what you like!
Check out this 1 Great Plate™ Poster showcasing 4 unique ways to fill a healthy plate - vegetarian or not, we encourage you to "Make It Yours"!