A Pescatarian Diet Plan

Updated April 17, 2017

A pescetarian diet is often seen as a transition toward becoming a vegetarian. It includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, legumes and beans but excludes the meat except for fish and mollusks. Dairy products and eggs are optional.


According to the U.K. Vegetarian Society, fish is not acceptable within a vegetarian diet. They justify this stance on the basis that fish feel pain, ocean stocks are dwindling, which threatens other wildlife dependent upon fish for food, and fishing is wasteful, as an estimated 23 per cent of catches are thrown back dead.

Health Benefits

A pescetarian diet is similar to a healthy Mediterranean diet. One advantage over a traditional vegetarian diet is greater choice on restaurant menus. Pescetarian diets are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, iron and vitamin D.

Sample Diet

Assuming dairy products are included, then breakfast might include fruit juice and high fibre cereal with skimmed milk. Lunch could be a mixed salad with yoghurt dressing, and for the evening meal, grilled salmon steak accompanied by vegetables and rice. For snacks, mixed nuts and seeds, fresh fruit or oatcakes would be options.

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About the Author

Based in South Wales, John Birch has written about pet food and nutrition since 2000, and about Celtic spirituality since 2004. Author of "Heart2Heart" and "Footfall--Prayers for the Journey," he has also written for various U.K. magazines. A winner of NAWG national poetry prize (2005), Birch has diplomas in food technology and business IT from Glamorgan University.