The nurse is caring for a client who adheres to a lacto-vegetarian diet. Which meal tray would the nurse deliver to the client?

  1. chicken sandwich, brown rice, yogurt, and milk
  2. steamed vegetables with rice and apple slices
  3. scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, dry toast, and milk
  4. baked zucchini, spinach salad with cheese, and yogurt
Number 4 is correct.
Rationale: Lacto-vegetarians eat milk, cheese, and dairy but no meat, fish, poultry, or eggs. The lacto-ovo-vegetarian includes eggs in the diet; option 3 reflects this diet choice. Vegans eat only plant-based foods and would choose option 2. Option 1 contains poultry and would not fall under vegetarian diet guidelines.