Ever heard of Meatless Mondays?
Well, Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States. The goal is to help you reduce your meat consumption by 15% in order to improve your personal health and the health of the planet.
Even though it is not a local movement, I thought it was a very good idea to go vegetarian at least once a week.
According to an article published by Forbes Magazine (read more here) :
A diet excessively rich in red and processed meats may be deadly, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine
Benefits of eating vegetables: (read more here) :
Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.
For me, it seems like a logical thing to do. Some people go vegetarian once a week/ month due to religious reasons but in my case, I see it as a good way to eat clean. In fact, I have gotten used to eating so much vegetables that I can go for days without any meat until the craving starts and then I will have some. Even then, it’s usually lean meat like chicken or fish (big fan of salmon).
Some of my favorite vegetables are broccoli, carrots, pumpkin and cherry tomatoes. The only ones I rarely eat are bittergourd and lady’s fingers.
And if you think going meatless consists of boring food, think again. There are so many recipes and dishes to try. Check out this Portobello mushroom burger I had the other day, lovely taste, fulfilled my craving for a burger yet calorie wise, it was significantly reduced.
Here are some other great tasting meatless ideas:
Pancakes made from protein powder and oats, topped with bananas, nuts, peanut butter and drizzled with honey
Egg white muffins (recipe here)
Cous Cous with olives, chickpeas, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, etc (one of my fav dishes to make)
So do consider going meatless at least once a week and see how you feel after that 🙂 This week, I am going meatless as I really felt I have eaten too much the past week due to birthday celebrations. Imagine pizza, chocolate cake and other sinful stuff. Tasty as they were, I am totally feeling sluggish and fell sick over the weekend.
Do you have any vegetarian ideas to share or are you the kind who simply have to have meat everyday?
Thanks for reading!