I know it seems as though I am pushing part time vegetarianism on you, but this time I can honestly say it wasn’t my idea. Meatless Monday’s is a movement urging individuals to go meatless on Mondays to promote a healthier life and cleaner environment. By going meatless once a week you already begin to decrease your risk of chronic diseases (such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity), as well as reduce your carbon footprint and not to mention, save a few dollars.
While this movement is gaining serious momentum (even Mario Batali is incorporating Meatless Mondays into his 14 restaurants), the idea isn’t revolutionary. During World War I, Herbert Hoover, the head of the Food Administration at the time, implemented “Meatless Monday” and “Wheatless Wednesday” in order to aid war effort by reducing consumption of key staples. “Food will win the war” became a mantra, and I’m not sure if it was laying off of meat and wheat that necessarily won the war, but who am I to rewrite history?
And why Mondays? Aside from why not, it’s a great way to start your week off on the right foot and to get it out of the way.
If you do decide to join the movement and go meatless on Mondays I want you to keep in mind that you need to still be conscious of what you are eating- choose healthy fats and proteins, not everything vegetarian is healthy. When picking a protein stick to eggs, low fat yogurt, milk (or soy milk), tofu, beans, nuts and nut butters. By going meatless you will increase the amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet while decreasing the number of potential harmful carcinogens that are found in meat.
Deciding to go meatless on Mondays really isn’t the difficult part, deciding what to make/eat is. Here are some great recipes for each meal and snack time.
Swiss Chard and Potato Frittata from Nourished Kitchen (use
margarine instead of butter and omit heavy cream)
Strawberry GingeredHoney Yogurt from Meatless Monday
Chipotle Hummus Harvest Wrap from Meatless Monday
Skillet Gnocci with Chard and White Beans from Eating Well
Korean BBQ Tofu Tacos from Meatless Mondays
Check out www.meatlessmondays.com for more information!