Make next Monday a meatless one. “Meatless Mondays” is a non-profit health initiative that has become increasingly popular over the years, not only in the US but also around the globe. And if the name doesn’t speak for itself, it’s one day of the week that you skip out on the meats and amp up on fruits, veggies, grains and legumes instead.
There are quite a few benefits of Meatless Mondays. Let’s walk through some of them:
By cutting meat out of your diet on Meatless Mondays, you should still be substituting protein. Foods like beans, quinoa, nuts and seeds are sources of protein that add nutrients to your diet. By eating more plant-based sources of protein instead of meat, you can reduce the amount of saturated fats in your diet. Try this Two-Bean Vegetarian Chili or Creamy Linguine with Vegetables for a tasty, Healthy Living meal full of protein.
According to research, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables with a limited amount of red meat can increase longevity. Be sure to include 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, including Meatless Mondays. Get your fix with this sweet and savory Thai Peanut-Pineapple Fried Rice.
Research suggests that eating less meat and more plant-based foods such as vegetables, beans and nuts may improve heart health, protect against the risk of heart disease, help maintain a healthy weight, decrease the risk of diabetes and promote kidney health. This Ants on a Log recipe is a great fruit and veggie snack for Meatless Mondays.
By eliminating meat from your diet just one day a week, you can experience and contribute to the benefits of Meatless Mondays. Discover some of our favorite vegetarian recipes that will have you looking forward to Monday!