Four Reasons to Go Meatless this Monday

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016

Last year, we told you about Meatless Monday, a growing trend to forgo meat at least one day per week. Since 2003, the Meatless Monday initiative has been steadily gaining steam, with celebrities, chefs, companies, schools and restaurants joining in on the campaign.

So what are the benefits of abstaining from meat on Mondays? A meatless menu may help you:

1. Reduce Your Impact: From the pasture to the package, the entire process of meat farming and manufacturing consumes a massive amount of resources, including water and fossil fuels. According to the Environmental Working Group, if everyone in the U.S. skipped meat and cheese just once per week, it would be equal to taking 7.6 million cars off the road!

2. Cut Back on Saturated Fat: Red meat is typically chock-full of saturated fat, which can contribute to many health problems. According to the Meatless Monday campaign, leaving meat off the menu just once per week can help cut your saturated fat consumption as much as 15%!

3. Trim Your Waistline: Along with saturated fat, meat can also be high in calories, cholesterol and, in the case of processed products, sodium.  Adding more legumes, grains, fruits and veggies to your diet can help you cut down on calories while providing your body with an array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients from natural sources. If you’re snacking on nuts or dried fruits, which can be high in calories or sugar, remember that just a handful is enough to keep you full.

4. Discover New Foods: For those of us who are stuck in a routine, Meatless Monday offers a way to branch out and discover new foods and meals. Ever had quinoa or acorn squash? Now is the perfect time to try them ““ you just may find your new favorite food!