Meatless Monday – Are There Benefits?

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The following post is a post that was written by Cady Schulman, I have changed a few words in the beginning.  That is all.

I am not a vegetarian, but I have noticed that there are some health benefits to eating a meal (or a few meals) a week that do not include meat.  “Meatless Monday” is becoming a trend in America, and there are a plethora of reasons to go meatless one day a week.

Health

Vegetarian meals are healthier than meals including meat. According to meatlessmonday.com, going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable health conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. According to the Mayo Clinic, vegetarians typically weigh less, eat fewer calories and fat, and live longer than people who eat meat. Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, adults need 50-175 grams of protein a day, which can be found in vegetarian meats and beans, among other meatless foods.

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Variety

Running into a recipe rut? Try a meatless meal. From homemade black bean burgers to portabello mushroom sandwiches, you can find some more variety by replacing the meat in your meals one day a week. Using other forms of protein in the kitchen can spark your creativity, and your family likely will look forward to your meatless day because of the variety.

Save Money

Meat can be expensive, and finding a counterpart for protein, such as beans, is much less expensive. Combine those with vegetables, and you have a frugal meal. Even choosing to eat vegetarian meats (usually found in the frozen food section) can be cheaper because they tend to go on sale. Between the two grocery stores I shop at — Fry’s and Safeway — I can usually find MorningStar products on sale when I need them because of my stockpile. Between that and the coupons that usually are available, you have a much cheaper, healthier protein alternative.

Have you chosen to go meatless one day a week? Let me know in the comments!

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