Meatless Monday’s

By Erin Schindler

Have you tried going a day or 2 a week meatless? Or does it come naturally already? Going meatless for
a day or 2 a week can not only boost your health, but it can also help the planet. There are also such
great recipes and meal ideas to try. The lists are endless. Vegans and Vegetarians are the fastest
growing group in America. It is a booming business. And for good reason…..our health! A plant-based
diet is the only diet that can reverse disease. Not too shabby for the waistline either.

Earlier this year NYC public hospitals began serving plant-based lunches and now are starting to do the
same for dinner. Hospitals are known for serving meat, dairy, and processed food to their sick patients.
Its nice to see that they are now looking at healthier options.

College dining is also seeing a change! Aramark, which is the largest foodservice provider in the US, has
committed to make 44% of their dining options plant-based by 2025. Not only will this help our planet,
but it will also provide healthier options as well and give vegetarians and vegans more options.
So, what to eat? We are just starting soup season! That is one of my favorite things to eat during the
week. Liz has posted a few great soup recipes including split pea soup which is loaded with protein.
3.5oz of steak has 22 grams of protein and so do beans. What steak doesn’t have is fiber. Also, beans
have more iron, calcium and magnesium. What beans don’t have is cholesterol!

Meatless meals should be built around beans, lentils, whole grains, and vegetables. Not only is it less expensive, but it also benefits your health.

Vegetarians and vegans that focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and beans, also
generally eat less calories and have a lower risk or cardiovascular disease. Even non vegetarians that
reduce their meat intake can have a protective effect!

So, keep up with the Meatless Mondays! As I said in my last article, red meat eaters and processed meat eaters are at an increased risk of death from heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as certain cancers.

Do the research and give it a try! I imagine you will see what I saw, more energy and increased
endurance. Well worth it.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

Blessing for an amazing week!


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