I’m a huge advocate for stuffed to the brim salads, I adore the produce section of the grocery store and red meat hardly makes my menu but the thought of eating vegetarian never crossed my mind until the idea of Meatless Monday was introduced to me. Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages cutting meat out of your diet once a week to inspire making healthy decisions for your diet at the start of every week. If you are like me and can’t say farewell forever to some of your protein favorites than a once a week commitment to a meat-free menu is the perfect balance to appease your palate and open up your mind to new cooking and eating ideas. Some of those unique Weekly Bite suggestions or fun veggie dips are looking fabulous right about now!
Amanda from Run to the Finish shares her experience with embracing Meatless Monday and taking the weekly idea to new levels….
When I started running it was a great way to lose weight, then it became a great way to rationalize a cookie or two or three. Eventually all of that activity started to rub off on my eating habits and I realized that with better nutrition I could recover faster, run stronger and have more energy all day long.
The idea of going vegan is something I toyed with for a long time before choosing to do a 30 Day Vegan Challenge in March 2012. Prior to starting, I did my homework to understand the best sources of protein and lots of planning so I knew I wouldn’t go hungry!
At the end of 30 days I realized that giving up meat wasn’t particularly hard (eggs are a different story), but I personally feel better with 1 to 2 servings of animal protein a week, plus the occasional dairy. If you aren’t ready to take the full plunge, but wonder how going meatless would work then join the national Meatless Monday trend!
Here is a sample menu:
Breakfast: 1 cup oatmeal, ½ cup berries, 12 walnuts crushed – or I can’t say enough about trying a Green Monster!
Lunch: Southwestern salad of black beans, diced red onions, avocado, spinach, diced red bell pepper, corn, jalapeno ranch dressing and a few Guiltless Gourmet Lime Tortilla chips
Snack: Apple and string cheese
Dinner: Sweet potato fries, tempeh and sauteed kale
Dessert: So Delicious Coconut Ice Cream or a date with almond butter (my favorite pre-run snack)
Not only will you be ensuring that you eat more fruits and veggies, but you will force yourself to think outside the box in the kitchen and be a little green!
Would you ever consider going vegan or vegetarian? How do you feel about a once a week meat-free day? Share your thoughts!
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