Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, Wednesday was “Prince spaghetti day” in every kitchen but ours; according to my memories we had meatloaf. In retrospect it is interesting to me the influence a simple ad campaign had on the eating habits of many Americans. Flash forward to 2013. We still remember to have pasta on Wednesday but now movements to change dietary habits have social overtones.
Take meatless Monday for example. Eliminating meat from just one day a week can significantly reduce our carbon footprint related to cattle farming. It can also lead to significant improvement in your family’s health.
Founded in 2003 by Sid Lerner from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, meatless Monday can be a simple first-step to reducing cholesterol, saturated fat and calories in your diet.
According to a study conducted by the Meatless Monday campaign, the benefits extend beyond simply eating less meat each week.
- 73% report eating more vegetables
- 64% report eating more fruit
- 42% report eating more beans
- 47% report eating more whole grains
Trying to go meatless on Monday? In keeping with our theme this month, Eat Right YourWay, Every Day, consider these tips to get started:
- Try vegetarian options from different cuisines (Mexican, Thai, Indian).
- Not a fan of curry? How about a hearty vegetable soup, salad and crusty bread instead.
- Breakfast for dinner is always a treat. Scrambled eggs and pancakes is quick and easy.
- Veggie burger on a whole grain bun with your favorite beef burger toppings.
- Love comfort food? Baked macaroni and cheese can be the base for a satisfying meal.
There are lots of ways to accomplish this while keeping your food preferences in mind. Meatless Monday may be just what you need to jump start a healthier lifestyle for 2013.