In 2003 The Mondays Campaign started something called Meatless Mondays. It is a national movement that has support from schools of public health. It focuses on making the first day of the week a little healthier. This day of meat-free eating is now observed in schools, workplaces, communities, and 23 other countries around the world.
The goal of this initiative is to make everyone’s start of the week as healthy as possible. It also aims to help the health of our planet by reducing meat consumption by 15 percent. There have been many research studies that have shown that reduced meat consumption reduces your intake of saturated fats. This can lower your risk for certain cardiovascular diseases and some cancers.
When you eat meat, you don’t really think about where it comes from or how it got to your kitchen table. Research has found that from the time the meat is still on the animal to the time it is on your kitchen tons of water and fossil fuels are used. This is due to the raising, processing, and shipping procedures. It takes 2,000 gallons of water to make just one pound of ground beef.
There are many great recipes out on the web that don’t include meat at all. Joining Meatless Mondays is very simple; just cut out your meat consumption for a day!
For breakfast, try having oatmeal with fruit or toast with peanut butter (which is a great source of protein and good fats). For lunch you can have salad, fruit, or even a black bean burger that is made from just veggies and beans. For dinner you could have macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, or a salad.