The new year always invites me to think about my and my family’s lifestyle and habits. Any reflection on our lifestyle obviously gets me thinking about food and eating healthier. In our quest to eat healthier and to live a more sustainable life we have decided to take the Meatless Monday challenge this year.
What is Meatless Monday?
Meatless Monday is a global movement that encourages people to reduce meat in their diet for their health and the health of the planet.
Meatless Monday’s simple message to “skip meat once a week” works because it provides a regular cue to take action on Monday, which research shows is the day people are most open to making positive changes. The campaign believes that starting each week practicing Meatless Monday can encourage people to eat more fruits, vegetables, and plant-based meals throughout the rest of the week.
Why Meatless Monday?
Replacing meat with healthy plant-based alternatives not only can help reduce the incidence of chronic preventable diseases, but also preserve precious land and water resources, and combat climate change…which is all great!
How do I take part?
Commit to not eating meat on Mondays. The campaign offers great recipes, how-to-guides, and even virtual cooking classes. Check out their website. You can also subscribe for their weekly newsletter which is always full of great recipe ideas.
We plan to cut meat, as far as possible, from our diets on Mondays (that is if I do not forget its Monday). This is definitely going to be a challenge, because as a Boere-girl my meal planning always starts with what meat is on the plate. I am extremely excited to learn more about healthy plant-based alternatives and try out new recipes. I will be posting our Meatless Monday meal and the recipe on my blog each Tuesday. If you plan to join us on this meatless adventure, please let me know. It would be great to share our experiences and swop some recipes.
To a healthier and happier 2021!