Try a Meatless Monday

Going meatless one day a week can greatly benefit your health and our environment.

What is Meatless Monday you ask? Created as a public health awareness program in association with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future, its goal is to get people to forgo meat one day a week. The benefits (read the full list of benefits here ) are numerous. From limiting your cancer risk to reducing your carbon footprint, the small change of skipping meat on Mondays (or any other day of the week) can go a long way.

But what will I eat, you might ask? Are you trying to turn me into a vegan? No, instead I want you to think of new and creative things to eat instead of the traditional standbys of chicken and steak. It’s easier than you think to make Meatless Monday a weekly ritual…even for the biggest carnivores out there.

Need some inspiration? Try these recipes. I’ve personally made each one. Not only are they easy and delicious, but helped cure the occasional case of the Mondays.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Scramble for the Morning Scramble
Wipe the Egg Off Your Face Enchilada Stacks
Don’t Let the Name Scare You Green Monster Smoothie

“But How Do You Get Your Protein?” Couscous Pita
Time for the Tortilla Chips Grilled Avocado with Salsa

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Red Meat Bean Burgers
Yo Quiero Roasted Chickpea Tacos

Have a Meatless Monday recipe you think we should try? Let us know!

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