Try skipping meat for just ONE day each week. Now we’re not saying give up steak or go all-out vegetarian. But eating more plant-based food is a healthy decision because experts agree eating less meat is better for your health. Why? First, a plant-based diet with fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes and nuts is high in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. And second, vegetarians (people who don’t eat meat) eat fewer calories, less fat, and have a lower risk of heart disease. How’s that for an incentive! So now that you’re thinking meatless, are you wondering just how much protein you need? Glad you asked. Protein needs vary based on body size, medical conditions, and activity level. For a 2,000 calorie diet, daily protein should be about 50 grams. But remember, if you eat higher calorie proteins, stick to smaller portions like half an ounce of nuts, or 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Over time, just one meatless day each week can yield weight loss, more energy, vitality, and better health. So give it a try. Who knows? You may like it so much, Monday may not be your only meatless day of the week!
What About Lunch?
You may already eat a meatless breakfast, but a meatless lunch? That may leave you scratching your head since deli meats are often our lunch food of choice. Have no fear, we've got meatless options right here!
Replacing meat with other protein sources is simple with this list of alternatives. Packed with protein, these options won't leave you wondering "Where's the beef?"
And Have You Zoodled?
Speaking of adding veggies to your diet, zoodles are noodles made out of zucchini or other squash using a spiralizer. Think of them as a fresh and healthy alternative to pasta that offers fewer carbs and calories, and a great way to add fiber to your diet. But don't stop there - you can use your spiralizer for apples, sweet potatoes, beets, and more. Before you know it, you'll be making oodles of zoodles! Try this recipe for caprese zoodles to get you started.