Don't focus on how much you eat. Focus on what you eat.
We love a good St. Patrick's Day celebration full of green goodies as much as the next guy. But there is no denying it - when it comes to our health, these treats tend to do more harm than good. (In fact, some studies show that the dyes used may have some unsettling side effects). So, instead of over indulging this St. Patty's day, try balancing out your day with healthy and naturally green recipes. Here's a list of our favourites.
Meatless Monday is a nonprofit initiative developed by the Monday Campaigns with a simple message: By cutting out meat once per week, you can improve your health and our environment.
On Average, Americans consume 8 ounces of meat per day, which is a whopping 45% higher than the USDA recommendation. Eating meatless (even for just one day a week) is a great way to trim the saturate fat from your meals and eat more nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, beans and grains.
If you're interest in joining the movement but don't know where to start, heres some information to help you get started.
MONDAY = FRESH START
Research shows that Monday is the perfect day to make small, positive changes. It is the first day of the workweek and often represents a fresh start for many. People are also more likely to start diets, exercise regiments, quit smoking and schedule doctor's appointments on Monday than any other day.
IT'S EASIER THAN YOU THINK
Today, vegetarian cooking is more popular than ever and with just a click of a button (hello, Pinterest) you can find delicious, meat-free alternatives to your favourite recipes even the pickiest carnivores will love.
Eggplant parmesan anyone?
IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR WALLET
Reducing your meat consumption once a week has been shown to reduce your risk of getting chronic preventable conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Going meatless is also a great way to keep money in your pocket. Vegetarian diets tend to be cheaper - especially if it includes protein-rich beans and legumes. These items can easily be bought at discount prices and in bulk without having to worry about expiration dates.
A FAMILY THAT COOKS TOGETHER, EATS TOGETHER
Sometimes getting your whole family to embrace Meatless Monday is no easy task - especially when it comes to your kids. However, studies show that kids are more likely to eat more vegetables and try new foods if they have a hand in cooking.
The Kids Cook Monday is a great resource for family-friendly recipes and videos that will help you get your family cooking and eating together.
MEATLESS RECIPES TO TRY RIGHT NOW
Get started tonight with one of our top picks for Meatless Monday dinner. These recipes are so good, your family won't even miss the meat.
If chicken parm is a family favourite this baked eggplant parmesan is a must try. This version is lighter but still has all the same delicious and comforting flavours of the original.
[Photograph: The Kids Cook Monday]
This salad recipe by The Kids Cook Monday is a great way to get your kids to join in on the fun. Plus, it details where exactly your kids can help out, along with tips and tricks to get your family excited for healthy dinners.
Get the recipe here from The Kids Cook Monday.
Do you have a favourite Meatless Monday recipe? Share it with us in the comment section below!
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Whether you refer to them as a fruit or a vegetable, tomatoes are one of the most popular and versatile foods out there. They are the ultimate burger topper, the most important ingredient in pasta sauce and lets not even think about what a slice of pizza or a fresh salad would be without the glorious tomato.
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? It can be scary. From recreating classic holiday dishes that meet everyones expectations to making sure everything is ready in a timely manner, it's enough to make any cook pack up and run for the hills.
But don't stress just yet. Equipped with a good plan, some organizational skills and proper recipes, you"ll be able to make Thanksgiving an easy and memorable occasion. Thats right: easy and memorable. So get out that turkey and tie up your apron because we've put together a guide with some of the best tips and recipes to ensure your cooking and entertaining impresses even the pickiest of guests.
In recent years in Ontario, there has been a growth in local markets and a greater shift to local, organic and the whole notion of sustainable food. Consumers are more aware and conscious of their food decisions making healthier, more environmentally and social choices. Local food not only stimulates the Ontario and local economy, but it supplies more jobs to people and works together with other sectors in the area.