Many people wonder, why go meatless? While there is no “one diet fits all,” there can be health benefits from eating less meat and a more balanced diet. Processed meats (like hot dogs, bacon and deli meats) often contain high levels of saturated fat, which may be linked to illnesses like heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer. Substituting plant-based foods and balancing the intake of different foods may reduce these health risks, which could result in a better quality of life and increased longevity.
Meatless Monday doesn’t mean you have to give up eating meat, but rather use Monday as a day to increase your intake of plant-based foods like fruits & vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts & seeds. These foods also contain protein and are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. Meatless Monday is a reminder to be mindful of the food you eat and the dietary choices you make. Once a week, we provide an opportunity to get your daily nutrients and try a new food!
Our partners who participate in Meatless Monday are committed to featuring meatless entrees and options on Mondays. The Meatless Monday campaign is based on personal choice, so our partners will continue to serve meat on Mondays, with an emphasis on meatless choices. By doing so, our partners increase knowledge, choice and mindfulness in our eating habits. If you are a hospital, restaurant or university interested in starting a Meatless Monday campaign, contact us for more information and support in getting started.
Want to learn more? Check out some benefits for going Meatless.
Check out our plant based partners page to find out who in our community is going meatless!