Many people wonder, why go meatless? While there is no “one diet fits all,” there can be health benefits from eating less meat. Processed meats (like hot dogs, bacon and deli meats) often contain high levels of saturated fat, which has been linked to illnesses like heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer. In comparison, substituting plant-based foods for meat has been shown to 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 recipe!
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.
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St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center was the first hospital in the Syracuse area to adopt Meatless Monday in 2012. Having undergone a multi-million dollar kitchen renovation, St. Joseph’s revamped their dining services operations allowing them to utilize more fresh vegetables and prepare made-to-order meals for every patient. The hospital practices Meatless Monday by providing diners a variety of meat-free options, like vegetable curry stir fry and eggplant lasagna.
A Meatless Monday partner since 2012, Upstate University Hospital provides a variety of Meatless Monday options and promotes healthy eating for employees, patients and visitors. Upstate’s food service vendor, Morrison’s, has implemented a number of healthy eating initiatives in their dining facilities and offers Meatless Monday entrees like stuffed portobellos and pasta with white beans and sage. Morrison’s continues to expand their selection of Meatless Monday dining options across all their Syracuse area campuses.
If you are looking for a convenient meal on the go, stop by EspressOasis gourmet coffee bar in the main hospital lobby for meatless soups, salads and sandwiches.
Crouse hospital joined the Meatless Monday movement in 2013 with their food service vendor, Sodexo. Sodexo is committed to promoting healthy, sustainable options while maintaining consumer satisfaction. Featured Meatless Monday specials include garden burgers with quinoa pilaf and black bean chili, demonstrating that healthy eating is nutritious and delicious!
Also joining Meatless Monday, the Syracuse VA Medical Center provides high quality care and services to Veterans living in Upstate New York. A number of wellness programs are available for Veterans and employees and the hospital has several initiatives to improve healthy food options, like creating healthy vending options and now, Meatless Monday! Their Food Service operation, Veterans Canteen Services is proudly serving our vets!
You can go Meatless on Monday (or any day of the week!) in any campus dining center or cafe! SU Food Services offers a robust menu of healthy, meatless options every day of the week but features special entrees on Monday. Eating meatless on campus is easy- look for the food labels that identify healthy, meatless options. SU Food Services partners with Healthy Monday to offer samples of featured meatless foods several times per month in the dining centers with the Try Me program. Try out dishes like white bean cakes with fruit salsa, orange-marinated seitan or tofu primavera, the options are endless!