Did you know it was National Vegetarian Week?
I would like to challenge you to eat at least one healthy vegetarian dish per day. It can be a veggie burger on a whole wheat bun with oven baked sweet potato fries. A garden salad loaded with fresh veggies, light fruit, nuts and seeds, no cheese with a vinaigrette or just oil and vinegar. For Taco Tuesday, veggie whole wheat tacos or quesadillas. Whole wheat pasta with veggies, a veggie sandwich, or even a veggie plate. The possibilities are endless.
Here are a few benefits as to why you should go vegetarian at least once or twice a week.
1. It’s budget friendly. You can save money by not buying meats/poultry. Fresh and frozen veggies especially ones that are in season are quite inexpensive.
2. You receive more of your daily nutrients in your diet such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber from eating more fruit, veggies and whole grains.
3. It helps prevent heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes and obesity.
4. It’s good for the environment by reducing the carbon footprint. Livestock/meat contributes to 15% of the global human caused greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
Even if you can’t do it everyday this week, try it for one or two days. Your body will thank you for it.