Health & Wellness Tuesday: Meatless Monday

Have you all heard of this movement?!  I think it is a FANTASTIC idea!  I always thought that I’d have to be a full-on vegetarian to truly derive it’s benefits but I recently learned that is not true.  Just ONE day a week without meat can have a positive effect on your health – hence the Meatless Monday movement.

The most important thing to me is to be provided with recipes to help me remain satisfied the whole day and their website provides plenty for you!  Breakfast and lunch are easy but once dinner hits… that’s where I need help and I would imagine most of you do as well.

I saw a segment on 60 minutes a few months ago which featured Chef Jose Andres’ new restaurant (if you can call it that as their are only 6 seats) called “minibar” located in Washington D.C.  He’s quite a personality and I found that his opinion about the taste of meat made a lot of sense.  He said, “Well, meat to me, it’s slightly boring. Hold on, I love meat too but only once in a while. You get a piece of meat and you put it in your mouth, you chew, the first five seconds, all the juices flow around your mouth, they’re gone, and then you are 20 more seconds chewing something that is tasteless at this point. Something like this doesn’t happen with a pineapple, an asparagus, or a green pea.”  You can read the whole article and watch the full segment here.

Chris Elam is the Program Director for Meatless Monday and he has posted several interesting blogs on his page at The Huffington Post.  I suggest checking them out if you are at all interested in trying this because he has some very convincing points about the subject and provides additional recipes.

Given that it’s Tuesday and I had a big, juicy hamburger for dinner last night, I’ll have to start my Meatless Mondays NEXT week but I look forward to giving this a try!  Let me know if any of you attempt it and how it goes for you!

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