Have you heard of this? Meatless Monday? You ask me- and I say, Yes! Most definitly I have heard of it, but I guess I really didn’t know what it was until today. I would like to suggest that I am a better dietitian than that- but I have a really hard time keeping up with the news/trends of general information, let alone food and nutrition. (Boo.) I will say that I do frequent several articles and websites related to nutrition and despite the fact that I like to be in the know about what’s hot and what’s not, I still absolutly love basic, simple nutrition advice-I pride myself in that I love my profession so I foresee that I will never stop learning and developing myself as a practitioner of health and wellness. What I have found is that general food and nutrition is in its own trend in popularity-thank goodness-and I came across some hot foodie trends for 2011. Apparently, 2011 is The Year of the Vegetable. Therefore, please welcome Meatless Monday. This term is based on a campaign launched in 2003 with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is on an eager mission of getting Americans to cut their intake of saturated fat. This brilliant idea of going meatless one day a week boasts to accomplish a goal of not only reducing saturated fat by 15%, but could also help to reduce the risk of preventable conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. So- although it isn’t something I leave for Monday’s only, I gladly welcome it for the start of my week!
Think you don’t have enough time for dinner? Now, what did I tell you about that excuse? Meatless dishes are especially quick and easy seeing that you are skipping the braising, baking, browing, or grilling of your meats. Just give me 30 minutes or less for your wholesome meatless meal– hot and ready for tummy-pleasing-goodness.