Give Bessie a Break!

Bessie the CowPoor Bessie! The life of a cow isn’t all that exciting, despite what those commercials for California cheese say (check them out on YouTube for a bit of a laugh). For August and September, we’re going to try and focus on going meatless once in awhile, and trying to eat more fish. If you take a look through my archives, you’ll see I actually did a Vegetarian Week (September 8-11) with some information on the “Meatless Monday” movement on September 11th (click here to see it).

Changing up your meal variety is important though, and taking a break from red meats is definitely a healthy choice. Try instead going for fish instead, with it’s lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. In a 3oz. serving of fish, you get 22 grams of protein from Tuna, Salmon, Halibut or Snapper.  Eggs will give you 6 grams of protein in one large sized egg.

On the vegetable/grain side of things, a 3oz. slice of Tofu will give you 6 grams of protein, while a cup of Edamame will give you a whopping 29 grams! A cup of Kidney or White Beans will give you 17 grams each. Nuts and Seeds will give you on average 9 grams per ounce for Pumpkin/Squash Seeds, and 6-7 grams per ounce for Peanuts, Almonds and Pistachios.

Today’s recipe calls for grilling some Salmon, a good heart-healthy choice, both in the the protein and cooking method. For those of you who have concerns regarding the mercury level in fish, studies have shown that the positive health benefits of eating this protein out-weigh the potential harmful ones. You should always eat smart though, in addition to healthy. Check with your local fish monger which fish is freshest, where it was sourced, and make sure that it is sustainable. It doesn’t do us any good to eat healthy now, if there is no healthy world for our children to grow up in.

AugustGo Meatless!
Try and go meatless one day a week for all three meals, or at least try doing one breakfast, lunch and dinner at some point through the week that is meat-free!

SeptemberEat More Fish!
Make seafood the centerpiece of two meals a week. There are so many wonderful choices out there! Get to know your local fish monger!

Tune back in tomorrow, to see how the healthy habits wrap up for the year!

Advertisements

Vegetarian Week Day 4 – Meatless Mondays

Meatless Monday

Yes, I know today is Thursday! But I wanted to let you know about the Meatless Mondays movement that is spreading across the globe. People all over the world are taking one day a week to go meat-free, and they’re doing it for a whole host of reasons. There are those who look at it as nice change to their diet, or those that want to eat more veggies, but don’t want to convert to full vegetarianism. There is the health factor of cutting back on animal based protein to help lower your cholesterol and trans-fat intakes, as well as boosting your vitamin and fibre allowance. There is the economic viewpoint as well… eggplant is cheaper than ground beef! Finally, for my earth-loving readers, there is the environmental impact as well. We can cut down on our water usage, as the water needs of livestock are much greater than those of vegetables and grains.

– Approximately 7000 litres of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef.
– Approximately 148 litres of water are needed to produce a pound of vegetables.

Americans consume nearly four times the amount of animal protein than the global average. When compared with current food intake in the US, a vegetarian diet could reduce water consumption by up to 58% per person.

So, you can join the movement, and make your Mondays meat-free, or any day of the week… give Bessy the cow the night off and go hunting for some carrots!

To read more about Meatless Mondays check out their website at www.meatlessmondays.ca