Go meat-free this Monday!
Australians love meat but more and more people are choosing to
skip the steak once a week in the interest of saving the planet,
money and improving their health. So give Meat-Free Monday a go
What is Meat-Free Monday?
Meat-Free Monday is a global campaign encouraging people across
the world to swap their meat for a meat-free alternative just one
day a week.
Why go meat-free?
There are several reason why you might choose to go meat-free
this Monday. One reason is to protect our environment. The
production and processing of meat has quite an impact on our
environment, agriculture is responsible for up to 15.5 per cent of
Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions. So choosing to go
meat-free once a week is a small step in helping to protect our
While environmental concerns are certainly important, Diabetes
Queensland is encouraging Queenslanders to go meat free to protect
their health and hip pocket. Meat is an important source of
protein, iron, zinc and other vitamins and minerals. But it can
also be a source of additional kilojoules and of course saturated
fat. 90 per cent of Queenslanders don't eat enough vegetables, so
choosing a meat alternative such as legumes once a week can help
reach the target of five serves of vegetables a day.
Meat can be expensive, so by going meat-free once a week you can
save at least $10-$20, if not more, on your weekly grocery bill.
Just think what you could use that extra cash for!
Tips to go meat-free next Monday.
Struggling to think what you could possibly cook that doesn't
have meat in it? Don't worry, we have you covered. Some great
alternatives to meat on your Monday include tofu, chickpeas, kidney
beans, eggs, baked beans, felafel or packaged vegetarian meals.
Still unsure? Use our Meat-Free Monday plan as your guide.
Cereal, milk and fruit OR baked beans on wholegrain toast
Salad of lettuce leaves, tomato, cucumber and capsicum. Top it
off with a sliced boiled egg and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.
Finish off your meal with a small tub of low fat yoghurt.
Try this week' s feature recipe,
Moroccan Vegetables and Chickpea Couscous.
For more Meat-Free Monday ideas visit: Foodwise - Meat-free