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Go meat-free this Monday!

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 this week.

 

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 environment.

 

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.

 

Breakfast:

 

Cereal, milk and fruit OR baked beans on wholegrain toast

 

Lunch:

 

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.

 

Dinner:

 

Try this week' s feature recipe,  Moroccan Vegetables and Chickpea Couscous.

 

Snacks:

 

Fresh fruit

Vegetable sticks

Raw nuts

For more Meat-Free Monday ideas visit: Foodwise - Meat-free Mondays.