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Recently a client told me that she follows “Meat free Mondays.”

This got me thinking, and the next Monday I announced to my hubby that we too were embracing the concept.  (You can imagine his face!)

The initiative was started as a means to cut carbon emissions – a UN survey in 2006 showed that the livestock industry was responsible for 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.  Cutting out meat for one day a week is a meaningful change that people can make. With the soaring meat prices, the added bonus is that you will save a rand or two!

When I first heard of the idea, I must admit, I was more interested in the health aspects, rather than the environmental impact. I do what I can to reduce, reuse and recycle, so I am
more than happy to embrace Meat Free Monday’s as an environmental endeavour, but
I would like to focus on the nutritional benefits of doing so.

Vegetables, as we all know, are full of vitamins and minerals. Vegetables can be an excellent source of protein. Chickpeas, lentils and beans are great sources of protein, full of fibre and low in fat! By cutting out meat, you significantly reduce the amount of
saturated fat and cholesterol that you are eating and this will have a positive effect on weight management and cholesterol levels.

We have been brought up with the thinking that a meal must consist of meat, but this isn’t necessarily true. Vegetarians manage to consume a balanced, healthy diet, by focusing on
healthy grains, fruits and vegetables. We can do the same!

Visit www.meatfreemondays.com to read more, or to find some excellent, meat-free recipes.

You never know, you might even like it!