Meatless Monday is Good for The Planet – and Your Budget
Posted on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 at 7:00 am
Meatless Monday has delicious plant-based recipes and guides to help your family implement Meatless Monday at home. Swapping out meat for plant-based foods is a good way to celebrate Earth Day, and to save money on groceries.
According to Meatless Monday, vegetables and fruits have nutrients and special natural compounds called phytochemicals that serve as antioxidants to neutralize damage to cells, and can help fight pathogens. A healthy diet can help strengthen your immune system.
Fresh fruits and vegetables can sometimes be expensive – but they are less expensive than meat. You can lower your grocery bill by purchasing canned fruit or vegetables, or choosing frozen over fresh. Your favorite grocery store might have ready-to-eat entrees or premade veggie burgers (or other meat alternatives).
Meatless Monday has plenty of meatless recipes that you can make. One example is Cauliflower Buffalo Wings, which are a meatless alternative to chicken.
Another example is Very Green Spring Pasta, which uses both whole wheat pasta and zucchini noodles. It also includes plenty of veggies, lemon zest, and grated parmesan or dairy-free parmesan (among other ingredients).
Reducing the consumption of meat can help contain production of greenhouse gasses that impact climate change. It also helps to lessen the demand for precious environmental resources such as land, water, and energy, Meatless Monday points out. Livestock production creates more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector – all the cars, trucks, planes, and trains in the world.
Producing one quarter-pound beef burger uses 425 gallons of water – enough to fill 10 bathtubs. Skipping one serving of beef every Monday for a year saves the equivalent emissions to driving 348 miles in a car.