Looking to add Meatless Monday to your meal plan? Limiting the amount of meat you eat per week may reduce your chance of chronic conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Eating a lot of red or processed meats is linked to a higher risk of developing certain cancers. Ditching meat at your meals one day a week will encourage you to eat other foods that are good for your health. Plant based diets that include veggies, fruits, grains, beans, and nuts are high in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. Check out these other 6 great benefits of Meatless Mondays:

Reduce Heart Disease and Stroke: Fruits and vegetables help your body fight cardiovascular disease. If you are excluding meat, be sure to still eat a well-balanced meal. Eating no meat on Mondays will encourage you to increase your veggie, fruit, whole grain, and legume intake.

Lower Cancer Risk: Red meat or processed meat may increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Having a diet rich in vegetables and fruits may lower your risk of cancer.

Prevent diabetes: Diets low in processed meat, and high in plant-based foods, may reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Adding more greens to your diet can help you maintain a healthy weight through a well-balanced diet, which is a key factor in preventing type 2 Diabetes.

Prevent obesity: Because greens are so rich in fiber, those who eat vegetarian diets have a lower risk of obesity. As obesity may lead to other health issues, going green on Mondays may help you maintain a healthy weight.

Save Money: Not only is excluding meat on Mondays good for your health, but also for your wallet. Save a few bucks each week by skipping meat on Mondays!

Reduce your carbon footprint: Avoiding meat just one day a week saves valuable resources that can then be used elsewhere. This greatly lowers a person’s carbon footprint and helps us maintain wildlife and resources.

To learn more about Meatless Mondays, please visit the Mayo clinic’s website.

Interested in Meatless Mondays? Give this Chickpea Quinoa Burger recipe from MeatlessMonday.com a try!


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