Making a Case for Meatless Mondays

In a country where pizza can be considered a vegetable, french fries are still a school menu staple and chocolate milk is a creditable way to ensure a child gets enough dairy during the school day, it comes as no surprise that kids are more familiar with  processed, dairy and meat based products than whole grains and plant- based foods.The disproportionate amount of money spent by lobbiests and food corporations to ensure children get their meat, dairy and nutrient-poor food is one of the many reasons why Red Rabbit places an enthusiastic emphasis on eating vegetables!


Introducing: Meatless Mondays!

Gently introduce more plants into your diet is by joining the Meatless Monday Movement!

Believe it or not, going meatless for one day each week isn’t as 21st century an idea as it might seem: the federal government first started urging citizens to go meatless one day per week as part of an effort to conserve food during World War I. It’s been a recurring theme in the decades since, was reinvigorated in 2003 with the launch of a national campaign coordinated by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center for a Livable Future, and spiked in popularity and practice when Oprah explored the benefits of a meatless diet on her program, and subsequently instituted Meatless Mondays at her studio’s cafe.


Can forgoing meat one day each week really make a difference in our health?

The consensus is yes, it can.  Scientific research credits a balanced, plant-based diet for carrying such benefits as reducing risk for chronic, degenerative disease. This has led to the shift from thinking that a well-balanced, meatless diet would leave people more prone to disease, to the understanding that it in fact can affect quite the opposite - particularly compared to a meat-centered one. The Meatless Mondays campaign is a great way to create excitement in our kids to consider an alternative way of eating that will only benefit them in the long run.


Here are a few easy tips for trying Meatless Favorites: 

  • At breakfast, try fortified soy milk in place of cow's milk in your cereal.

  • At lunch, skip the ham sandwich and add nuts to a salad for a nutritionally-balanced lunch.

  • At dinner, use beans in place of beef, poultry and fish in popular recipes.

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Note: This Blog first appeared in 2015 by Halely Lutz and has been updated

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