If you dread Mondays after a long relaxing weekend, wouldn’t it be nice to kick it off feeling healthy and rejuvenated? If that doesn’t sound realistic, you’ll be happy to know that the trick is to start off your week eating healthy: going meatless on Mondays!
Reducing the meat intake in your diet has plenty of benefits. Eating vegetarian meals can help you lose weight, reduce your cardiovascular risk, and decrease your risk for diseases like cancer and diabetes. Cutting back on meat even one day a week can significantly reduce your environmental impact due to the amount of land, fossil fuel, water, and food that is required for raising animals. If those benefits aren’t tempting enough, eating less meat can also boost your mood, improve the your skin and increase your energy levels. Who doesn’t want that?
Fortunately, you don’t have to quit meat cold turkey to reap these benefits! You can test out a meat-free lifestyle by going meatless once a week on Meatless Mondays! If you’re envisioning spending your entire Mondays eating salads, you’re doing it wrong. Meatless meals don’t have to feel like a sacrifice. There are tons of exciting ingredients and recipes out there that will have you looking forward to your meat-free meals.
Our 5-week plan for a month of #MeatlessMondays can help you test out the vegetarian lifestyle one day a week without a huge commitment. Before you know it, you may find yourself craving vegetarian food more often!
Breakfast – Caribbean Kale Smoothie (Calories: 321)
Lunch – Terra Buddha Bowl (Calories: 407)
Dinner – Cauliflower Fried Rice (Calories: 339)
Total calories: 1067
Breakfast – Mango & Blueberries (Calories: 100)
Lunch – Spicy Sofritas Burrito Bowl (Calories: 718)
Dinner – Brussels Sprouts Pasta (Calories: 777)
Total calories: 1595
Breakfast – Spinach and Egg (Calories: 173)
Lunch – Gingered Carrot Soup (Calories: 289)
Dinner – Crispy Sesame Tofu and Bok Choy Stir-Fry (Calories: 608)
Total calories: 1070
Breakfast – Apple a Day Smoothie (Calories: 188)
Lunch – Lean Green Salad (Calories: 466)
Dinner – Grilled Vegetable Bowtie Pasta with Cilantro-Pepita Pasta (Calories: 539)
Total calories: 1193
Breakfast – Fruit Burst (Calories: 50)
Lunch – Spicy Quinoa Salad Bowl (Calories: 283)
Dinner – Vegetable Quesadillas (Calories: 659)
Total calories: 992
Now that you have the plan you need, get ready to start your weeks feeling amazing. By slowly easing into a vegetarian lifestyle and cooking from scratch, it won’t be long before you start building your confidence in the kitchen and noticing the benefits. To make the process easier, you can order our vegetarian meal kits with prepped ingredients, so you can dive right into cooking without the stress of shopping and meal prep.