Healthy Lifestyle Change for MARCH – Not eating Animal products once a week

10 Mar

I know that it’s sometimes difficult to shed a habit so much ingrained in us such as eating animal products.  Especially when we were raised with the belief and within a society that promotes healthy eating with eating meat and other animal products. 

 If you were to tell me 12 years ago that I was going to be a vegetarian and that I would be writing a blog sharing my recipes and experiences with the world, I would have laughed in the face of whoever told me that then.  But destiny has proven to be different and being vegetarian I have found a whole world filled with happiness and health.  And that’s what I want for you all…

But I do not pretend that a decision that big should be taken lightly… the decision to become vegetarian needs to come truly from within.  That’s why I would like for you to try consciously to think about eating 3 meals in a day without any animal products… no red meat, no chicken, no pork, no bacon, no fish, no seafood, no eggs  – nothing of that nature just one day a week.

It’s not that difficult… this blog is filled with recipes that do not include any of those.  And in line with my previous post on MeatFree Mondays, it’s not also a great way to see that you can indeed feed and nourish yourself but here are some other benefits of not eating meat products once a week:

  • Animal products/meats are much harder to digest than vegetable-based foods
  • Animal products are many times associated with constipation
  • It’s a way to contribute in the reduction of green house gases, and contribute to the helath of our planet.
  • And we should create a new habit of thinking that RICE or even a SALAD is the focal point of our dinner plate, not a piece of meat.

Here are a few of our most popular recipes to help you kick-start your menu imagination…

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Comme Ci Comme Ca Salade Niçoise

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Veggie Cuban Sandwich

Sweet Plantain and Spinach Pastelón

 

Soy Picadillo

Veggie Sancocho

camarones-enchilados

“Shrimp” Creole

Yuca con Cuban Mojo

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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

tembleque-mami

Mami’s Tembleque

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