It’s time to free your mind. If you’ve always composed meals around a piece of meat, think veggies instead. Plant-based dishes are an adventure in color, texture, and flavor; they offer a wealth of vitamins and antioxidants — plus a dose of health-promoting phytonutrients you can’t get anywhere else.
Bringing plants to the center of your plate benefits the planet, too. The meat and dairy industries require a lot of resources and contribute significantly to global climate change. You can source meat from small-scale farmers with more sustainable production models (for more on this, read “10 Steps to Climate-Friendly Eating”), but this general rule still holds true: Eating less meat and more plants is a powerful way to reduce the amount of resources required to produce your food.
Far from boring, plant-based cooking can be creative, adaptable, and immensely satisfying. And whether you decide to go plant-based once a week, every day, or whenever the opportunity presents itself, you’ll be doing your body and the planet a favor.
Where’s My Protein?
You can indeed get protein from a meatless meal. Try reaching for some of these plant-based sources.