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Meatless Challenge Day 1: Set a Goal

By Kerri-Ann Jennings, May 3, 2012 - 11:40am

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Want to cut back on meat and eat more healthy vegetarian foods? Join us for a 7-day meatless challenge. Decide what a reasonable goal is for you—do you want to replace one meat-focused meal with one meatless meal per week? Set aside a whole day to go meatless? Or do you want to try going veggie for the whole week? If you need some inspiration to take the challenge, consider this:

• A vegetarian diet may lower your risk of chronic conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. And—no surprise—people who cut meat from their diet tend to take in less saturated fat and cholesterol and get more fiber, vitamins C and E and heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Getting the recommended 6 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables is a cinch when you take meat out of the equation.

• Vegetarian diets are kinder to the planet. Livestock emissions contribute to global warming. And compared with growing vegetables, livestock require more land and resources including water, fertilizer, pesticides and fossil fuels.

• We know how to make vegetarian eating delicious. We’ve been creating meatless recipes packed with bold, bright flavors for years. And we can’t wait to share them with you. Some of our favorites: sesame-maple tofu with snap peas, no-fuss black bean quesadillas and creamy fettuccine with mushrooms.

Ready to Get Started?

• Check out our Meatless Challenge page, which has everything you’ll need to take the challenge, from links to delicious vegetarian recipes to health information and FAQs, even a 28-day meal plan!

• Order a copy of our book EatingWell Fast & Flavorful Meatless Meals.

*Make sure to visit the Meatless Challenge page to participate in today’s Lundberg giveaway.

How many meatless meals do you cook each week? Tell us what you think below.

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Kerri-Ann Jennings
Kerri-Ann Jennings is a registered dietitian with a master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University.

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