Four Simple Strategies To Eat Less Meat & More Plants
Cutting back on meat consumption can be a great way to help the environment. According to our Veggie Effect Calculator, a family of five could save up to 18,000 gallons of water, 922 car miles of greenhouse gases, and 5,000 square feet of land just by going meatless once per week.
As rewarding as cutting back on meat can be, getting started can be a challenge. It’s not easy to change long-standing eating habits and the number of options can be intimidating. Not to mention the challenges of getting your family on board.
The good news is MorningStar Farms® is here to help! We’ve assembled this list of four ways to eat less meat and get on the road to plant-based deliciousness.
Start with Breakfast
For many people, the first meal of the day is the best place to start eating less meat. Meat isn’t as much of a staple in the morning compared to lunch and dinner, making it a low-stress first step to plant-based eating. Plus, you get the added benefit that, once you get a little meatless momentum under your belt, it’s easier to go meat-free the rest of the day.
Try High Protein Grains
Eating less meat does not mean passing up on protein. Grains like quinoa, millet, wild rice, and cornmeal are excellent protein sources and are great in specialty pasta dishes and grain bowls. Grain bowls are a great meat alternative because they offer unlimited variety and can be packed full of protein and other nutrients.
Re-Think Your Sandwiches and Wraps
One of the best places to look when eating less meat is between your bread or inside your wraps. Veggie alternatives to chicken and beef can be an easy and delicious strategy for a more plant-based lifestyle. You might not even notice the meat is missing like in our Thai Chik’n Wraps, Veggie-Bacon Avocado Sandwich, Mediterranean Pita Sandwich.
Try Plant-Based Versions Of Your Favorite Meals
Some people can be intimidated by eating less meat because they worry they won’t be able to enjoy their favorite foods. If that’s your concern then good news! MorningStar Farms® can help you enjoy delicious, plant-based versions of your favorite foods, including burgers, meatloaf, tacos, corn dogs, and more.