We are becoming a nation of informed and more-discriminating shoppers. In the case of our food choices, this can be essential in impacting our long-term health. More and more people are looking for simple but effective ways to improve their diets and also for their families.
I am encouraged to see people of all ages, reading labels in the grocery stores these days and hoorah for the fact that there are now detailed ingredient lists to read. Let’s hope it stays that way. No longer is it enough to turn out a ‘good-tasting’ , nicely packaged product. Consumers are demanding better and every time a chemically-laden ‘food’ product is left on the shelf, the good choices will increase. Witness the decline of the food giant Kraft who recently laid-off 8000 of it’s workers. When I was growing up, Kraft and General Foods were the companies that supplied all the ‘treats’, or at least so we thought then. I shudder to think of how many glasses of Kool-Aid I’ve downed…..and how much Jello I scooped up!!! Remember Velveeta? Scary stuff!!!
But I digress, as I often do….LOL. In keeping with making better food choices, many people are also looking at cutting down on their meat-consumption and for a number of reasons: reducing saturated fats and in turn reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and strokes, being more environmentally responsible, high costs…. the list goes on and on.
Enter Meatless Monday. No it is NOT a vegetarian site, but it is all about making wiser food choices and having fun doing it. This excellent site promotes the challenge to give up meat for one day of the week. Try some new recipes and expand what you think your family will actually enjoy for dinner, you might be pleasantly surprised. It’s all about choices and variety and not just sticking with the old family favorites.
Meal Planning, Contests,Chili Monday, informative newsletters and related health articles, along with oodles of delicious new recipes to try. I was honored to have my cookbook, Not Just for Vegetarians featured for their Meatless Delights promotion in December 2005. I continue to look forward to receiving my newsletters from Meatless Monday, always a fun and informative read. If you are looking for ways to cut down on your meat consumption for one day or every day of the week, this is a site you won’t want to miss.
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