Meatless Monday - Great for your Pocketbook!

Can substituting the meat you eat just one day a week really have a significant impact on your monthly budgets?   You bet your pork chops it can!

A one-time World War I effort used to ration the production and consumption of meat, “Meatless Monday” households of today started a resurge of popularity as the realization came to more people of the financial, health and environmental benefits of having one day a week completely meat free.

According to Meatless going meat-free just one day a week can save the average household 10-20% or more off of their weekly grocery bill.  Do the math for your household and you will see what a monthly savings this can be for you.  For our family this is an average savings of approximately $30-$40 a week!  Looking online for meatless Monday recipes will provide you with tons of inspirational, easy and delicious meals and I will also be spotlighting family tested meatless Monday recipes on this blog.

Environmentally also the impact is massive. The water needs of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Soy tofu produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound.

The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health also promotes the health benefits of a meat free day. Just one day a week without meat can reduce your saturated fat consumption by 15% and in turn can lower reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

So the benefits are clear – the change is easy….so why don’t you go meatless this coming Monday – save your pocketbook, your health and the environment!
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