When you think of Summer, what do you think of? Many correlate Summer with pretty colors and colorful things, so why not make your food colorful, as well!? Making your food more colorful will not only bring more nutrients and vitamins to the table, but making this effort can improve your health overall!
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Orecchiette with Roasted Peppers, Arugula, and Tomatoes
Center of Wellness for Urban Women
Monday, July 18, 2016
Eating vegetarian one day a week can bring health benefits. According to Monique Ryan on eatright.org, "eating no meat one day a week is not only about subtracting from your diet, but adding to it"(Ryan, 2016). What she means by this is that while you are eliminating your meat consumption one day a week, you can substitute that meat by consuming more vegetables, whole grains, beans, and lentils. Whole-wheat bread, whole-grain pasta, brown rice, etc. can help to prevent heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes. Adding lentils or beans can also contribute to your protein intake. Vegetables such as kale, collards, and broccoli can also be good sources of calcium (Ryan, 2016).
Eliminating or even reducing meat consumption can bring many health benefits to one's health. Meat products tend to be high in fat, especially saturated fat and cholesterol, so plant-based foods are a healthier option. In fact, plant-based foods are cholesterol-free, and they help to "reduce risks of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney stones, gallstones and osteoporosis" (Schuna, 2013).
Being vegetarian does not necessarily mean that that person practices healthy eating habits. According to healthiergeneration.org, "we consume a lot of calories at home. Unfortunately, home has become the place for fast food and snack food convenience" (2016). Therefore, we need to start making real food easy. We can do this by avoiding fast food restaurants and stopping by the grocery store instead. If meals are planned for the week, it may be easier to resist consuming fast food, as well as junk food.