Meatless Mondays: Why It's a Trend Worth Trying

October 23, 2020

Meatless Mondays: Why It's a Trend Worth Trying

We’ve all heard of Meatless Mondays. Plant-based has become an ever-popular term, seen in restaurants and used by Instagram influencers alike. But why has vegetarian (and vegan) eating become so popular? What has increased the demand for vegetarian meal delivery and vegetarian meals in general? What’s behind the trend - and should you try to incorporate more plant-based meals and vegetarian meal delivery into your lifestyle?

The answer, to put it simply, is yes. There are many reasons to eat plant-based meals (or even just vegetarian meals) and order from a vegetarian meal delivery service, even if you only do it once (or a few times) a week.

It's better for the planet

Taking care of our environment is something we should all be striving to do. It can seem like a huge task but even small changes in your life matter and can make a real difference. Cutting back on your meat consumption is one of these things - even if you don’t cut out meat and all animal products entirely and only eat vegetarian meals or plant-based meals a few times throughout a week.

According to Greenpeace, eating too much meat is directly linked to the rise in greenhouse gases, especially in countries like the United States. Becoming more “meat conscious” can help to bring those dangerous levels back down again. And you don’t even have to cut out meat entirely to do so. Just ordering vegetarian meals from a meal delivery service and making small swaps can do a lot of good.

It's better for your health

Eating less meat reduces your risk for a number of different diseases and health concerns. Heart disease and stroke risk are both lowered, as is the risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. Your risk for many types of cancer even drops considerably as well. 

But why is this the case? Simply put, eating meat is not bad for you but too much meat is not a good thing either. While meat is healthy in moderation, many kinds of meat are high in both saturated fat and cholesterol. Sodium is a real issue for many people and meat doesn’t help. Processed meats also have high sodium levels. Balancing out your meat consumption with vegetarian meals, plant-based meals, and vegetarian meal delivery is a great way to make sure that you’re eating a healthy diet. And many vegetarian meals and plant-based meals are now incorporating more high-quality and realistic meat substitutes than ever before. Even meal delivery services are offering options that make it easy to make Meatless Monday meals delicious and simple.

It's cost-effective

Many people think that going vegetarian or even vegan is going to cost them a lot of money and that vegetarian meal delivery and even homemade Meatless Monday meals are out of reach. After all, meat and dairy substitutes can certainly be pricey. Fortunately, many people who make the switch to eating more plant-based meals find that they actually save money, often simply by avoiding costly meat alternatives - though it must be said that meat substitutes are becoming more widespread and more affordable than ever, making vegetarian meals and plant-based meals accessible and appealing to those who are used to having meat with every meal. 

Instead of choosing a meat substitute, for instance, you might instead find your protein in beans and legumes. Beans are cost-effective and versatile, and there are many types of them out there. Add them to everything from tacos to soup for a hearty boost to your diet.

Many plant-based eaters also learn budgeting tricks, like meal-planning for the week ahead. When you meal plan and order from a meal delivery service, such as with Eat Purely’s vegetarian variety pack, you’ll find that you reduce your total food waste. Not only does this benefit your wallet, but the planet as well.

It’s tasty

Nowadays, there are great vegetarian options available all over the place. Where once vegetarians and vegans found it difficult to find options, now all one has to do is walk down a few aisles at the grocery store. Vegetarian meals and plant-based meals can be found in all forms, making Meatless Monday meals easier than ever to plan. From restaurant choices to frozen food and boxed meals to vegetarian meal delivery, plant-based eaters have a world of choices.

Eat Purely’s new vegetarian variety pack only adds to those choices. From hearty lentils to soba noodles to spicy broccoli, four delicious entrees make it easy to plan for the week - in a conscious, delicious way.