You don't need to be a vegan or vegetarian to save the planet. Start with one plant-based meal a day ($50 off Splendid Spoon)

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/eat-less-meat-environmental-effect_l_5d39d84fe4b020cd99501f2d

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/eat-less-meat-environmental-effect_l_5d39d84fe4b020cd99501f2d

Hi friends! Did you know you can immediately lighten your global footprint and help stall climate change by simply replacing one meal a day with a plant-based meal? Friends, you don’t need to become full-fledged vegans or vegetarians to make a difference. We’re born to be omnivores after all (just look at all the sharp teeth we have!), so it’s understandable if you can’t commit to eating only veggies, legumes, plants and fruits. But if you can commit to eating only plant-based foods for one meal a day, everyday, you’re off on a good start to help saving our planet, and stalling climate change and global warming!

“A planetary diet can save lives and the planet.” (1) Just by cutting back on red meat, we can reduce global warming and climate change, as the meat industry is one of the “leading polluters of the food industry. (2, 3)

Additionally, eating less red meat is actually better for your health and can help you live longer! (4)

You may ask, how can I start? Well you’re in luck. It’s easier and easier to access plant-based options and alternatives. Impossible Meats and Beyond Meat make great-tasting plant-based “burgers” and “meats.” Just try an Impossible Whopper and you’ll be a fan, like me! In our house, we only drink soy or oat milk. Oat milk tastes amazing with coffee, and soy milk makes our smoothies, well smooth!

Additionally, I commit to eating only vegetables and plant-based meals for lunch. (I rarely eat breakfast as I’ve been intermittently fasting for years now. But if I do eat breakfast, I’ll have a smoothie.) I’ve been a fan of Splendid Spoon’s ready-to-eat vegan smoothies and soups for years now. Splendid Spoon has recently introduced delicious grain and veggie bowls as well.

Just pop a bowl into the microwave. the containers are BPA-free. Recycle or re-use afterward.

Just pop a bowl into the microwave. the containers are BPA-free. Recycle or re-use afterward.

Back to busy

WHAT IS SPLENDID SPOON

Splendid Spoon is a company based in Brooklyn, New York. Nicole Centeno founded Splendid Spoon, and she once struggled with an eating disorder. Now her company’s mission is to help people feel good about food again, and nourish our bodies with at least one plant-based meal a day. Splendid Spoon’s meals are not part of a fad diet. It’s a habit and life changer.

Splendid Spoon meals are convenient, plant-based, vegan, and delicious. As a busy mom who manages the household and works (full-time now), I’ve often relied on Splendid Spoon’s nutrient dense plant-based, ready-to-eat meal service to eat well. Busy doesn’t mean I, or you, have to be unhealthy.

Busy can be healthy too!

In the mornings, I have to get Phil ready for school, walk Panda (our dog), and answer work emails. Before I drive off, I grab a Splendid Spoon soup, smoothie, and/or bowl, and I'm ready for a hectic work day. Splendid Spoon makes my life easier because at work, I don’t have to think about what I’m going to have for lunch or worry about going hungry. Additionally, I’m fully-committed to my delicious plant-based vegan meal. I know I’m making a difference by choosing to replace one meal, every day, with a plant-based meal.

At a work conference with my delicious Splendid Spoon Chocolate Cherry Smoothie.

At a work conference with my delicious Splendid Spoon Chocolate Cherry Smoothie.

It’s not easy to cut meat, dairy, poultry from your diet. I know. I love sushi. I used to love steaks. But my taste buds are slowly changing. I crave veggies, legumes, fruits, and plants! I salivate at the thought of a freshly-blended smoothie. I’m not a vegetarian or a vegan, but I too am slowly making changes, and hoping to make a difference in this world.

Strawberry, banana, raspberry, and soy milk smoothie with hemp seeds.

Strawberry, banana, raspberry, and soy milk smoothie with hemp seeds.

Phil and Panda love it when I get my Splendid Spoon delivery. They’ll play hide and seek or use the box as a “car.” Re-use, recycle!

Phil and Panda love it when I get my Splendid Spoon delivery. They’ll play hide and seek or use the box as a “car.” Re-use, recycle!

I find myself experimenting with salad recipes. My favorite salads include rainbow carrots, kale, crushed garlic, olive oil, a drizzle of honey, and freshly squeezed mandarin oranges. Don’t forget salt and pepper!

What You Can Do Today

Check out my in-depth Splendid Spoon review:

http://www.philandmama.com/adventures/2019/6/21/why-you-need-to-try-splendid-spoons-plant-based-meal-service-this-summer-50-off-your-first-order-splendid-spoon-updated-review

Read about how we’re reducing our carbon footprint as a family

http://www.philandmama.com/adventures/2018/8/13/how-were-reducing-our-carbon-footprint-as-a-family

Olive Oil and garlic baby broccoli and blackened shishito peppers

Olive Oil and garlic baby broccoli and blackened shishito peppers

References

1.  https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/16/health/new-diet-to-save-lives-and-planet-health-study-intl/index.html

2. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ilija_Djekic/publication/282325498_Environmental_Impact_of_Meat_Industry_-_Current_Status_and_Future_Perspectives/links/560be7e008ae6c9b0c424140/Environmental-Impact-of-Meat-Industry-Current-Status-and-Future-Perspectives.pdf

3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666315300623

4. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/well/eat/eat-less-meat-live-longer.html

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