Oct 1st, 2010
When you were growing up, mom always told you to eat your vegetables. Brightly colored, sometimes funny-shaped, but chock full of vitamins and minerals, veggies give you great energy and fuel your body. (Although they may never taste as good as a milkshake.)
Today is World Vegetarian Day, October is Vegetarian Awareness month, and chefs, celebrities, moms and families are bringing this healthy option back into restaurants and homes across the globe.
Paul McCartney, along with daughters Stella and Mary, run the non-profit Meat-Free Mondays campaign, which focuses on raising awareness of the affects meat production has on the environment, and asks supporters to eat a vegetarian meal once a week to keep greenhouse gas emissions down and heart healthy habits up.
Mom bloggers post about this weekly event, including photos and easy recipes to make an entire family happy. In 2009, the City Public Schools in Baltimore, Maryland have taken meat off their Monday menus supporting the cause system-wide. Even celebrity-chef Mario Batali has joined the movement, offering meatless options on the Monday menus of all of his 14 restaurants.
So whether you’re getting ready to go to the grocery store with your reusable canvas bag to stock up in the produce section, or going out for a meal this weekend, honor thy peas and carrots and veg out on some veggies.