Celebrate? On a Monday? What!?
You bet! Come on friends, let’s get ready to celebrate!
And no, we are not celebrating the fact that I am one exam closer to being finished midterms… (even though that’s definitely something to celebrate!)
Instead, we are celebrating Food Day and something new that I will be doing once per week
Since most of us are foodies here, I am sure that the topic of Food Day is familiar to the majority us, but if you haven’t heard of it yet, here’s what it’s all about:
Well first off, Food Day is today! So, Happy Food Day one and all
Food Day is a day of celebration which is rallying towards a more healthy, affordable, and sustainable diet. Today, many organizations are taking part in Food Day through food drives, providing cooking lessons and nutrition classes in order to motivate individuals to make healthier choices!
When I first heard of Food Day, I was absolutely enthused and wanted to take part! I think it’s amazing that Food Day has been created. Promotion of living a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle is what I live for! In one of the foods and nutrition courses that I took last year, we learnt so much about sustainability! Because of this course, I became much more aware of what I put into my body and where it came from.
One of the things I love most about living in London is that there are numerous restaurants that base their menus on foods that are local; therefore, seasonally available! It’s great to see restaurants taking part in the motion of moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle and food system
Anyway, getting back on track…
I have been hearing of Food Day for a while now and began to think how I, little Meg, could take part…
It wasn’t too long before I knew exactly what I would do
For a while now, I have been more and more interested in the vegetarian and vegan diet. I find it fascinating and every type of vegetarian or vegan meal that I have ever tried has tasted fabulous! However; my love for fish, chicken, and many other non-vegetarian and non-vegan items are much more important to me than adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet (sorry if I offended any of my readers, but I respect each of you for whatever diet you may be following!)
So how was I going to further my interest without actually committing to a vegetarian or vegan diet?
Well, I thought Meatless Monday was a pretty fascinating initiative to take part of Meatless Monday is a program that promotes starting your week with “healthy, environmentally friendly meat-free alternatives”.
I loved the idea, focus, and goals of the initiative, so I started to read more about meat-free options…
One of my main concerns was that my meatless meal wouldn’t contain the amount of protein I needed it to (I consume a higher amount of protein since I lift weights and am looking for gains). Due to my concern, I was determined to create a meatless meal that had adequate protein for my needs and was delicious (obviously)
I was successful And am so excited to share my first Meatless Monday meal with all of my bloggy friends
I hope all of you approve (especially my non-meat eater readers!!)
Tofu, Lentils, and Kale with Tahini Dressing
1 cup lentils
2.5 oz. tofu, cubed
handful kale, washed and torn
1 tsp tahini
1 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
Mix first three ingredients together. Combine remaining ingredients and blend together. Toss dressing over lentil mixture.
I was really impressed with this meal I am definitely making it again! I am also looking forward to my next Meatless Monday! It was fun playing around and developing an entire meal containing no meat Very different from what I am used to, but I enjoyed it so much!
For more information on Food Day check it out here
Some school updates for all of my fellow RD’s to be (and for those who are interested of course!):
I wrote my first third year midterm today! Much different than any type of exam I wrote last year. I feel like it went OK. I was really worried about the case study as they can be tricky and we had to know several formula’s, but it was easy peasy! Along with the case study, there was multiple choice and fill in the blank. Some questions were tricky, but I knocked all of the questions involving deficiencies and diagnosis out of the ball park It feels so good when you know you are circling the correct answer
Do you take part in Meatless Monday? I am now
How many of my readers are vegetarian, vegan, etc.?
Favourite meatless source of protein? I am loving that smoked tofu But I also love any type of bean! I could eat black beans or garbanzo beans each and every day!
Did you celebrate Food Day?
Are you more drawn to restaurants if they use local/seasonal produce?
Well that’s all for tonight friends,
I have to study for my next exam which is on Thursday!
Have a good night loves!