Meatless Monday in the News

“Embracing Meatless Monday is an excellent way to connect as a family, couple, or group of friends. Carry on the “team” feelings from the weekend and get creative in the kitchen. Take this opportunity to educate your family about healthy meals and being environmentally conscious.”

- Abby McMillin for Yahoo! Voices

“Adopting the Meatless Monday routine is a relaxed and fun way to introduce vegetarian meals to your family… An easy start is a simple meal of beans and rice. Set the table with toppings and watch your kids create their own meals.”

- Casey Seidenberg for The Washington Post

“Thoughtful, or ‘mindful’ eating is a good way to make a small change in our health and our lives… Just that tiny step of going meat-free one day a week can make an impact on your own health, and the health of the global community!”

- Sharon Penny for Style Magazine

“Why not reduce the amount of saturated fats in your family’s diet honestly and with the expectation that it’s only one day of the week? Eliminating the fats in meat just that one day can result in a reduced risk for cancers, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, researchers and advocates say. And who knows – maybe you’ll all learn to like the change.”

- Mary Shedden for the Tampa Tribune

“The [Meatless Monday] idea is really simple: cut out meat once a week. That in itself can huge benefits for your health. Excess meat consumption is linked to a host of chronic conditions… the main thing though is that it’s really fun, easy and delicious! Make it a ritual with your family and create those healthy habits that last a lifetime.”

- Monday Campaigns President Peggy Neu on NBC 11's Atlanta & Company

“Social movements such as Meatless Mondays, motivated to improve the health of the planet and the nation, have raised awareness about the personal and widespread impacts that can result from more moderate meat consumption.”

- Michelle Maisto, Contributor,

“More consumers in 2012 will become ‘Flexitarians,’ those that consciously reduce their meat intake for health reasons but still occasionally enjoy animal protein. One of the best evidences of this trend is the growing popularity and social media following of the nonprofit Meatless Monday initiative, developed in association with John Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.”

- The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch

“Most of us see Monday as the day for a fresh start. It’s the day that we’re most likely to quit smoking, start a diet or begin an exercise regimen. Researchers have also noticed increases in calls to tobacco quit lines and Internet searches for health-related information on Mondays.”

- Abigail Cuffey, Associate Health Editor, Woman’s Day

“So many New Year’s resolution diets fall by the wayside come February. Lots of people eat healthy for a few weeks following the holiday overload, but then quickly resume their normal eating habits. Because eating meatless one day a week is such an easy thing to do, it’s one New Year’s diet that you can continue all year long.”

- Opposing Views

“'[Locando del Lago’s] Meatless Monday menu was inspired by (film director) James Cameron, a long-time customer who talks so passionately about how much it would help our environment if everyone avoided eating meat just one day per week,’ said General Manager Megan Sheehy.”

- Anne Nagamoto for the Santa Monica Mirror

“One trend (seen in many big-city restaurants) that families can follow is ‘Meatless Mondays’… Make Meatless Monday an adventure for the family by choosing unusual ingredients and cooking techniques … For example, hearty meatless chili, home-made vegetarian pizza, a Thai noodle bowl, or mattar panner make unusual and delicious meatless entrees.”

- Gina Noe for The Richmond Register

“Test-drive the health benefits of a meat-free lifestyle by adopting Meatless Monday… ‘Any time you substitute plants for meat, you decrease the saturated fats and increase the fiber and phytonutrients in your meal,’ says Ruth Frechman, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. ‘If you’re eating plants, it’s going to be beneficial to your health.”

- Amanda Holpuch for Fitbie