Monday, January 26, 2015

The Big Apple

There is a new meaning to 'The Big Apple.' You may have noticed Meatless Mondays in IC's dining halls, and now it has been introduced in New York City! This new plan will encourage New Yorkers to eat vegetarian or vegan for one day of the week. About 40 public schools are already on board with Meatless Mondays, but this program will bring it to all of them. Even restaurants and cafeterias in the city will be included. There are numerous health, environmental, and sustainability benefits motivating this push for a change. By participating, we are not only helping the planet, but ourselves. Let's go meatless on Mondays!

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- Erin Batty

Monday, December 8, 2014

Protein and Cage Free Eggs

One of the most common questions a vegetarian hears is: how do you get enough protein?
And a true vegetarian finds that question quite funny, and then annoying after hearing it so often. 

Protein is not only abundant in many more foods than we realize, but it is also over consumed and overemphasized. In the United States, we are encouraged to get 10-35% of our calories from protein. That means adult women should be consuming around 46 grams of protein, and men around 56 grams. These grams can actually add up quite quickly! Here is a sample meal to give you an idea of how easy it is to consume enough calories while eating meatless:

Day 1:

  • Greek yogurt (1 cup): 17 grams
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas in a salad: 19 grams 
  • 1/3 cup quinoa: 7 grams
  • 1/2 cup tofu in rice stir fry: 10 grams
  • Nuts snack: 6 grams of protein

Total: 59 grams of protein


Day 2:

  • 2 eggs (any style): 12 grams
    •   With cheese: 5 grams 
  • PB&J: Peanut butter (2 tbsp): 8 grams
    •   2 slice of wheat bread: 6 grams
  • Glass of milk: 8 grams 

  • Lentils in soup (1/2 cup): 9 grams

Total: 48 grams of protein 

It's actually quite shocking when you look at these numbers. Personally, it makes me wonder how much protein I am consuming on a meat-eating day! After doing some research, I found that average Americans eat around 50% more than the daily amount of meat per day!

Participating in Meatless Monday is an easy, affordable, and healthy way to get your meat and protein consumption in check.

Looking for meatless on campus? You may reach for a hard boiled egg, and Sodexo is now proud to announce that all of our shelled eggs are cage free! That equates to over 39 million eggs each year that Sodexo is humanely buying and supporting the farms that do so. So make sure to grab some cage free, protein packed eggs today at lunch and dinner!

Happy Meatless Monday,
- Jackie
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Meatless Monday Thanksgiving Leftovers!

We are back into the swing of things after a full week off for Thanksgiving break! As most of us probably indulged quite heavily over the holiday... what better day than today to start your week off meatless?

Because you may have quite a bit of Thanksgiving goodies leftover, here are some awesome meatless ways you can use them up:

1. Cranberry Sauce Grilled Cheese

An awesome college classic, but with a delicious Thanksgiving twist!

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2. Fried Stuffing Bites

What doesn't taste better fried? Nothing.

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3. Day After Dip

A four ingredient dip in less than 10 minutes. We students can handle that.

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3. Mashed Potato Pancakes


Fry those mashed potatoes or potato filling leftovers 'till they're crispy! Yum!

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4. Veggie Frittata

Extra veggies? Make a frittata that will supply your breakfasts for the whole week!

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There you have it fellow students! Some of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes, made into mouth-water meatless medleys! I hope that these ideas will spark your Meatless Monday creativity.

- Jackie 
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