Cougar Café launches new Meatless Monday menu

by Laura Pichler 0

Fans of foliage rejoice! You can eat meals without meat every Monday now at College of the Canyons.
The Cougar Café launched Meatless Monday on March 2015 to promote a healthier lifestyle.

Meatless Monday was originally invented during World War I as a food saving initiative and was recently relaunched because of the many benefits on both, people’s health and the world.

While going meatless reduces the risk of cancer, heart-disease and obesity, replacing just one meat meal with a plant meal was proven to have a significant impact on the environment.

In fact, producing one pound of red meat has a cost of 280 gallons of water, 3.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and up to 50 square feet of land from pollution and deforestation.

COC Professor and dietitian Sheri Barke clarifies that “Meatless Monday is not trying to make you go vegan” but is rather an occasional, plant based alternative to raise awareness and promote healthier eating habits. She also emphasized the importance of eating lean protein whether it comes from a plant or an animal, and balance each plate by always including all main food groups. She explained that ideally each meal consists to a quarter of preferably whole grains, a quarter of protein and the remaining half should be vegetables and fruit.

You can try a different meatless meal at the COC cafeteria every Monday from 10:30 am to 2 pm.

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