Happy Meatless Monday! :D

So this is a quick post – more of a ‘Did ya know?’ sort of post. ūüėČ Recently I discovered that many dairy-free milks (soy, almond, etc…) contain something called Carrageenan. It’s a Vegetarian alternative to gelatin. I’ve never¬†heard of¬†it being bad for you before, but it ‘could’ be.¬†There’s been¬†some chatter online about the “possible human carcinogen”¬†being in almond milks…and since this is what I used for cooking and cereal for not only myself but my¬†children,¬†I went straight to the fridge to see if my Target-bought, Silk brand Almond Milk contained it. And no…it did not. Phew. Check out Health Concerns of Wikipedia’s definition page for more detailed info about what the International Agency for Research on Cancer is concerned about. I don’t want you to panic and throw out everything in your fridge…this is simply a way to spread awareness. And I may add, the concern seems to be in ‘degraded carrageenan’. What that means exactly, I don’t know. Which is why to be safe, I’ll be checking labels to make sure we don’t buy Almond Milk or any other item with carrageenan in it until more research with people (and not ANIMALS)¬†is done.

This is just a reminder to pay attention to what we consume. Just because it says ‘All Natural’ or ‘Organic’ doesn’t mean we should skip our responsible duties by checking out our foods before buying them. A good rule of thumb…if you read something on a label and you can’t pronounce it, or have no idea what it is – ask someone in your grocery store. And most of us have smart-phones now, so it would only take a minute to check it out…all while you’re standing there in the store.

So…here’s to healthier and happy eating (and drinking) on this Meatless Monday, everyone!

Vegan French Toast for Meatless Monday!

No, this post has nothing to do with writing…not directly anyway. BUT after reading about yet another ground-beef recall after having breakfast, I remembered today is Meatless Monday! For those of you that are not Vegan or Vegetarian, like myself…do relax, this post is not meant to force-feed fruits and vegetables down your throat, it’s simply a reminder that we don’t need to eat meat every day of the week, at every meal. There are yummy and healthy substitutions for almost everything¬†out there.¬†ūüėČ

I don’t drink milk or eat eggs, but I still like French Toast. And if you do too, you know that most if not all traditional recipes call for milk or heavy cream, eggs and lots of butter. Is this the only way to make French Toast? Nope! I have easy and healthy substitutes for your favorite French Toast recipe – substitute the milk and eggs with Almond Milk…add cinnamon or vanilla if desired and cook till the bread is browned on both sides. It’s really that easy. And it’s delicious. My kids – and the kiddo¬†that slept-over last night didn’t know the difference.

Meatless Monday is not about punishing your taste buds by removing all your favorite foods from your meals…it’s about experiencing new things – giving your taste-buds something new to crave – while giving your body, the environment and factory animals a break for a day. It’s four days a month – try it, you might like it! ūüôā

Happy Meatless Monday Everyone!