Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and we’ve got going green on the brain. Since meat and dairy products require more resources and generate more greenhouse gasses than plant-based foods, cutting back on your consumption these products – even just adopting Meatless Mondays – helps in the effort to show Mother Nature a little love.
This Earth Day, explore delicious new ways to go meatless by cooking up one of these creative vegan recipes. They’re good for your body and the planet!
1. Peanut Butter Smoothie
This smoothie is rich, creamy and filling – great for a protein-packed breakfast or a sweet after-dinner treat. Blend ice cubes, almond milk, organic peanut butter, vanilla extract and agave nectar and enjoy.
2. Spirulina Guacamole
Homemade guacamole is already full of omega-3 fatty acids, but adding spirulina to your favorite recipe gives it an extra nutritional punch. Spirulina is a kind of blue-green algae found in lakes and ponds; it is rich in iron and amino acids and may have antiviral and anticancer effects. Blend fresh avocados, onions, garlic, tomatoes, salt, lime juice, cumin and spirulina, and serve with tortilla chips.
3. Four-Grain Salad With Garlic, Lemon & Herbs
Chef Jamie Oliver is an expert at combining fresh and wholesome ingredients in new and inventive ways, and his four-grain salad is a treat for the taste buds. Mix four types of cooked grains – wild rice, red rice, oats and farro or barley – and season with fennel seeds, cumin seeds, sea salt, pepper, mint and parsley.
What are your favorite vegan recipes?