A green veggie bowl recipe with more protein than a steak!
Earth Day Recipe
Earth Day is April 22nd, a day to celebrate the fact that our individual choices have an impact when it comes to protecting the environment.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m always talking about how your food choices affect everything in your body, from your skin, to your migraines, to your heart disease and cancer risk, and everything in between.
It turns out, what you eat also affects the environment.
The Meat & Climate Change Connection
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “greenhouse gases from human activities are the most significant driver of observed climate change since the mid-20th century.”
The livestock industry contributes 18% of all green house emissions to our environment, according to a report by the Food & Livestock Organization of the United Nations. The livestock industry is comprised of any animal farms, such as those used to raise meat or dairy animals.
Choosing to eat less meat not only supports your own health (as high meat consumption is linked to a number of chronic disease, from heart disease to certain cancers..I’ll be sharing tons of studies and research on this topic in my forthcoming, Real Food Guide, to be published April 2017!), it also contributes to less meat production, and therefore less greenhouse gas emissions.
(If you find yourself craving a movie night this weekend, watch the eye-opening Leo DiCaprio produced documentary Cowspiracy, for a closer look at how the livestock industry is linked to climate change.)
More Protein than a Steak!
The suggested serving size for steak is 3-4 oz, which would be either 22 or 30 grams of protein, respectively.
This green veggie bowl recipe contains 32g of protein!
1 cup chickpeas = 15 g protein
1 cup peas = 8 g protein
1 cup broccoli = 3 g protein
1 cup kale = 3 g protein
1 Tbsp. tahini= 3 g protein
Add that all up and BOOM, you’ve got yourself 32 grams of plant based protein. Side of heart disease not included 🙂
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a 28-day healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. Her most popular program is EatSLIM, a 10-week online group glass that guides participants to develop healthy eating habits that stick – and lose weight, boost their metabolism, improve their digestion, and quit sugar.
She writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.