Ways to Reduce Meat

  1. Cut meat into small pieces to give the illusion of having a ton of meat. This works really well for sautés, sandwiches, wraps, and salads.
  2. Before storing food you buy from the store, cut the food into 3 to 4 oz portions, so that you know exactly how much to eat when it is done cooking.
  3. Increase the amount of vegetables you eat to reduce meat.
  4. Eat vegetables before you touch anything else on your plate.
  5. Try creating one day of the week dedicated to vegetables or beans. You can call it Meatless Mondays, for example.
  6. Replace meat with beans once or twice a week. Recipes that combine beans with grains, like rice and beans, are a complete source of proteins.
  7. In addition to beans, mushrooms make a pretty good fake meat. There are tons of things you can do with mushrooms like adding them to salads and sautés.
  8. Have a few go-to vegetable dishes. This will allow you to feel comfortable letting the vegetables headline some of the meals, instead of the meat.
  9. Cut bacon and sausage out of your breakfasts. They are okay to have occasionally, but they should not become a staple. They taste good, but they add a ton of calories to your meals without making you feel any fuller. Replace them with fruit like oranges or apples, instead.
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