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Meatless Monday

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Many people may be familiar with the term “Meatless Monday” as an internationally recognized campaign to encourage people have a day of meals without animal meat. Some of the benefits of enjoying a meal without animal meats are as follows.

  • Decreased risk of cancer – Over consumption of red and processed meats are linked to colon cancer.

  • Decreased risk of diabetes – Too much animal protein has been linked to development of type 2 diabetes.

  • Increased variety – Removing meat from diet allows for a focus on high fiber and plant based proteins.

  • Protect the environment – The meat industry contributes large amounts of greenhouse gas to our environment.

  • Longevity – Longer life has been as been associated with plant based eating.

(Source: www.meatlessmonday.com)

 This morning for breakfast my family enjoyed some delicious buckwheat pancakes, with local blueberries, and homemade coconut butter.

Buckwheat is a gluten free grain, and is an excellent source of protein and calcium.

Recipe:

Ingredients
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups “buttermilk” (I made buttermilk, using almond milk with a squeeze of fresh lemon)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut oil for the skillet

Directions 

Make up the buttermilk, and mix in all of the other ingredients.

Pour 1/4 cup of batter to make small round pancakes, flip once, garnish and enjoy.

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