Did you know that by eating vegetarian foods for a year, you could save the same amount of emissions as a family taking a small car off the road for 6 months¹? In fact, eating a veggie diet means 2.5 times less carbon emissions than a meat diet².
That’s berry shocking!
Unfortunately, within the past 50 years, global meat consumption has increased by 5 times, and if humans continue this trajectory, meat consumption will double by 2050³. But don’t lose hope! The simplest and cheapest thing anyone can do to reduce our negative ecological footprint is eat less meat. Eating a vegetarian diet decreases the burden on our precious environment by:
- Decreasing the amount greenhouse gases emitted from the production of our food, especially methane and carbon dioxide
- Saving large amounts of water
- Avoiding further pollution of our streams from animal waste
- Reducing the amount of land and energy used
So, lettuce celebrate this World Vegetarian Day and the positive impact this lifestyle can have on our planet! Here are some activities that you can partake in to celebrate:
- Share the veggie wealth– Share some delicious vegetarian foods or snacks with your office or school mates. Who knows, maybe you’ll inspire a friend to adopt the meatless lifestyle!
- Shop for local vegetables – with fall in the air, you’re sure to find a diverse, delicious and fresh offering of meatless foods at local markets to satisfy even the most avid meat eaters (pumpkin season anyone?)
- Try the meatless option at a restaurant or store– check out our blog below to find 5 meatless food options that will satisfy your taste buds while keeping the planet clean and green!
Here is our list of 5 delicious and unique vegetarian food options:
1. Try a Plant-Based Protein Supplement in your Diet with Niyama Wellness
Niyama is a Sanskrit word coming from Yoga Philosophy, that refers to a set of personal habits that help encourage a healthy life, in both body and mind. In other words: Niyama means good habits.
Niyama Wellness is all about positive habits and self-care, and wants to make them simpler and more enjoyable – If you look forward to something, it’s much easier to make it a habit, right?
Their products are effective, and you can feel them working.
In the case of their products with a flavour experience, they’re made delicious, so that you want to take them and not just because you know you should.
Their organic plant proteins are:
- Zero sugar
- No artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners
- Made with 100% organic pea protein plus vitamins and minerals
Niyama’s plant proteins are smooth, delicious and with no cardboard-y plant protein aftertaste. This product is amazing in smoothies, water or added to baking for extra protein. All of their natural supplements, teas and body care products are made in Canada, and are 100% plant-based.
Niyama’s products are packaged in either PET bottles, or resealable bags, which use up to 80% less plastic.
“We continually look for ways to reduce our impact on the planet, and are a 1% for the Planet member company, which means we donate 1% of our revenue whether we profit or not, to environmental initiatives that benefit climate and the environment.”
Click the button below to learn more about Niyama Wellness and use the code GREEN10 for 10% off Niyama Plant Proteins!
2. Experiment with New Vegetarian Proteins, like Mushroomeat from Untamed Feast
One of the biggest challenges of switching to a vegetarian diet is ensuring you consume enough protein.
Well have we got a solution for you! Did you know that wild mushrooms are full of protein and boost your immune system?
Let us introduce you to Untamed Feast, a Canadian company that forages wild foods, particularly mushrooms, to create delicious, vegetarian food options.
At Untamed Feast, they believe that nature effortlessly provides the best tasting and most nutritious foods. They built this business to have a life full of adventure, to keep us connected to nature, and to elevate mushrooms and the role they play in a secure & sustainable food system.
Wild food is the pinnacle of healthy eating. It is the most nutrient dense and the least processed food that you can put into your body. Wild food also punches way more flavour per bite than mass produced anything. It tastes better because it comes from rich un-depleted habitats, as nature intended.
As a wild harvest company, Untamed Feast uses low impact or no impact harvesting methods. No manipulation of the soil or the water is required, they use natural drying techniques, and but a fraction of the abundance of these edible resources is collected. They harvest in untamed and remote areas that are free of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers.
Check out their delicious vegetarian options with the button below!
3. Ditch the Bacon and Try a Plant-Based Smoothie for Breakfast from Evive:
Did you know that since 1974, in North America alone, food waste has increased by 50%?
Food has become more than just something that fuels our bodies; it is a topic of conversation, a subject to dissect. Yet, we hardly think twice before throwing away an odd-looking carrot or a bruised apple, which eventually leads to imperfect fruit making up a whopping 40% of food waste.
That’s why at Evive, they aim to reduce their carbon footprint by using these imperfect products as much as possible.
Evive has created a 3-step, blender-free smoothie that uses primarily organic ingredients for their delicious plant-based breakfast solution.
Picking organic produce for their smoothies instead of conventionally grown fruits and vegetables means Evive chooses produce that was ethically grown, without dangerous pesticides or chemicals, thus promoting a healthier environment for animals and people, and ensuring a greener ecosystem.
Not only this, but Evive is certified non-GMO as well!
It’s no secret that organic food tends to be more expensive, so it’s less accessible for many families. Evive believes that by making innovative frozen products that generate minimal food waste, they are able to offer organic products for the same, if not cheaper, price tag.
Check out Evive’s Plant A Tree initiative too! Evive is planning to become a carbon-neutral company by 2023. Through their Plant A Tree initiative, for every first-time purchase of our box of 24 smoothies, Evive Smoothie is committed to planting a tree!
Check out Evive’s plant-based smoothie cubes with the button below!
Pssssst … Evive are offering the Random Acts of Green community 20% OFF their first order – 20%!!
Head on over to the Evive site at the button above and use the promo code raog20 to receive your 20% discount.
What a fantastic opportunity to try out new vegetarian foods!
4. The most indulgent in our vegetarian foods rundown: Satisfy your Sweet-Tooth with a Plant-Based Cheesecake from Nabati.
Nabati means plant-based in Arabic, and it absolutely reflects who they are and what they do.
Who says that plant-based foods can’t be sustainable AND delicious? Nabati challenges this idea by creating real, clean, plant-based foods that will surely make your mouth water.
Plant-based cheesecake anyone?
All their products are:
- Certified Gluten-free
- Refined Sugar free
- All natural (non-GMO).
- Certified Kosher
- Certified Vegan
The team at Nabati Foods use whole, unrefined fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Dates are used as their main sweetener, as well as for their nutritional value. From dates, they produce their in-house caramel, date paste, and syrup. Without artificial colouring, the naturally bright colours of their products are made with vegetables, increasing the nutritional value without compromising on taste.
“We are dedicated to ensuring everyone can enjoy our products, regardless of their dietary preferences or food allergies. Every day, we are motivated by our passion for celebrating health and our commitment to helping you live well.”
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5. Celebrate World Vegetarian Day With One of The World’s Original Vegetarian Foods: Dried Fruits From Mariani
Out for a fall hike? You may wonder what snacks to bring. What’s easy to pack, doesn’t require cooling with a heavy ice pack, and doesn’t get mushed or cracked at the bottom of your sack?
But not just any dried fruit – dried fruit from Mariani. For 115 years, the family-run Mariani Premium Dried fruits have grown and produced real, whole, plant foods that makes it easy for families to eat in the car, keep in their pantry, or take on a hike.
Mariani uses solar power to produce nature’s tastiest snacks. They’ve installed a 1.1 megawatt solar array which provides for 25% of the facilities’ electrical needs. Over 20 years, their zero-emission system will reduce 40 million pounds of CO2e – which is equivalent to taking 4,000 cars off the road in a year!
Mariani is also conscious of their growing techniques that save water and feed the soil. Mariani has always been conscious of “reporting to Mother Nature” and keeping sustainability as a top priority.
So next time you’re looking for a delicious snack for your fall hike, try their Simply Dried Mango. It’s a favourite – and you’ll know you purchased a snack that was made with the environment in mind. Fresh, chewy, with no sugar added, providing a healthy snack in a convenient resealable tub. It’s good for all -on-the-go snacks – or even for your afternoon sweet tooth.
Want to give Mariani’s Simply Dried Mango a taste?
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The list doesn’t end here! There are lots of innovative businesses that want to help people transition and succeed when trying to eat more vegetarian foods. Our cherished business member, Lucky Iron Fish, aims to ensure that people who are reducing or ceasing their meat-intake are consuming enough iron by providing a vegan, reusable, all natural solution to iron deficiency.
You could also try growing your own veggies to add quality, fresh produce to your vegetarian diet. Just Vertical, one of our wonderful business members, provides a modern indoor hydroponic garden system that’s sleek, sustainable and gives the gift of fresh food all year round — dazzle your friends and family with homegrown veggies and make the best vegetarian foods year-round!
Have any tips and tricks for vegetarian newbies? Maybe you’d like to share your favourite vegetarian foods with our community?
Let us know in the comments below!
1. Scarborough, P., Appleby, P.N., Mizdrak, A. et al. Climatic Change (2014) 125: 179. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-014-1169-1
2. A family running a 10-year-old small family car for 6,000 miles has a carbon footprint of 2,440kgCO2e (Carbon Footprint. Carbon footprint calculator. www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx Accessed 2021), roughly equivalent to the annual carbon saving of two high meat-eating adults moving to a vegetarian diet.”
3. Food and Agricultural Society [FAO]. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.fao.org/3/ap106e/ap106e.pdf.