Fresh from the Forge
Allison Carmody '17, Sustainability Intern, Food & Dining
Navigating the grocery aisles without buying delicious fresh pastries is hard enough, but walk past the butcher counter and it’s plain ‘ole exhausting. The market has become bombarded with claims of sustainability, healthful alternatives and the “perfect diet.” Take a breath; there is no such thing.
Finding proper proteins depends on the individual. Some people can not live without meat, while others prefer vegetarian options. Both options can be done with sustainability in mind. Here are some guidelines to ensure these choices not only keep a healthful mind & body, but a healthy planet.
Going the vegetarian route:
- Plants have protein! Veggies are not just a thirst-quenching snack, but a hunger quelling one, too! Look for peas, broccoli, and kale for a tasty & nutritious energy boost.
- Don’t get too caught up in the concept of complete proteins. Beans and rice do not have to be eaten together, but do try and consume complementary proteins within a day of each other to maximize benefits.
- There are hundreds of different types of grains and legumes. Don’t just stick to rice and beans! Quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, and barley are grains high in protein. Legumes include everything from lentils to peanuts to garbanzo and Lima beans. Grains and legumes are a delicious and very affordable way to add protein into any meal. Find basic cooking instructions here.
- Check out this helpful article when it comes to buying a great vegetarian alternative: eggs.
- For a variety of recipes to get your protein fix, take a peek at this list!
For the carnivorous omnivore:
- Read the labels. “Free Range” merely indicates that chicken had access to the outdoors. “Natural” indicates there are no artificial ingredients or colors. USDA Organically raised livestock must have year-round access to the outdoors, direct sunlight, clean bedding & shelter, be fed 100% organic feed, and be raised without the use of antibiotics, hormones or mammalian byproducts. “Humanely raised” has no government regulatory standard.
- Paying a bit extra for grass-fed beef can be worth it. Grass-fed beef is higher in CLA, a nutrient that helps maintain lean muscle, along with a variety of other nutrients, that promote a healthier, happier body.
- Try taking on Meatless Mondays!
- Talk to the butcher; they’re a wealth of information on the meat industry--from unusual, delicious cuts to knowledge on the farmers they purchase from.
- Check out your local ranchers & farmers...buying directly from the source will offer the most accurate information.
- Use the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch site to guide your sustainable fish purchases and find some delicious recipes.
- Trying to cook for one & eat healthy? These recipes are here to help.
- See more at: http://scu.edu/sustainability/sustainabilityupdate.cfm?c=23706#sthash.dcm7xkrx.dpuf