Monday, September 15, 2014

Meatless Monday Meals

Since its inception in 2003, Meatless Monday has grown in popularity, improving the health of people and the environment all across the world.
According to "The city of San Francisco, Baltimore City Public Schools and Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer have all decided to make Mondays meatless. In the U.S., over 30 college campuses have also embraced the campaign. On top of that, Meatless Monday programs have popped up in Britain, Brazil, Holland, Canada, Finland, Taiwan and Australia. Further, major food personalities, celebrities and leaders such as Michael Pollan, Al Gore, Sir Paul McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mario Batali are backing the movement."
It's easy to joint the movement.  Check out resources to get started at

I've gone meatless on Monday for the past few months and have been asked to share what I eat on those days.

Here are my Meatless Meals for today, Monday, September 15th:

Breakfast:  I luv me some Shakeology.  This chocolate with frozen banana and unsweetened almond milk hit the spot.

AM Snack:  Black seedless grapes and Fruit and nut mix. Picked this one up at Sams Club.  I can't remember the brand  - it is mostly fruit and sunflower seeds but tasty.  

Post workout Snack:  The plan was to pick up a bean and rice lunch after my workout, but I was pressed and had to hustle for school pickup.  The applesauce pouch was refreshing.

Lunch???  Can't really call it that. Grabbed some peanuts, a few corn chips and a plum to tide me over until dinner.

Dinner:  Roasted root vegetables. Roasted tomatoes and cucumber over kale and spinach with grated Asiago and a lemon Caesar dressing.  Braised white beans. 

I love white beans and kale.  In tonight's dinner, the white beans were leftovers from Zoes Kitchen (one of my new favorite quick and healthy restaurants), and the kale came from a salad mix.  I just dressed it. Easy peasy.

When I have more time, I will definitely try this Italian White Beans with Kale over Polenta recipe from Circle B Kitchen.  
Circle B Kitchen

It looks amazing!  All her recipes look amazing and she has a vegetarian section.  Perfect ideas to boost your Meatless Mondays.  Check her out.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Meatless Monday Meals

Meatless Monday began in 2003 in response to the release of the Healthy People 2010 report, which included goals to reduce dietary saturated fat by 15%. “Since saturated fat primarily comes from meat and animal products and since one day a week is just under 15% of the week, Meatless Monday was a practical method for helping people to meet those goals.  (Meatless Monday, By Sharon Palmer, RD, Today’s Dietitian, Vol. 15 No. 1 P. 38)

I've gone meatless on Monday for the past few months and have been asked to share what I eat on those days. 

Here are my Meatless Meals for Monday, September 1st:
Yes it was Labor Day and I remained true to my meatless commitment.  My food choices were different, delicious and I didn't miss the traditional beef and pig BBQ fest one bit.

Breakfast: The morning was so busy, I had eaten half before I remembered to take a picture.  Breakfast was light but filling - a boiled egg, toast and and pluot.

Snack 1: popcorn 

Main Meal

Lovely right!  A grilled Morningstar Farms Griller with a light swipe of BBQ sauce served open faced atop rye bread, baby kale, baby spinach, carrot and chard salad mix, red onion, with a touch of blue cheese, a deviled egg and fruit. Scrumptious!

PM Meal:  A few almonds and dried fruit. (The main meal stuck with me so I was not hungry for another full meal.)

And of course lots and lots of water:

BTW - MorningStar Farms is one of my favorites.  Their vege burgers are delicious. They have a significant vegetarian product line and support Meatless Mondays with information, recipes etc. See more...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Meatless Monday Meals

Reducing the amount of meat in your diet can reduce your cancer risk.

The Meatless Monday resources at report
“In one study of more than 35,000 women published in the British Journal of Cancer, those who ate the most red and processed meat were found to have the highest risk of breast cancer. Other research has linked meat consumption to colon, prostate, pancreatic, and gastric cancers as well. One theory, according to non-profit group The Cancer Project, is that foods with high levels of fat artificially boost the hormones that promote cancer.”  

I've gone meatless on Monday for the past few months and have been asked to share what I eat on those days.

Here are my Meatless Meals for Monday, August 25th
This was a crazy busy gotta-do-what-you-gotta-do day so fast food and meals eaten in the car happened.


Breakfast: McDonald's grits. Yes, where I live McDonald's serves grits - in a Styrofoam coffee cup.  It's Louisiana.   They cook the grits with butter and I tried to scoop it off.  The grits are not as good as my Momma's (or mine) but they are quick, $1.29 and in a pinch they'll do.

Lunch:  Qdoba again for their kid's naked burrito (no tortilla or rice), but full of black and pinto beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, bit of cheese, light sour cream and 2 types of salsa.  I can't get over how flavorful and filling their bowls and salads are.  And talk about stick with you.

Snack: Almonds and a banana.

Dinner:  Amy's Organic Fire Roasted Southwest Vegetable Soup and a grilled cheese made with a lovely aged cheddar ( I shop the 'Cuts under $3' basket at Whole Foods), and some fruit.

Water, water and more water.

Want to learn more?  If you are in the Gtr Baton Rouge area, join us at a free Meatless Meals Lunch N Learn Session - Sept 11 at Noon at New Hope Baptist Church.  Click here for more information.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Groovebook review with free photobook promo code

Excluding school pictures, I’m guessing there are ~27 pictures of me as a child.  Of our children... a conservative guess is about 2,700. Smartphones have been a game changer. They make capturing memories so easy.

Now what do you do with all those pictures?  Seriously. I’m interested in learning what works for folks. I have pictures on CDs, hard drives and thumb drives, in shoe boxes, old school albums (the kind with the sticky page and transparency overlay), and in the cloud. Digital images are convenient but akin to paper book over ebook, I prefer printed pictures.  As of late, my smartphone images worth keeping, in addition to digital storage, go to print in GrooveBook Photobooks.

GrooveBook is basically an app with a subscription service that each month prints 40-100 photos from your smartphone in a 4.5" x 6.5" photo book for $2.99 (the shipping and handling fee).  The photos are printed on glossy paper with a perforation so you can easily remove them from the book if desired. The photo’s time/date stamp is also printed in the binding margin (nice little memory book add).

More on how it works:

I saw GrooveBook on Shark Tank and thought there had to be a catch.  There isn't. They do what they promise and you get much more than you pay for.

So far we've used GrooveBook for end of school and summer memory books, ordered multiples and had them sent directly to family - (additional books are $2.99 as well).  As a small business owner, I also create books with pictures from my speaking engagements or images of product offerings - again for $2.99 each (you can't beat this with a stick).

How could you put this convenient and cost effective photobook app/process to good use?

Want to give GrooveBook a try for free?

  1. Go to and download the free GrooveBook app (it's available for Apple and Android devices).
  2. Follow the signup instructions and enter promo code JOHNSON12693 at checkout.
  3. Begin reviewing and uploading photos.

I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Meatless Monday Meals

Reducing meat consumption by 15%, (the equivalent of 1 day per week), lessens the risk of chronic preventable diseases and has a strong impact on the environment.

Millions of individuals and a growing number of businesses, organizations, city governments and entire school districts are choosing to go meatless one day per week.   Give it a go!

I've gone meatless on Monday for the past few months and have been asked to share what I eat on those days.

Here are my Meatless Meals for Monday, August 18th

Breakfast:  Cheerios Protein with unsweetened almond milk.  This product is quite tasty. A bit more sugar than I prefer but this is a whole family cereal.

Lunch:  Baked potato with Himalayan salt, pepper, and Sun-dried Tomato Basil Gouda.

Snack: Cliff Crunch Granola Bar White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

Dinner:  Fruit and kale salad with blue cheese and pecans.  Had a double portion of this here.

Want to learn more?  If you are in the Gtr Baton Rouge area, join us at a free Meatless Meals Lunch N Learn Session - Sept 11 at Noon at New Hope Baptist Church.  Click here for more information.