While there is an increasing number of vegetarians in the world, there are also those to whom the term “flexitarian” applies. It’s a person who mostly sticks to vegetarian prepared meals and dishes, but who indulges in meat occasionally. The guide below looks at some of the reasons why limited meat consumption is beneficial.
Why Reduce Your Meat & Seafood Intake?
1. Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds
Following a flexitarian diet allows you to eat vegetarian prepared meals with some flexibility, hence the name. Although there are no strict guidelines that dictate how you should eat under this plan, the general idea is that the majority of your nutrients are derived from plant-based foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. At the same time, you can add meat to your meals if you want a protein boost. This way, you get what your body needs while also limiting the effect your meals have on the environment.
2. It May Help With Weight Loss
Losing weight ultimately boils down to reducing your calorie intake and substituting unhealthy foods with choices that are better for you. That might include using a food ordering service that provides healthy prepared meals or snacking less frequently. As a flexitarian, you might notice that you lose weight more easily by substituting caloric dishes, like cheeseburgers and fried fish, with more natural, healthy foods.
3. Boost Your Intake of Healthy Fats
Flexitarian diets are also naturally higher in fiber and healthy fats because they’re so concentrated on vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. These are the basic building blocks of a well-rounded eating plan. Moreover, the American Heart Association recommends several vegetarian components as excellent sources of unsaturated, or healthy, fats. These include nuts, avocados, and oils. Meat dishes, like beef and pork, contain saturated fat that can contribute to issues such as hypertension, heart disease, and high cholesterol.
Are you ready to transform your diet—and your lifestyle? Turn to Cibo Meals in Denver, CO. Specializing in delicious vegetarian prepared meals in mason jars, the company understands that you’re busy—which is why everything is ready to eat! Visit the meal delivery service online to find out more about ordering their pre-made meals or give them a call at (720) 530-3140 with questions.
Since Day 1 of Cibo Meals we’ve been using glass Mason jars to package our creative vegetarian meals…but why? Read on to learn just a “tip of the iceberg” history of these amazing vessels and why they work so great as the packaging for our meals.
A Mason jar, named after John Landis Mason who first invented and patented it in 1858, is a molded glass jar used in home canning to preserve food. Among the earliest glass jars used for home canning were wax sealers, but this process, which was complicated and error-prone, was soon discarded. By far the most popular form of closure for the glass canning jar was a zinc screw-on cap, the precursor to today’s screw-on lids. From 1857, when it was first patented, to the present, Mason jars have had hundreds of variations in shape and cap design. A new type of Mason jar known as a “bead” jar was introduced around 1910 to 1915. These continuous screw-thread jars were designed with a bead between the screw threads and the shoulder as a sealing surface. The Ball Perfect Mason jar, one of the most common jars of this style, was introduced around 1913 and produced until the mid-twentieth century. On August 15, 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Mason Jar Day to be observed annually as a National Holiday on November 30th, beginning in 2017 (mark your calendar for special savings to celebrate!).
Now, back to present day…when we started Cibo Meals one of our main goals was to help eliminate some of the waste that is generated by the food production, delivery, and consumption industry. This sounds pretty overwhelming, and it was, until I pulled a Mason jar from my cupboard to put my ever-precious fresh-squeezed lemon juice into (addiction alert), and realized THIS was the ultimate packaging for Cibo Meals. Mason jars are sturdy, presentable, easy to package, easy to sanitize and reuse, and cost-effective when returned to us by Customers who order often. Our breakage rate is only about 15%, and our meals stay fresh longer than plastic because of the awesome preservation properties of the jars and lids.
Please read this next phrase carefully and take just a moment to consider what it really means: Up to 25 percent of residential food waste is due to packaging size or design, for example, food spoiling due to lack of packaging, condiments sticking to the sides and bottoms of containers or the inability to portion bulk fresh foods for timely consumption. Spoilage prevention packaging, or packaging that extends shelf-life, and packaging adjustments that enable complete consumption are capable of diverting 280,000 tons of food waste, with an economic value of $882 million!
There is so much more out there about these wonderful vessels, and we’re so grateful to them for helping Cibo keep our local, national, and global impact on our earth remain as small as possible. If you have questions, your own jar stories or knowledge, or anything else, please email us. Check out next week’s meals and get 15% OFF here.
~Buon Cibo! Emily, Owner, Cibo Meals
Cibo Meals is bringing you some natural ideas on battling the allergies that often come our season changes. I’m a Colorado native and never had allergies when I was younger. I left CO. for about 8 years for the East Coast and when I returned to the Rocky Mountains I started having seasonal allergies all of the sudden. For awhile I relied on the over-the-counter drugs and nasal sprays, but those rarely lasted long and left me feeling more loopy than I wanted. As I’ve acclimated to being back at 5,280 elevation my seasonal allergies seems to be subsiding, but still, at the start of spring and transition into fall I always get some symptoms.
Here are some homeopathic options that are available in nature and easy to get at most local grocery stores. Much of the information we’re bringing you is from Lucky’s Market at Wadsworth & 38th Ave. in Wheat Ridge, so check out their Apothecary section soon.
- I just started using Hyland’s Seasonal Allergy Relief and it’s been working great on my symptoms. I love the quick-dissolving tablets that I can enjoy first thing in the morning and I’m pretty clear until the evening.
- As a long-time tea drinker I find it’s an easy way to keep my water intake up during the day. When I start to feel my allergies ramping up I bring out my favorite loose tea, Shifa Turmeric Allergy & Sinus Tea with Herbs (click to purchase from Amazon here). And the best; I use my Cibo Meals empty jars and lids to steep the tea while I’m getting ready in the morning, shopping for ingredients, and enjoying an evening sunset. You can make up a larger batch and have it hot or iced, and use a Piccolo jar when you’re on the go.
- Some other great natural remedies that are easy to get your hands on are Garlic (immunity boost), nettles (antihistamine properties, found in the tea mentioned above), yogurt (helps reduce grass pollen allergies, gut-health), and spicy seasonings like cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, horseradish, or wasabi all do a great job of clearing up sinuses (and adding instant heat to your meals). Hint: Keep spices in small Mason jars with a tight lid to keep them really fresh.
- Of course, eating a healthy, veggie-filled diet helps keep your immune system strong and your head clear, and so many of our Cibo Meals have these great benefits and so much more!
Learn more homeopathic options for natural remedies here , and more about Cibo Meals here
~Buon Cibo, Emily Green, Owner
References: Lucky’s Market Health & Happiness Magazine, April 2019