Step aside, sloppy joes

As we learn more about meat’s effect on the brain, the more feeding animal products to children sounds like a bad idea. Not only are children who eat meat less healthy, kids are often more sensitive to animal suffering, which can lead parents to lie about where their soggy cafeteria cutlets come from. (My parents always said it came from meat trees.)

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This fall, students in New York City public schools are putting kid’s health and wellness first, on Mondays, at least. This week, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced all NYC public schools in New York will have “Meatless Mondays” during the 2019-2020 school year. The announcement comes after a successful testing of the program last year. Cafeterias will offer all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch options on Mondays, allowing all kids to learn they don’t need meat to have a full, happy, and healthy tummy.

At a news conference, de Blasio said of the decision: “Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions… We’re expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come.”

While it might have started as a wartime initiative during World War I, Meatless Mondays have now become a jumping-off point for people to incorporate more plant-based eating into their diet. For children, being able to see just how tasty and filling meatless meals can be is a colossal step forward. With any luck, these kids will take their lessons home with them, and maybe, just maybe, they can become teachers to their own families as well.

Meatless School Lunches! 

You don’t need the cafeteria to get your kids delicious school lunches. Check out these plant-based school meals, courtesy of the Food Monster App!

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Chickpea Tuna Salad Sandwich 

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You can never go wrong with a filling, yummy, and protein-packed sandwich! This Chickpea Tuna Salad Sandwich by Michele Elizabeth is easy to make, and packed with good stuff!

Meatball and Garlicky Greens Subs

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This Meatball and Garlicky Greens Subs by Colorful Kitchen has a lot of flavor and is way healthier than the traditional sub! Packed with greens, this will be sure to give your kid great nutrition for their day.

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Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and Spinach Pinwheels

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Such a fun, colorful, and nutritious treat for lunch! These Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and Spinach Pinwheels by Emily Brees won’t take you more than 15 minutes to make! These are sure to become a lunch-time favorite!

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Maybe by now you have some lunchbox inspiration, and hopefully, something good to whip up for tomorrows lunch! Maybe you even want to make your own personalized version of some of our recipes! Don’t forget to download our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook for even more simple kid-friendly recipes! The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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