1. Better Health
Animal foods, especially red meat, are among the largest sources of saturated fats in our diet. Eliminating meat―beef, pork, lamb, poultry―one day a week can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease and some cancers. What’s more, “cutting down on meat encourages people to eat more vegetables,” says Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University, in New York City. Adding a serving of produce to your diet each day (say, ½ cup of melon or broccoli) may lower your risk of heart disease by 4 percent and your risk of stroke by 6 percent.
2. More Money in Your Pocket
Consuming less meat boosts your bottom line. The average cost of a pound of sirloin is $6.20, compared with 90 cents for a 15-ounce can of beans, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If a family of four replaces a steak dinner ($9.30 for 1½ pounds) with a fresh bean and vegetable salad ($1.80 for two cans of beans) once a week, they will save $7.50. After a year, that’s an extra $390.
3. A Greener Planet
The livestock industry creates almost a fifth of all greenhouse gases and takes up 30 percent of the earth’s usable land, according to a United Nations report. (Vegetables and other produce don’t even come close.) Eliminate 1½ pounds of meat (about what a family of four eats for dinner) once a week, says Gidon Eshel, a professor of physics at Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, “and you’ll get almost the same benefits as trading in a standard sedan for an ultra-efficient Prius hybrid.”
This is the first year that we were given the opportunity to be invited to South Beach Wine & Food “The Grand Tasting” event. For those who aren’t aware of these festival let us give you some insight. Imagine a big tent…..a really BIG tent that probably is about half a mile long and about two semi-trucks length. Now picture all types of different prestigious wines, liquor, and mixed drink vendors. Now picture foods from almost every nationality you can think of and the best of the best chefs preparing and serving them. Now place them all under one roof; and what do you have? Well that’s what the Wine & Food Festival is about!! We want to thank everyone that support us doing this years fest and hope to see you next year.
This weekend we had the honor to be invited to the Florida Blue Center in Winter Park Florida for their Health Wellness Summit. Thank you Blue Cross Blue Shield for allowing us to share our culinary art with your staff and guest.