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More Than 32,000 People Join Spain’s Meat-Free Week Semana Sin Carne

On the occasion of World Meatless Day, which is on March 20, ProVeg has announced the seventh edition of Semana Sin Carne (Meat-free Week), a 7-day challenge to encourage the population to adopt a more plant-based diet and give the health of our planet a break.

The seven-day challenge will begin next Monday, March 18 and all interested people will be able to live a different plant experience each day of the challenge. Every day you will be provided with a daily menu, exclusive vegan recipes, nutritional tables, comparisons or nutritional advice and support, among many other things.

Eating plant-based saves money

The organization states that “a more plant-based diet will make you save on the shopping cart,” which, in turn, is in line with a study published in the medical journal Jama Network Open, in which following a plant-based diet during 16 weeks decreased total food costs by 16% per day. In addition, the study indicates that having a diet based on fruits, vegetables, cereals and legumes and avoiding meat, dairy and other animal products helps consumers save money and stay healthier.

For its part, the publication of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), clearly reiterates that more plant-based diets are necessary to help mitigate climate change before the planet falls into climate chaos.

“The report highlights the need to shift to more plant-based diets to reduce GHG emissions from the agricultural sector and meet the Paris Agreement to stay below 1.5°C,” said Juliette Tronchon, Head of UN Affairs. ProVeg International.

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The most veggie shopping basket

ProVeg Spain proposes several ways to save on your shopping cart and do it in the healthiest way:

  • Cooking several preparations one day and creating dishes for the rest of the week: eating a variety of foods throughout the week and investing as little time as possible in the kitchen will be a great advantage on a daily basis. For your part, organizing meals for the entire week in advance avoids waste, you buy exactly what you will need and you can buy large quantities of legumes, which are especially cheap, to create countless preparations. Furthermore, as a general rule, since they are 100% plant-based foods, they are easier to store and last longer in good condition.
  • Buy non-perishable foods: legumes, whether dried or canned, cereals and grains, nuts, seeds, canned fruits, dehydrated foods and frozen vegetables are your great allies in saving and prevent you from having to throw food in the trash.
  • Own preparation: it is becoming easier to find all kinds of dishes, preparations, vegetable burgers, etc. in any supermarket, but if you create them yourself at home you can save a lot of money and even eat healthier. Buying legumes, whether cooked or dried, will be especially convenient for making hummus, burgers, falafel, nuggets, spreads and any dish you can think of.
  • Buying large quantities of the necessary ingredients will save money and make more to store and freeze. 
  • Airtight Tupperware and reusable bags: Invest in some good airtight tupperware and reusable zip-lock bags, and freeze in portions according to your needs to take out and reheat at any time.
  • Discover vegetable proteins: tofu and textured soy are especially cheap and can be found in any supermarket. Tofu is usually priced at 7-8 euros per kilo and textured soybeans at 9-10 euros per kilo, and they are sources of complete protein.

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