The Earth Day is today and the perfect time to improve your healthy eating habits and do some good for the planet.
Beyond drinking water from a reusable water bottle, you can make better food decisions daily to better the planet.
One food swap you can try on Earth Day and every day is to eat organic food such as organic tomatoes. This helps the planet because it reduces the pesticides used in agricultural development.
It gets better. Organic tomatoes are excellent sources of antioxidants and vitamin C for your body. Organic fruits and vegetables also provide higher nutrient value than pesticide grown fruits and vegetables. Purchasing organic fruits and vegetables can help you save more on your grocery bill while adequately feeding your family.
Another wonderful food swap is brown rice. About 1/3 of the word’s fresh water supply goes into farming white rice. Brown rice can be farmed using less fresh water. You may want to service brown rice with quinoa and another grain such as corn is very fulfilling and healthy for the body. The same concept follows for swapping white bread for whole wheat bread. Whole wheat bread has a great source of nutrients and more satisfying fiber. Whole wheat is great for the environment because it takes less time to refine whole wheat bread than white bread.
As for meat consumption, have at least one day of the week where you go meatless. The process of making one burger is the equivalent of driving 320 miles in car. You can reduce this energy waste of food production by going meatless. One meatless day is equivalent to not driving a car for five weeks.
On the no meatless day, eat more fresh vegetables and fruits. If you have to eat meat, eat smaller portions of meat. One dish of modest portions of vegetables, fruits and a little meat will not only provide your body with plenty of fiber but also protect you from heart disease. The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the better.
If you are going to eat beef, go for grass fed beef. Grass fed beef reduces the carbon footprint of producing meat because it requires less energy than the traditional method of using grain to feed animals. Less water and pesticides are involved in grass fed beef.
Hearn Kirkwood has plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and meat so you can provide your family quality homemade meals and forget about getting take out or feeding them unhealthy processed meals.
Hearn Kirkwood has a wide variety of healthy vegetables, fruits, meat, seafood and beverage selections for you. See What’s Fresh today.
Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood. We purchase 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington and Virginia.