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ABC Lowcountry Live: Meatless Meals and Snacks for Earth Day

Earth Day, Meatless, Plant-based

Registered Dietitian, Mia Syn, MS, RD shares meatless meals and snacks for Earth Day that benefit our health and the environment.

Today on ABC WCIV-TV we celebrate Earth Day by embracing more meatless meals and snacks, which are not only good for us but for the planet as well. These are some foods that are going to make it easy – even if you aren’t a salad person!

Serve your veggies to kids in a fun way to celebrate Earth Day

Veggies Fries are a tasty and convenient way to eat more veggies. They’re made with potatoes but they’ve also added beans and fresh vegetables like broccoli and carrots. Every ten fries packs two servings of veggies. They are perfect for serving to kids! What kid doesn’t love their French fries? You can find them in the frozen section of the grocery story. All their fries are gluten-free and free of major food allergens.

A lightened up way to enjoy pizza – no meat required

When it comes to pizza it’s ALL about the toppings so one way to lighten it up is to use a CAULIFLOWER pizza crust. Not only does it look the same as your traditional crust, it’s also mild in taste so you and your family may not be able to tell the difference. Unlike traditional crust, which is primarily carbohydrates, cauliflower is naturally low in calories since it is a vegetable. It is also a good source of fiber and vitamin C. I shared Cali’flour Foods crusts, which are all gluten-free and about 60 calories per serving!

Meatless, plant-based snacks to replace potato chips

Harvest Snaps are a great potato chip alternative that moms can feel good about feeding to the family. They’re BAKED snap pea and lentil bean crisps made from peas and lentils so they have more protein and fiber than your traditional potato chips and they’re also lower in fat and sodium. I like the Tomato Basil flavor but they have a great selection available in many retailers. I recommend them as an on the go snack option but they also taste great on top of a salad or with soup – feel free to get creative!

Get your your veggie nutrients if you’re not a veggie lover

For those of us who just aren’t veggie people – these are for you especially if you love nut butter. They’re called Perfect Bar, they have the most decadent flavors like their NEW dark chocolate chip peanut butter with sea salt. You don’t even realize that they’ve added ingredients like kale, spinach and kelp, which are loaded with vitamins and minerals. You can find these in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. All their bars are gluten-free and made with whole food ingredients.

For more tips, watch the segment here!

Nutrition By Mia