following article was written by Lauren Gordon, PETA's celebrity marketing
coordinator and a certified holistic health counselor.
It should come as no surprise that consumers want more these days. I'm
not talking about super-sized orders or a plate of food that could feed a small
army. Consumers used to seek out foods that contained fewer nutritional
"undesirables" like fat, sugar, calories, and salt. Now shoppers want
foods filled with more beneficial ingredients. Recent buying behavior shows a
rise in consumer demand for products containing healthier components, with
fiber being the most sought-after element, followed by whole grains and
The American Dietetic Association recommends that women
consume at least 25 grams of fiber each day and men at least 38 grams a day. The
average American's fiber intake is about half that. A high-fiber diet can help
lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels, aid in digestion, and prevent
heart disease. Vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains are all excellent
sources of fiber, whereas meat, eggs, and
dairy products are not. A survey from the National Fiber Council showed that 62 percent of
people mistakenly believed that meat is a source of fiber—but meat contains no
This simple recipe for a delicious Lentil-Quinoa Salad is
full of all the things diners are looking for: fiber, whole grains, and
protein! Quinoa is a fiber-rich whole grain as well as a complete protein,
which means it contains all nine essential amino acids. Lentils are another great source of fiber and protein. This heart-healthy legume also contains
folate and magnesium.
Lack of planning is one of the biggest detriments to eating
healthfully. When consumers are hungry and must make last-minute decisions
about what to eat, cravings and convenience often trump healthy options. This
Lentil-Quinoa Salad is the antidote—make a large batch and keep the leftovers
in the fridge for a few days. You'll have a healthy dish full of fiber, whole
grains, and protein ready to eat when you are.
Lentil-Quinoa Salad1 cup quinoa5 cups water1 cup green or red lentils1/4 cup finely chopped shallot2 Tbsp. Dijon mustardJuice of 1/2 lemon1/3 cup olive oilSalt and pepper, to taste1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
Makes approximately 6
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.