Videos: Eat Vegan Like Beyoncé for Under $20

Personal Trainer Marco Borges Joins PETA in the Kitchen to Help Fans Get in Vegan Formation for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

For Immediate Release:
October 3, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

New York

Nutritionist to the stars Marco Borges—who helped Beyoncé get in shape for her historic Coachella performance—is kicking off Vegetarian Awareness Month with PETA by showing viewers how to prepare three quick and delicious vegan meals on a budget.

The dishes—a berry oat crumble, a squash and quinoa bowl with lemon-cashew dressing, and a pasta puttanesca with summer squash and zucchini—might not be lemonade, but they can be prepared in under 20 minutes and for less than $20. The recipes, available here, are also included in Borges’ popular 22 Days Nutrition meal-planning program, which helps people prepare healthy vegan food—and PETA points out that anyone who starts the plan in early October is on track to feeling their best by Halloween.

“[T]he beauty of this is that you don’t have to sacrifice on flavor when you switch over to a plant-based diet. The only thing … you’re giving up is you’re not hurting any animals in the process,” Borges says in one of the videos. “Did you know that the average person [who] switches to a plant-based diet saves 200 animals a year? For me, there’s no other way to live.”

Borges’ cooking tutorials come amidst a national PETA campaign pointing out that the Amazon is burning because ranchers are clearing land to meet the global demand for meat. More than 90% of the rainforest that has been cleared since 1970 is used for meat production, either for grazing or for growing food for cattle, including those in the U.S. market. The United Nations states that animal agriculture is responsible for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions—and warns that a global shift to vegan eating is vital if we are to combat the worst effects of climate change.

In addition to significantly reducing their contribution to the climate crisis, every person who goes vegan also helps combat speciesism, the damaging human-held belief that—despite their extraordinary talents, abilities, and intelligence—all other animal species are inferior to humans.

Borges is part of a long list of notable figures—including Paul McCartney, Woody Harrelson, Joaquin Phoenix, Peter Dinklage, RZA, Natalie Portman, Mayim Bialik, Maggie Q, and Madelaine Petsch—who’ve teamed up with PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”) to promote healthy vegan meals.

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